ELECTIONS for SGE BOARD of DIRECTORS 2021 – Nominees and Ballot

The SGE Nominating Committee affirmed the nomination of the following active SGE members for Board of Director positions that become vacant this year.

Elections will run from May 6th to 20th, 2021. Vote by clicking on this link: HTTP://bit.ly/sge21elect

An announcement regarding new Board Members will be made soon after elections close.

Questions regarding the elections may be directed to elections@sge-econ.org.

The SGE Board of Directors holds elections yearly to fill officer, coordinator, and at-large positions. The Nominating and Election Committee members are Susan Fleck and Austin Nichols.

For your vote to count, you must have paid your membership dues for 2021 in the past twelve months. To vote in the election you must be an actie member. Please pay via credit card or paypal at the secure paypal link: http://www.sge-econ.org/join-sge/.

The list of nominees for the 2021 SGE Board elections is below.

Vacant PositionNomineesTerm Ends
PresidentSabrina Pabilonia2022
Vice-PresidentCristina Miller2022
Executive SecretaryDanielle Sandler2023
TreasurerSusan Xu2023
Outreach Director and Event PlannerWendy C.Y. Li2023
Conference ChairNo nominee2023
Membership DirectorWenhua Di2023
Executive DirectorBrian Sloboda2025
Website DirectorPeter Meyer2023
At-Large Board Member (3)Breno Braga, Erick Sager, Scott Wentland2023

The nominees’ statements are listed below:

PresidentCandidate Sabrina Wulff Pabilonia has served for the last three years as Vice President for the SGE Board, and seeks to run as President. She has helped organize the SGE annual conference for the past three years and select papers for the SGE sessions for ASSA for the past five years. She also coordinated the new virtual Friday noon seminar series. Sabrina is a Research Economist with the Productivity Research group at the Bureau of Labor Statistics and an IZA fellow. Her work has been published in leading international journals such as the Journal of Human Resources, Canadian Journal of Economics, Journal of Population Economics, Economics of Education Review and Labour Economics. Her current research interests include state-level productivity, productivity dispersion, hours of work measurement, time use, economics of technological change, and economics of education. She also serves on the board of the International Association for Research in Income and Wealth and organizes sessions for their biennial conference. She received her A.B. in economics from Smith College and Ph.D. in economics from the University of Washington.

Vice PresidentCandidate Cristina Miller has served on the SGE Board for the past four years. She is an Economist with the USDA Rural Development Innovation Center and focuses her research on rural economic development, rural and farm household access to healthcare, and housing as a measure of rural wealth. Board positions she has previously held include Member-at-Large and Conference Chair. She actively reached out to local colleges and universities to engage students, assisted with website development, acted as virtual seminar host, chaired conference sessions at the SGE Annual Conference, and has been a reviewer for the ASSA individual and session submissions. Cristina received her B.A. in Business Administration from Baylor University, 2 Masters degrees, one in Political Science from the University of Birmingham and one in Agricultural Economics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Cristina also received her Ph.D. in economics from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She was awarded a Fulbright scholarship and studied European integration at the Universit of Cologne in Germany and studied at the Catholic University Leuven in Belgium.

Executive Secretary: Candidate Dani Sandler works as a labor and urban economist at the Census Bureau’s Center for Economic Studies. Her current research interests include female employment, the gender earnings gap, and residential mobility. She has been an SGE member since 2013, has presented in multiple SGE@ASSA sessions, and has attended other SGE events.  She holds a Ph.D. from UC Davis. She wants to become more involved with the SGE and build on the work to maintain collaboration among government economists and economists working on government policy by joining the SGE Board.

Treasurer: Candidate Susan Xu works as an international economist at the Department of Commerce International Trade Administration.  She has work experience with government, international institutions, and the private sector. Her current research interests include international trade policy, political economy, supply chain, foreign direct investment, and digital trade.  Her research has been presented at ASSA Annual Meeting, International Studies Association Annual Convention, and World Congress of International Political Science Association, etc.  Her first involvement with SGE dated back to 2018.  Thereafter, she regularly participates in the SGE Annual Conference; currently acts as Treasurer on the board of SGE; and serves on the SGE seminar committee.  Susan holds a PhD from the University of Maryland School of Public Policy, College Park.  She also holds law degrees from New York University School of Law and Indiana University Maurer School of Law. She would like to continue to serve as the SGE outreach director to promote Society’s activities, to attract more members, and to help cultivate a greater environment for our community.

Outreach Director and Event Planner: Candidate Wendy C.Y. Li is a research economist at the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis. She has joined the SGE for 11 years and served first as the executive secretary and currently as the outreach director. Her current research focuses on online platforms, the value of data, markets for data, cross-border data flow and digital trade. Her areas of general interest are intangible capital, depreciation of intangible capital, innovation, and globalization. She is recognized by OECD’s Directorate for Science, Technology and Innovation as one of the world’s leading experts in the areas of valuation of data and online platforms. She is also recognized by WTO as one of the world’s leading technical experts on data flows and trade. Her research has been presented at international institutions, including the European Union Intellectual Property Office, the International Monetary Fund, the OECD, and the WTO. She served as a member of the Advisory Group of Valuing Data project conducted by the University of Cambridge and the Open Data Institute in 2019-2020. She is also a liaison for the Committee on the Status of Women in the Economics Profession of the American Economic Association. She received a B.A. in Economics from National Taiwan University, a M.S. in Management Science and Engineering from Stanford University, and a Ph.D. in Economics from University of California, Los Angeles. Wendy has served on the SGE Board in various capacities in the past 5 years, most recently as the organizer of the SGE@ASSA January meetings.

Conference Chair: No Nominee.

Membership Director: Candidate Wenhua Di is a senior research economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas since 2006. Her current research interests include consumer finance, small business lending and labor economics. She also serves as the executive director of the Dallas-Fort Worth Federal Statistical Research Data Center. Before she joined the Dallas Fed in 2006, she was a visiting assistant professor at the University of Texas at Dallas. Wenhua received a PhD in public policy with a concentration in environmental economics from Harvard University, and an MS and a BS from Peking University. She believes her far- network crossing academia, government and the Fed, and her passion for facilitating collaboration and supporting others can help the SGE. Wenhua is currently Membership Chair of SGE and she is seeking another term. She has been involved with SGE since 2010 when working with Dr. Steven Payson on a book chapter on government household finance data. She later participated in the annual ASSA/SGE meetings seven times either as a presenter or a discussant, served on the SE@ASSA review committee several times and helped organize an SGE lunch seminar in 2021. She says, “During all these years, I’ve found the SGE an organically run organization that provides a nurturing and supportive network and platform for government economists who work on public policy issues. I am very proud to be part of the community and hoping to be able contribute to its continuous growth. I would love to find out how to improve communication and better serve the members and the board in the years to come.”

Executive Director: Candidate Brian Sloboda is currently serving in the Executive Director role. His goal as SGE executive director is to further inclusiveness and diversity and to enable SGE to be visible in the economics profession. He has served on the SGE board in many capacities, including Treasurer, 2005-2007; Vice President, 2007-2008;  President, 2008-2009; Treasurer, 2009-2011 (appointed); Outreach and Communications, 2011-2016; Acting Executive Director, 2016-2017 (appointed); Executive Director, 2017-; SGE Evening Seminar Committee (current). He says, “The conversations among the SGE Board members are quite robust and healthy, and that is how organizations grow and prosper.” 

Web Director: Candidate Peter Meyer is a senior research economist at the Bureau of Labor Statistics with interests in economic history and productivity. He has been involved in SGE for more than a decade. He has presented at the annual SGE conference and the SGE@ASSA meetings, and served on the evening seminar organizing committee.  Peter has been editing web pages since the 1990s and is an active Wikipedia editor. He says, “SGE is a collaborative professional organization that does a good job bringing together government economists. I would like to contribute in a leadership role in SGE as Web Director.”

At-large Board MemberCandidate Breno Braga is a labor economist and a Principal Research Associate at the Urban Institute. His research has covered topics such as the effects of high-skilled immigration on labor markets and the role of local conditions in asset accumulation. Breno has served as an SGE board member since 2019. Among many responsibilities as a board member, Breno organized an SGE seminar on Access to Higher Education, reviewed submission for the SGE sponsored panels at the ASSA meetings, and participated in many board meeting during the past 2 years. Breno looks forward to the opportunity of representing think tank researchers from the DC area in the SGE board for the next two years.

At-large Board MemberCandidate Erick Sager is a Senior Economist at the Federal Reserve Board of Governors in the Research and Statistics Division working in the areas of macroeconomics, growth and trade. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota in 2013 and prior to joining the Federal Reserve Board was a Research Economist in the Division of Price and Index Number Research at the Bureau of Labor Statistics, a Visiting Assistant Professor of Economics at Johns Hopkins University, and a Research Analyst at the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. He currently serves as an At-Large Board Member of the SGE, having advised the SGE on all matters of business, helping organize SGE annual conferences and SGE sessions at the ASSA, and presenting research at SGE functions in the past.

At-large Board Member:    Candidate Scott Wentland is a research economist at the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA), where his research centers on applied microeconomics topics. He received his PhD in Economics from George Mason University in 2009 and has since published research on housing, taxation, real estate, and urban economics. Prior to joining the BEA in 2015 he worked as a tenured Associate Professor of Economics at Longwood University. He is a member of CRIW and is actively involved in organizing seminars and conferences, such as BEA Brown Bag Seminar, 2019 & 2020 FCSM Conference Program Committee. Scott became a member of SGE in 2016. In addition to participation in ASSA/SGE sessions, he has recently been involved in organizing a SGE Friday Virtual Seminar Series and has helped organize other conferences like FCSM as part of the Conference Program Committee (2019-2021).