Members of the Citizen's Commission on Jobs, Deficits and America’s Economic Future
Robert L. Borosage is the co-director of the Campaign for America’s Future and president of the Institute for America’s Future. Previously, Borosage founded and directed the Campaign for New Priorities. In 1988, he was senior issues adviser to the presidential campaign of the Rev. Jesse Jackson.
Dean Baker is the co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research. He has authored many books; his latest is “Taking Economics Seriously.” He appears frequently on TV and radio programs and writes for his blog, Beat the Press.
Deepak Bhargava is the executive director of the Center for Community Change. He conceived and led the center’s work on immigration reform, which has resulted in the creation of the Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM), and has worked on numerous other issues including affordable housing, welfare and health care.
Angela Glover Blackwell is the founder and president of PolicyLink, a national research and action institute advancing economic and social equity. She is the co-author of “Searching for Uncommon Common Ground: New Dimensions on Race in America,” and serves on the boards of the Children’s Defense Fund, Levi Strauss and Co., and the Corporation for Enterprise Development.
Jeff Blum is the executive director of USAction, a grassroots organization active on such issues as affordable health care, high quality public education, strong environmental policies and fair taxation.
Darcy Burner is the executive director of ProgressiveCongress.org and the Progressive Congress Action Fund, responsible for strategy and management of the organizations. She ran as a candidate for Washington's 8th congressional district in 2006 and 2008.
Larry Cohen is president of the 700,000-member Communications Workers of America. Cohen also chairs the AFL-CIO Organizing Committee and is the founder of Jobs with Justice. He was also a founder of American Rights at Work.
Teresa Ghilarducci is a labor economist, professor at The New School, the Bernard L. and Irene Schwartz Chair in economic policy analysis and director of the Schwartz Center for Economic Policy Analysis. An author of several books, her most recent work is, “When I’m Sixty-Four: The Plot Against Pensions and the Plan to Save Them.”
Heidi Hartmann is the president of the Institute for Women’s Policy Research, which she founded in 1987 and is also a Research Professor at The George Washington University. She is Vice-Chair of the National Council of Women’s Organizations and co-editor of the Journal of Women, Politics & Policy.
Mary Kay Henry is president of the Service Employees International Union. She was named one of the nation’s “Top 25 Women in Healthcare” for 2009 by Modern Healthcare. Henry began working with the SEIU in 1979.
Rob Johnson is the executive director of the Institute for New Economic Thinking and is a regular contributor to the Institute’s blog NewDeal2.0. Dr. Johnson has served as Chief Economist of the U.S. Senate Banking Committee and was Senior Economist of the U.S. Senate Budget Committee.
Joan Kuriansky is the executive director of Wider Opportunities for Women. She chairs the National Coalition on Women, Jobs and Job Training and serves as an advisor to the Institute on Women’s Policy Research and the Washington Area Women’s Foundation Portrait Project.
Robert Kuttner is co-founder and co-editor of The American Prospect magazine and distinguished senior fellow at the think tank Demos. He writes columns in The Boston Globe and The Huffington Post and is the author of eight books, most recently “A Presidency in Peril: The Inside Story of Obama's Promise, Wall Street's Power, and the Struggle to Control our Economic Future.”
Jeff Madrick is a regular contributor to The New York Review of Books and is currently editor of Challenge Magazine, visiting professor of humanities at The Cooper Union, and senior fellow at the Roosevelt Institute and the Schwartz Center for Economic Policy Analysis, The New School. His new book, "Age of Greed: The Triumph of Finance and the Decline of America, 1970-Present," will be published in the spring.
Dr. Julianne Malveaux is the president of Bennett College for Women. She is an economist, author and commentator whose articles have been published nationally. Currently, Malveaux serves on the boards of the Economic Policy Institute, The Recreation Wish List Committee of Washington, DC, and the Liberian Education Trust.
Terry O'Neill is president of the National Organization for Women. She is also president of the NOW Foundation and chair of the NOW Political Action Committees, and serves as the principal spokesperson for all three entities.
Robert Pollin is professor of economics and co-director of the Political Economy Research Institute at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. His recent books include “A Measure of Fairness: The Economics of Living Wages and Minimum Wages; An Employment-Targeted Economic Program for Kenya.”
Robert Reich is chancellor’s professor of public policy at the University of California at Berkeley. He has served in three national administrations, most recently as secretary of labor under President Bill Clinton. He has written thirteen books, including “The Work of Nations,” “Locked in the Cabinet,” “Supercapitalism,” and his most recent book, “Aftershock.”
Sen. Don Riegle served as Democratic senator from Michigan from 1976 to 1995. He served on the Senate Budget Committee for 18 years, the Finance Committee for eight years, the Labor and Human Resources and the Commerce Committee for a number of years, and the Banking Committee for 18 years (six as chairman).
Charles Rodgers is president of the New Community Fund. He is a director of the West End House Boys & Girls Club of Allston-Brighton, trustee of The Institute of Contemporary Art, the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University, the Massachusetts Institute for a New Commonwealth, and the Democracy Alliance.
Justin Ruben is the executive director of MoveOn.org. He oversaw the "Call for Change" campaign in 2006. In 2008, he supervised the email organizing component of MoveOn’s electoral program, which turned out a million MoveOn volunteers for the Obama campaign.
Karen See is president of the Coalition of Labor Union Women, the national women's organization within the labor movement. Prior to becoming president in 2009, she served for two years as CLUW’s membership and field organizer.
Deborah Weinstein is the executive director of the Coalition on Human Needs. She has had a career of over 30 years of advocacy on a wide range of issues at both the state and federal level, including nine years as director of the family income division at the Children's Defense Fund.