WASHINGTON -- The Concord Coalition announced today that Diane Lim Rogers has been hired as the organization's first Chief Economist, coming directly from Capitol Hill where she has served as Chief Economist of the House Budget Committee since January 2007. During 2006, Dr. Rogers was Research Director of the Budgeting for National Priorities project at the Brookings Institution and participated as a member of The Concord Coalition’s “Fiscal Wake-Up Tour”, along with former U.S. Comptroller General David M. Walker and other scholars from Brookings and the Heritage Foundation.
“We are delighted that Diane is bringing her considerable analytical skills and passion for fiscal responsibility to The Concord Coalition. She has the rare ability to make a strong, non-partisan, economic case for fiscal responsibility in a way that doesn’t require a Ph.D. in economics to understand,” said Concord Coalition Executive Director Robert L. Bixby.
As Chief Economist, Dr. Rogers will research and write issue briefs as well as provide commentary on tax and fiscal policy. She will also be a key part of the Fiscal Wake-Up Tour team, both in developing educational material for the current phase of the Tour and in helping to plan the next phase. “I am thrilled to be given this unique opportunity to advocate for thoughtful, fiscally responsible policy as the surest route to both a strong economy today and a bright economic future for our children,” said Rogers. On May 11, Mother’s Day, Rogers will launch a blog called EconomistMom.com, where she will comment on a range of issues, with fiscal responsibility prominent among them, using her dual credentials as a Ph.D. economist and mom of four kids.
From 2004 to 2006 Dr. Rogers served as Chief Economist for the House Ways and Means Committee Democrats, and prior to that was a Principal Economist for the Joint Economic Committee Democrats. She was a Senior Economist on the staff of the Council of Economic Advisers during the last year of the Clinton Administration and first 100 days of the Bush Administration, and in President Clinton’s final Economic Report of the President (2001) drafted the sections extolling the merits of fiscal discipline. Dr. Rogers has also worked at the Urban Institute and the Congressional Budget Office, and was Assistant Professor of Economics at Penn State University. She continues to teach courses on tax and budget policy as an Adjunct Professor in the School of Public Policy and Public Administration at George Washington University.
Dr. Rogers received her B.A. in Economics from the University of Michigan in 1983, her M.A. from Brown University in 1984, and her Ph.D. from the University of Virginia in 1991. Her husband, Dr. John H. Rogers, is an economist at the Federal Reserve Board (Deputy Associate Director in the International Finance Division), and they live in Vienna, Virginia with their three daughters and one son.
The Concord Coalition is a nonpartisan, grassroots organization dedicated to balanced federal budgets and generationally responsible fiscal policy. Former U.S. Senators Warren Rudman (R-NH) and Bob Kerrey (D-NE) serve as Concord's co-chairs and former Secretary of Commerce Peter Peterson serves as president.