Karen Dynan is a professor of the practice in the economics department at Harvard University. She is also a senior fellow of the Peterson Institute of International Economics. Dynan served as assistant secretary for economic policy and chief economist at the US Department of the Treasury from 2014 to 2017, leading analysis of economic conditions and development of policies to address the nation’s economic challenges. From 2009 to 2013, Dynan was vice president and co-director of the Economic Studies program at the Brookings Institution. Before that, she was on the staff of the Federal Reserve Board, leading work in macroeconomic forecasting, household finances, the Fed’s response to the financial crisis, and other areas. Dynan also served as a senior economist for the White House Council of Economic Advisers from 2003 to 2004 and as a visiting assistant professor at Johns Hopkins University in 1998. Her research focuses on fiscal and other types of macroeconomic policy, consumer behavior, and household finances. Dynan received her PhD in economics from Harvard University and her AB from Brown University.