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Board of Directors

Sabrina Wulff Pabilonia

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, study of work-life balance, and economics of education. She has published in leading international journals such as the Journal of Human Resources, Canadian Journal of Economics, Journal of Population Economics, and Labour Economics.

Vice President
Cristina Miller

Cristina Miller is a Research Economist and USDA Rural Health Liaison with US Department of Agriculture Rural Development Innovation Center. She is also a Research Fellow with IZA. 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 – Economics and Marketing – 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 (and a Certificate in Agriculture Health and Safety), and Doctoral Degree in Economics from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She conducted research on European integration as a Fulbright student at the University of Cologne in Germany. In addition, Cristina conducted research on European Union (EU) Common Agriculture Policy, as well as, EU regional/rural policies while attending the International Comparative Rural Policy Studies Summer Institute at Catholic University Leuven in Belgium.

Executive Secretary
Dani Sandler

Dani Sandler works as a labor and urban economist at the Census Bureau’s Center for Economic Studies. She received her bachelor’s degree in Economics from U.C. Santa Barbara in 2007 and her Ph.D. from U.C. Davis in 2012. Her current research interests include female employment and the motherhood penalty, post-incarceration labor market outcomes, residential mobility, and diversity in the economics profession.

Susan Xu

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.

Executive DirectorBrian Sloboda
Brian Sloboda
Brian 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.

Membership Director
Wenhua Di

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.

Outreach Director and Event Planner
Wendy C.Y. Li

Wendy C.Y. Li is the Executive Director of the Moon Economics Institute. She currently serves as an Expert Advisory Board Member for a European Commission project on Economic Values of Data Flows. She is also the Conference Chair for the ASSA/SGE Sessions and the Outreach Director of the Society of Government Economists in the U.S. 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 was a research economist at the U.S. Department of Commerce from September 2008 to July 2021, when she also served as a liaison for the Committee on the Status of Women in the Economics Profession of the American Economic Association during 2019-2021. She received a B.A. in Economics from National Taiwan University, an MBA in Finance and Marketing from the National Chengchi University, a M.S. in Management Science and Engineering from Stanford University, and a Ph.D. in Economics from University of California, Los Angeles.

Website Director
Peter B. Meyer

Peter B. Meyer is a research economist at the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. He specializes in productivity statistics, economic history, and the history of technology. He has attended SGE seminars and conferences and served on the Evening Seminars committee for many years.  He received an A.B. in Applied Mathematics from Harvard University and a Ph.D. in Economics from Northwestern University.  In a previous career, Peter worked as a software engineer.

For SGE matters please write him at econterms(at)gmail.com and mention SGE in the subject line. 

Board Member
Breno Braga

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.

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
Erick Sager

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.

Board Member
Gray Kimbrough

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.

Board Member
Scott Wentland

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.

Bulletin EditorMelvyn Sacks
Melvyn Sacks
Melvyn 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.

Former President, Board Member ex officioSusan Fleck
Susan Fleck

Susan 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.

Former President, Board Member ex officioAustin Nichols
Austin Nichols
Austin 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 teaches Public Economics.

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