Alicia H. Munnell serves as a Member of the President's Council of Economic Advisers. She focuses on domestic macroeconomic issues as well as health, labor, and environmental topics.
Prior to joining the Council, Dr. Munnell served for nearly three years as Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Economic Policy. In that capacity, she oversaw a staff of talented professionals who contributed to nearly every aspect of Administration policy.
Dr. Munnell spent most of her professional career at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston. She joined the staff of the Boston Fed's Research Department as an economist in 1973 and became Senior Vice President and Director of Research in 1984.
In addition to supervising the preparation of articles for several department publications, Dr. Munnell was responsible for assessing the competitive aspects of Bank mergers and acquisitions and for coordinating department-wide efforts on a broad array of topics. As a member of the Bank's Policy Coordinating Committee, she worked with senior management to resolve major bank-wide issues.
While at the Fed, Dr. Munnell wrote extensively on tax policy, social security, public and private pensions and productivity. She published many articles, authored numerous books, and edited several volumes on these topics.
Among many other affiliations, Dr. Munnell was co-founder and first President of the National Academy of Social Insurance. She has also served on numerous advisory boards and panels. She is currently a member of the Institute of Medicine, the National Academy of Public Administration, and the Pension Research Council at Wharton.
Dr. Munnell earned her B.A. from Wellesley College, an M.A. from Boston University, and her Ph.D. from Harvard University. She is married to Henry Healy and has two grown sons.