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Board of Directors


President
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.


Vice President
Sabrina Wulff Pabilonia

Sabrina Wulff PabiloniaSabrina 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.


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.


Treasurer
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. 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.


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.


Website Director
Kaitlin Hildner
Kaitlin HildnerKaitlin Hildner is a Senior Financial Analyst at the Federal Housing Finance Agency, where she is responsible for evaluating risks and creating guidance for the safety and soundness of the Federal Home Loan Banks. Prior to working at FHFA, she worked at the Urban Institute researching place-based outcomes related to education and housing. She received her B.A. in Economics from Haverford College and her M.S. in Applied Economics from Johns Hopkins University.


Executive Secretary
Misty Heggeness

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.


Outreach Director and Event Planner
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.


Conference Chair
Cristina Miller

Cristina Miller is an Economist with the Rural Economy Branch in the Resource and Rural Economics Division of US Department of Agriculture 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 – 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.


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
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
Young Jo 
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 https://www.ers.usda.gov/authors/ers-staff-directory/young-jo. 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.


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
Eric 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.


Former President, Board Member ex officio
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).


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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