|Born:||December 25, 1958 (age 61)|
As chair of the Council of Economic Advisers from January 2009 to September 2010, Christina Romer was one of the four economics principals who met with President Obama daily to design and guide the administration's response to the Great Recession. She played a key role in macroeconomic policy, the rescue and reform of the financial system, health care reform, and budget policy. In addition, she was a primary spokesperson on the economy for the administration, appearing frequently on the evening news, in the financial press, and on the Sunday morning news programs.
Romer was born December 25, 1958, in Alton, Illinois. She earned her bachelor's degree in economics from The College of William & Mary in 1981, and her Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1985. Upon completion of her doctorate, she started working as an assistant professor at Princeton University. In 1988 she moved to the University of California, Berkeley and was promoted to full professor in 1993.
An expert in economic history and macroeconomics, Romer is a leading scholar on the causes of the Great Depression and the impact of monetary and fiscal policy. She is the class of 1957-Garff B. Wilson Professor of Economics at the University of California, Berkeley and co-director of the Program in Monetary Economics at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER). She is a former vice president of the American Economic Association, a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship recipient, a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a winner of the Berkeley Distinguished Teaching Award, and was a member of the NBER Business Cycle Dating Committee. She is the author of numerous scholarly articles and a regular contributor to the New York Times "Economic View" column in the Sunday business section. She is also a contributing editor for Bloomberg Television.
Romer is the recipient of numerous awards for her scholarship and teaching, including the Presidential Young Investigator Award from the National Science Foundation, a Simon P. Guggenheim fellowship, membership in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the Distinguished Teaching Award at the University of California, Berkeley.