Jason Furman

Jason Furman

Jason Furman
Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers
Assumed office
August 2, 2013
President Barack Obama
Preceded by Alan Krueger
Personal details
Born (1970-08-18) August 18, 1970
New York City, New York, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Eve Gerber
Children 2
Alma mater Harvard University
London School of Economics

Jason Furman (born August 18, 1970) is an economist. On June 10, 2013, Furman was named by President Barack Obama as Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers (CEA).[1] Previously, since January 28, 2009, Furman had served as the Deputy Director of the National Economic Council, which followed his role as an advisor to candidate Obama during the 2008 presidential campaign. Initially, Furman's appointment as a campaign adviser had been criticized by some labor activists.[2]

Early life & career

Raised in New York City, Furman is the son of Jay Furman, a real-estate and shopping mall developer who donated more than $20 million to NYU [3] and serves on its board of trustees. His mother, Gail Furman, a child psychologist,[4] heads the family's Furman Foundation, Inc, which funds mostly left-leaning nonprofit groups.[5] His brother Jesse Furman is a judge of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.


Furman graduated from the George W. Bush.

Later career

In 1996, while he was a graduate student at Harvard Department of Economics, Furman was hired by economist Joseph Stiglitz to serve a one-year stint as Special Assistant to the President for Economic Policy in the Clinton Administration and on staff of the Council of Economic Advisers. He later worked with Stiglitz at the World Bank. Furman was involved to varying degrees with the Presidential campaigns of Al Gore and Wesley Clark, along with his wife, Eve Gerber, who also contributed as a speechwriter for Clark.[6] In 2004, he took a position as Director of Economic Policy for the 2004 Kerry presidential campaign.

In recent years, Furman worked as a budget expert at the Brookings Institution. There, he worked with former Clinton Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin and directed the Hamilton Project, an economic policy research group that develops policy proposals to achieve shared economic growth.[7]

He was a Visiting Scholar at 2008 Obama presidential campaign.

Personal life

He and his wife Eve live in Washington, D.C., with their two children, Henry and Louisa. The family also maintains an apartment in Greenwich Village.


  1. ^ The White House. "Remarks by the President Nominating Jason Furman as Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers." June 10, 2013.
  2. ^ Obama's selection of Jason Furman as economic advisor is criticized - Los Angeles Times
  3. ^ Barrett, Ruth Shalit. "New Brainiac: Jason Furman". New York Magazine. New York Media LLC. Retrieved 1 July 2013. 
  4. ^ http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/jason-furman/gIQAsPHN9O_topic.html
  5. ^ Guidestar: Furman Foundation, Inc. FY 2007 Report
  6. ^ Boak, Josh. "10 Things You Don’t Know About Obama’s New Econ Guru Read". The Fiscal Times. The Fiscal Times. Retrieved 2 July 2013. 
  7. ^ Jason Furman - Brookings Institution
  8. ^ Jason Furman NYU Wagner

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Political offices
Preceded by
Alan Krueger
Chairperson of the Council of Economic Advisers