Nominees for SGE Board 2020 Candidate Bios

There is one nominee for President and one for VP, and five nominees for two open at-large board seats. Vote at

President:  Candidate Susan Fleck has served as Conference Chair of the annual conference (2017-19) and SGE President (2018-20). 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 Wulff Pabilonia has served for the last two years as Vice President for the SGE Board, and seeks to do so again. 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. 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.

At-large Board Member:    Candidate Scott Wentland is a research economist at the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA), where his research focuses on applied microeconomics, namely in the areas of 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 received his PhD in Economics from George Mason University in 2009 and has taught courses at George Mason University and George Washington University (where he currently teaches a graduate course in microeconometrics). In addition to his research and teaching experience, at each of his positions he has been very active in university committees and organizing seminars/conferences (e.g., BEA Brown Bag Seminar, 2019 & 2020 FCSM Conference Program Committee).

At-large Board Member:  Candidate Byrian Ramsey is the corporate Information Technology Director for the largest Indian Tribe and gaming casino in Alabama. With more than 25 years in technology, Byrian also earned his Doctor of Management in Organizational Leadership with Emphasis on Information Systems and Technology from the University of Phoenix where is was also inducted into the Delta Mu Delta International Honor Society in Business (#2312550) for his excellence in research, publication, and instruction. Byrian is also a professor for several universities and sits on dissertation committees for doctoral students in 3 universities. Byrian has presented at SGE and has been advocating for other professionals to join. Byrian’s goals for being your At-Large Member is to continue finding papers that align with the organization’s mission, goals, and future. Byrian will uphold the mission of SGE to support the professional development of government economists, and those who are interested in public policy economics, by providing them with research, publication, and professional communication opportunities.

At-large Board Member:  Candidate Melvyn Sacks:   I would like to continue to be a board member of SGE.  I have been a member of SGE since the later part of the 1970’s, including vice president and treasury of our organization.    Currently I am chairman of the SGE Seminar committee, and I have been a member of the committee since the late 1970’s.  During my tenure as chairman, the committee has organized seminars as diverse as reducing corruption in Columbia and Nigeria, counterfeiting of U.S. currency, cyber fraud, the economic effects of global warming, and high-speed trains in the U.S.  Currently the seminar committee has on the table a seminar on affordable housing and government programs for solving homelessness, and automated driving and artificial intelligence.  My career has included working as an economist for the Export-Import Bank of the U.S. and International Labor Affairs at the Department of Labor, an economist for the Office of Wage and Price Stability in the Executive Office of the President, and a financial and economic analyst the Bureau of Public Debt of the U.S. Treasury Department.  I received my M.A. degree in Economics from the University of Missouri-Columbia, and post graduate economic studies at the London School of Economics.

At-large Board Member:  Candidate Leo Sveikauskas is a Research Economist in the Productivity Research group at the Bureau of Labor Statistics.  He has worked on productivity growth, R&D, international economics, urban and regional economics, and the intersection between these areas.  He has published articles on these topics in mainstream journals such as the American Economic Review, Review of Economics and Statistics, Quarterly Journal of Economics, the Economic Journal, and the international Economic Review.  He is a graduate of Harvard College and has a Ph.D. from Yale University.    Leo is interested in the role of the Society of Government Economists in helping government economists connect with the broader economic community, and believes that the SGE can help government economists carry out their important work more effectively.

At-large Board Member:  Candidate Gray Kimbrough is a Senior Economist at the Federal Housing Finance Agency. He received his Ph.D. in economics from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 2016. His research has focused on labor, time use, and demographic changes.  His work has been featured in a variety of media outlets including the Washington Post, Vox, and NPR. He has also worked extensively to increase diversity in the economics profession on a variety of dimensions. He has presented and organized two panels discussing potential careers in economics for students and early-career professionals at SGE conferences.