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Board of Directors



President
Austin Nichols
Austin NicholsAustin Nichols is a Principal Scientist at Abt Associates who specializes in applied econometrics, labor economics, and public finance. His research focuses on the well-being of families and social insurance programs, including work on child poverty, disability insurance, income volatility, and economic mobility (within and across generations). He also studies education, health, tax and labor market interventions, and determinants of poverty and economic inequality. Nichols holds an MPP from Harvard University and a PhD in economics from the University of Michigan. He previously worked for the Urban Institute for over 10 years, and for the DeBruce Foundation for 2 years. He has conducted research and training under contract to the U.S. Social Security Administration, the U.S. Departments of Labor, Education, Interior, Housing and Urban Development, and Health and Human Services, and several state governments and the District of Columbia (OSSE, DCPS, DOES, and EOM). Some past research is listed on his personal website. He has taught courses at George Washington University, the University of Maryland, American University, and Georgetown University (where he currently teaches Public Economics).


Vice President
Molly Saunders-Scott

Molly Saunders-Scott
Molly Saunders-Scott is an Analyst in the Tax Analysis Division of the Congressional Budget Office (CBO). Her research focuses on corporate and international taxation. Currently, her work focuses on the tax planning decisions of multinational firms. She received her Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Michigan.


Executive Director
Brian Sloboda
Brian SlobodaBrian Sloboda teaches at the University of Phoenix. Brian specializes in labor economics and microeconomic theory and has research interests in labor economics, performance measurement, and applied time series. Brian has published articles in the Journal of Economics, Advances in Econometrics, Crisis Management in Tourism, Tourism Economics, Journal of Transportation and Statistics, Pennsylvania Economic Review, International Journal of Transport Economics, Journal of Educators Online, the Journal of Transportation Research Forum, Journal of the Washington Institute of China Studies, Journal of Business and Economic Studies, Journal of Business and Economic Perspectives, Insight: The Scholarly Journal, Advances and Applications in Statistics, Current Politics and Economics in Africa, and the Virginia Economic Journal. He edited a volume for J Ross Publishers on Transportation Statistics in 2009 and Econometric and Forecasting Models (co-edited with Kalamogo Coulibaly and Chandrasekhar Putcha) in 2013. He is also a committee member for the Federal Forecasters Consortium (FFC) and a board member for the Pennsylvania Economics Association. He is currently an assistant editor for the Journal of Economics. He is also a former president of the Society of Government Economists (SGE). Brian earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from Rowan University in New Jersey and received his Master’s and Doctoral Degrees in Economics from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, and just finished the Post-Doctoral Bridge (PDB) Program at the Warrington College of Business Administration Hough Graduate School at the University of Florida with a specialization in financial management and corporate finance.


Conference Committee Chair
Susan Fleck

Susan FleckSusan Fleck has 30 years of government, nonprofit and international organization experience in economics. She holds a BA in Economics from the University of Notre Dame, an MPhil in Development Studies from the Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex, and a PhD in Economics from American University. During the past twenty years, Susan has worked at the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, Department of State, and Department of Homeland Security on a wide range of economic, labor, trade, and immigration issues. She is a senior executive in the federal government and presently oversees the International Price Index Program, which measures inflation of US imports and exports.


Treasurer
Leroynda Brooks
Leroynda BrooksLeroynda Brooks is an Economist (Maritime Policy) with the U.S. Coast Guard, where she performs systematic collection, analysis, and interpretation of economic data. She also performs cost-benefit and other quantitative analysis in support of Coast Guard programs that address marine safety, security, and environmental protection. She serves as the contracting officer’s technical representative to manage and direct technical performance of contracted parties, and is responsible for planning and conducting a range of economic studies related to regulatory impact analysis.


Membership Director
Bradley Hardy
Bradley HardyBradley Hardy is an Assistant Professor within the Department of Public Administration and Policy in the School of Public Affairs at American University. His research interests lie within labor and applied microeconomics, with an emphasis on economic instability, intergenerational mobility, poverty, and young adult socio-economic outcomes. He is also interested in the changing role and impact of government tax and transfer programs on a range of socio-economic outcomes, including poverty, income instability and intergenerational mobility. At American, he teaches courses on microeconomics and social policy. He also serves on the executive board of the National Economic Association and the editorial board of the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management.


Website Director
Al Meilus
Al MeilusAl Meilus is a Senior Operations Research Analyst at the FAA’s, Office of Performance Analysis, within System Operations Services. He is responsible for a variety of analyses mostly related to air traffic delays, including analysis of airline schedules, traffic demand and distribution, congestion at specific airports, tracking industry trends as well as a variety of other on-going and ad hoc studies to support System Operations.
Prior to joining the FAA in June 2009, Mr. Meilus worked for two major airlines where he was responsible for Corporate Forecasting, Planning and Analysis.
Mr. Meilus has more than 20 years of airline industry and government experience related to financial and operational performance. Most notably from 2005 to 2009, Mr. Meilus served as the chief forecaster for Delta Air Lines as it reorganized through bankruptcy and merged with Northwest Airlines.
Mr. Meilus earned his B.S. in mathematics from Indiana University and his M.S. in Operations Research from the George Washington University School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.


Executive Secretary
Wendy Li

Wendy Li is a research economist at the Bureau of Economic Analysis. Her research covers topics in innovation and trade economics. She holds a PhD in Economics from University of California, Los Angeles and a MS in Management Science and Engineering from Stanford University. She is an active member and serves on the Program Committees of both the International Association for Research in Income and Wealth and the Society of Economic Measurement. She is currently the executive secretary of the Society of Government Economists (SGE). She has been helping economists participate in the annual SGE conferences and the annual ASSA/SGE sessions, and facilitating collaborations among the economists in the community through SGE activities.


Board Member
Melvyn Sacks
Melvyn SacksMelvyn Sacks has been an Economist with the U.S. Treasury Department performing economic and financial research on government securities and capital markets for Treasury officials, and researching and aiding the FBI and U.S. attorneys in cases of government fraud. Also at the Treasury Department Mr. Sacks led an interagency task force examining the 20 largest Federal formula grant programs, which entailed conducting interviews with program directors and other senior Federal officials. Prior to working at the Treasury Department, Mr. Sacks did economic analysis at the Export-Import Bank of the United States, the Department of Labor, and received an appointment with the Executive Office of the President under the administration of President Jimmy Carter performing economic analysis with the Council on Wage and Price Stability. Melvyn Sacks is first president of the Transportation Research Forum, and on the council of the National Association of Railroad Passengers. Mr. Sacks completed a B.A. at Emporia State University, an M.A. in economics from the University of Missouri, and post-graduate studies at the London School of Economics.


Board Member
Takashi Yamashita


Board Member
Chasse Rehwinkel

Farhad Niami
Chasse Rehwinkel is the Chief Economist for the Illinois State Comptroller Office, where he works on issues of state liquidity, public budgeting, and access to capital. Previous to coming to Comptroller’s office in 2017, Chasse served as the Director of Policy for the Illinois State Treasurer. In this role, Chasse served as the chief policy advisor for the Illinois State Treasurer’s Office, an office that oversees the management of $25 billion in total assets including the State’s portfolio, the LGIP Illinois Funds, the 529 college savings plans Bright Start and Bright Directions, Illinois’ agricultural linked deposit program Ag Invest, as well as many other state savings and lending programs. In addition to his roles in the State Comptroller and Treasurer’s offices, Chasse worked in a number of state and local government roles, including as the Policy and Legislative Director for Illinois State Representative Ann Williams and as the Head of Infrastructure for Chicago Alderman Michele Smith, where he managed the office’s $1.32 Million infrastructure budget. Chasse received his Master in Public Policy, with a focus in municipal finance, from the University of Chicago and graduated with his Bachelor’s Degree, with honors, from Gettysburg College. Chasse is a member of the American Economic Association, the Midwest Economic Association, and the Society of Labor Economists, and serves on the associate boards of the Center for Economic Progress and Housing Forward.


Board Member
Farhad Niami
Farhad NiamiFarhad Niami serves as Director of Economic Affairs and the Acting Deputy CFO for the Office of Revenue Analysis (ORA) of the District of Columbia’s Office of the Chief Financial Officer (OCFO). He collaborates with the Revenue Estimating Administration and Special Studies Administration within ORA and other District government components on matters related to the District’s economy. He administers a Division that is responsible for reviewing the accuracy and substantive content of all products and material developed by ORA. He is also responsible for developing presentation materials that describe the District’s economic base and revenue estimates. He also serves as Acting Deputy Chief Financial Officer for the Revenue Analysis in the absence of the Deputy CFO. Prior to joining the OCFO, he was a Senior Economist at the District’s Public Service Commission, and prior to that, he served as the State Economist responsible for revenue estimation in State of Louisiana. Farhad also served as the Chief Economist & Administrator for the Division of Economic & Rates Analysis of Louisiana Public Service Commission. Prior to that he served as the Chief Economist for the Department of Wildlife & Fisheries in Louisiana. He has served as an economic faculty at Western Oregon State College, Oregon State University, and Louisiana State University. He received his master’s degree in economics from the University of Oregon and his doctoral degree in resource economics from Oregon State University.


Board Member
Leo Sveikauskas
Leo Sveikauskas is a Research Economist with the Productivity Research group at the Bureau of Labor Statistics. He is a graduate of Harvard College and has a Ph.D. from Yale University. He has taught at Rutgers University and Michigan State University. Leo is interested in the economics of technology, R&D, productivity growth, international trade, and urban and regional economics. He has published articles on these topics in core economics journals such as the American Economic Review, the Quarterly Journal of Economics, the Review of Economics and Statistics, the Economic Journal, and the International Economic Review. Leo believes that the Society of Government Economists plays an important role in connecting government economists with the broader profession. He has been a member of the SGE for many years.


Board Member
Robert Lerman
Bob LermanRobert Lerman, a leading expert on how education, employment, and family structure work together to affect economic well-being, is the Urban Institute’s first Institute fellow in labor and social policy. He was director of the Institute’s Labor and Social Policy Center from 1995 to 2003, and one of the first scholars to examine the factors leading to unwed fatherhood and the effects of early unwed fatherhood on earnings. His work on youth apprenticeships in the late 1980s encouraged the creation of national school-to- work programs. His current research focuses on interactions between job and marital stability, the effects of marriage promotion programs, and youth transitions from school to career. The author of more than 150 articles, monographs, reports, reviews, and conference papers, Bob has held dual appointments with the Urban Institute and the economics department at American University since 1995. He chaired the American University department from 1989 to 1995 and continues to be a professor of economics there. He has served on a variety of panels and commissions, including the National Academy of Sciences panel looking at the nation’s postsecondary education and training system for the workplace and the board of the National Fatherhood Initiative. He has testified before congressional committees on such topics as youth apprenticeship, child support policies, and the information technology labor market.


Board Member
Jules Lichtenstein
Jules LichtensteinJules Lichtenstein is currently an economic consultant specializing small and medium-sized business analytics. Prior to consulting he was a Senior Economist in the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Office of Advocacy. He specialized in economic research and statistics related to pension and retirement policy, health insurance, and job training as well as entrepreneurship and self-employment. He has been a Senior Policy Advisor in AARP’s Public Policy Institute where he handled pension and retiree health research and served on AARP’s Benefits Investment Subcommittee charged with managing pension and 401(k) plans for AARP’s employees.
He has also held positions at the Office of Management and Budget, Executive Office of the President, where he was Budget Examiner for the Economic Development Administration and Regional Commissions, and a Senior Policy Analyst in the Special Studies Division, Economics & Government. He has been a Professor of Urban and Regional Planning at Catholic University in Washington, DC. He has served as Vice President for Programs at the National Economists Club and vice president and president of the Society of Government Economists. He has a Bachelors degree from the University of California, Berkeley, a Masters degree from the University of Washington, Seattle, and a Ph.D. in City & Regional Planning from Cornell University.


Former President, Board Member ex officio
Amelie F. Constant

Amelie ConstantAmelie F. Constant was elected President of SGE for a third one-year term in May 2016.  Since September 1, 2016 she is a Visiting Research Fellow at Princeton University. Previously she was the Director of Migration at IZA and the founding co-editor of the IZA Journal of Migration. She is an UNU-MERIT fellow, and academic member of ATINER and a member of the European Academy of Sciences.  Amelie serves on the editorial board of Applied Economics Quarterly and has been on the scientific committee of several international congresses.  She is on the board of directors of AIRLEAP and SGE. Amelie is a leading expert in the economics of international migration and the labor markets.  She has written sixty eight refereed articles and book chapters and has won several awards for them.  She has co-edited the books: The Foundations of Migration Economics (2016), the International Handbook of the Economics of Migration (2013), How Labor Migrants Fare? (2004); a volume of the Research in Labor Economics (2009), and special issues of the Journal of International Manpower (2009 and 2016).  Her research has been funded by several foundations.  Amelie has also written more than thirty reports and op-ed pieces on migration issues.  She has been invited to deliver keynotes, present her research at many institutions, and talk at migration policy panels and symposia; she has also given many interviews to the press.  She has organized over sixty workshops and international conferences with great success.  She has also served as reviewer to peer-reviewed journals, grant proposals, Ph.D. dissertations, and promotions/tenure decisions and the Linnaeus universities.  Amelie has led many initiatives such as mentoring and professional development sessions for junior researchers and faculty at conferences and at DIWDC.  As a professor, Amelie has fifteen years of experience in teaching undergraduate and graduate classes in economics and labor at the GWU, GTU, UAH, and Drexel University.  Amelie received her Ph.D. in Labor Economics and Econometrics from Vanderbilt University in 1998, and had her post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania.  She has a B.A. in Economics and Mathematics from the University of Athens, Greece, and an M.A. in Economic Development from the University of Paris II, France. She speaks English, French and Greek fluently and has good command of German.


Mailing Address

Society of Government Economists
P.O. Box 23010
Washington, DC 20026-3010

Phone Number

(202) 643-1743 (643-1SGE)

Partners

SGE is proud to partner with the following organizations:


The National Economists Club


American Economics Association

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