Nominees for SGE Board 2019

If you are a member of SGE, you should receive an invitation to vote in your email. Please email board@sge-econ.org if you do not. Write-in candidates are also welcome for any position.


President: Candidate Susan Fleck has served as Conference Chair of the annual conference (2017-19) and SGE President (2018). She has worked for 30 years in the nonprofit and public sectors on productivity, international labor comparisons, gender and development, and, most recently, international prices, as the Assistant Commissioner of the International Price Program at the Bureau of Labor Statistics. She holds a PhD in Economics from American University, and a MPhil in Development Studies from the Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex. Susan has worked in the US civil service at the Department of Labor, Department of State, and Department of Homeland Security on a wide range of economic and policy issues; she has publications covering the topics of productivity, international labor comparisons, and women’s role and gender relations in the work force in Honduras and Mexico. She presently oversees the International Price Index program, which provides data and analysis of US import and export prices. Susan has also held short-term positions with the United Nations and other international and non-profit organizations working in development. She has taught graduate courses at American University and Georgetown University.


Vice President: Candidate Sabrina Pabilonia served last year as Vice President for the SGE Board, and seeks to do so again. She has helped organize the SGE annual conference for the past two years and select papers for the SGE sessions for ASSA for the past four years. Sabrina Wulff Pabilonia is a Research Economist with the Productivity Research group at the Bureau of Labor Statistics. She received her Bachelor’s degree in economics from Smith College in 1992 and Ph.D. in economics from the University of Washington in 2001. Her current research interests include state productivity, 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.


Executive Secretary: Candidate Misty Heggeness is a research economist and senior advisor for evaluations and experiments at the U.S. Census Bureau. She started her federal career at the U.S. Department of Labor and has also managed the Biomedical Research and Development Price Index at the National Institutes of Health. At the Census Bureau, her work has focused primarily on poverty, inequality, and household composition. She also teaches a course on policy analysis and evaluation at the University of Maryland. She regularly participates in the SGE Annual Conference and is active in the SGE sessions at national conferences. SGE provides a unique opportunity for government economists to network and is a supportive vehicle for disseminating the high quality and impactful research of government economists; she would be honored to play an active role on the Board and provide a link between SGE and the Census Bureau.


Treasurer: Candidate Susan Xu works as an international economist at the Department of Commerce International Trade Administration. Her research interests lie within international trade economics and policies. Dr. Xu holds a PhD from the University of Maryland School of Public Policy, College Park with the concentration on international trade and economic policy; she also holds law degrees from New York University School of Law and Indiana University Maurer School of Law. In the past years, Dr. Xu has actively attended SGE’s annual conferences and ASSA/SGE sessions and published conference papers at both. With the combination of her experience, skills, and enthusiasm about economic research in public policy, Dr. Xu believes she is an ideal candidate for this position. Should she be elected, Dr. Xu would facilitate collaborations among government economists, help organize annual conferences and other professional communication opportunities, support professional development of economists, and promote the roles of economists in the arena of public policy.


Outreach Director and Event Planner: Candidate Wendy C.Y. Li is a research economist at the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis. Her research focuses on R&D, intangible capital, depreciation of intangible capital, innovation, online platform, offshoring, trade, and the value of data. She received a Ph.D. in Economics from University of California, Los Angeles, a M.S. in Management Science and Engineering from Stanford University, a M.B.A. in Finance and Marketing from National Chengchi University, and a B.A. in Economics from National Taiwan 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.


Conference Chair: Candidate Cristina Miller is a Research Economist with the USDA Economic Research Service. Cristina’s research interests include rural economic development, rural and farmer health/access to healthcare, and rural housing. Cristina earned her Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Baylor University in Texas, Master’s degree in Political Science from University of Birmingham in the United Kingdom, Master’s degree in Agriculture Economics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (including a Certificate in Agriculture Health and Safety), and Doctoral Degree in Economics from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She was a Fulbright scholar at the University of Cologne in Germany and participated in the International Comparative Rural Policy Studies Summer Institute at Catholic University Leuven in Belgium. She has been an active At-Large Board member since 2018 assisting with abstract selections for the ASSA and SGE Annual conferences, as well as, co-chairing the 2018 SGE Annual Conference.


Membership Director: Candidate Wenhua Di is a senior research economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas since 2006. Her current research interests include higher education finance, small business lending and program evaluation. Dr. Di also serves as the executive director of the Dallas-Fort Worth Federal Statistical Research Data Center (DFW FSRDC). Before she joined the Dallas Fed in 2006, Dr. Di was a visiting assistant professor at the University of Texas at Dallas. She received a PhD in public policy with a concentration in environmental economics from Harvard University, an MS and a BS from Peking University. Her involvement with SGE started in 2010 when she worked with Dr. Steven Payson on a chapter of the book Public Economics in the United States: How the Federal Government Analyzes and Influences the Economy. Later she participated in the annual ASSA/SGE meetings five times either as a presenter or a discussant. Dr. Di also served on the paper review committee the past two years. Please find more information at this website.


At-large Board Member: Candidate 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 has presented at SGE organized ASSA sessions and annual SGE conferences, as well as helped with organization of SGE conferences in the past.


At-large Board Member: Candidate Breno Braga is a labor economist and a Senior Research Associate in the Center on Labor, Human Services, and Population at the Urban Institute. His research has covered such topics as the effects of high-skilled immigration on labor markets and the role of local conditions in asset accumulation. His articles have been published in academic journals including the Journal of Labor Economics and Labour Economics. His work has been cited in many media outlets, including the New York Times, the Atlantic, and Bloomberg. Braga received his MA in economics from the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro and his PhD in economics from the University of Michigan.


At-large Board Member: Candidate Young Jo is a Research Economist at the USDA Economic Research Service. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2015. She conducts research on the economics of obesity, food choices, food assistance and nutrition programs, and health outcomes. For more information on her work, please visit this page. Young Jo served as a volunteer at the annual SGE conference last year and this year is presenting her work as well as serving as a session chair. As a board member, she hopes to increase diversity in presentation topics as well as organizations that are represented at the conference. She plans to increase the SGE’s visibility by reaching out to various organizations, such as the World Bank or RAND corporation, where she has professional contacts, to increase participation in SGE-organized ASSA sessions.