Former Pennington School trustee is first Black to serve as chair of the Council of Economic Advisers to president


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A member of the Pennington School Board of Trustees from 2017 until March 2021, Cecilia Rouse was sworn in as chair of the Council of Economic Advisers (CEA) for President Joe Biden.

Rouse was the Pennington School’s 2020 Commencement speaker, and is a current Pennington School parent.

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She was sworn in to the CEA by Vice President Kamala Harris on March 12, according to information provided by the Pennington School on April 9.

Rouse was nominated by Biden in December to lead the CEA, an agency within the Executive Office of the president of the United States that is charged with offering the president objective economic advice on the formulation of both domestic and international economic policy, according to the statement.

The council bases its recommendations and analysis on economic research and empirical evidence, using the best data available to support the president in setting the nation’s economic policy.

Rouse previously served on the CEA under President Barack Obama, and will be only the fourth woman, and first Black, to lead this agency, according to the statement.

Rouse is the former dean of Princeton University’s School of Public and International Affairs.

“This is a moment of urgency and opportunity unlike anything we’ve faced in modern times. The urgency of ending a devastating crisis. And the opportunity to build a better economy in its wake – an economy that works for everyone, and leaves no one to fall through the cracks,” Rouse said in the statement.


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