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Jamaica-born Renee Bowen Bowen is director of UCSD’s Center for Commerce and Diplomacy and a former consultant at the World Bank. For the past year, she has been on Gov. Gavin Newsom’s Council of Economic Advisors.
She has now been appointed as a senior economist for trade with the Council of Economic Advisers in the Biden/Harris administration.
She will serve for one year as the senior economist for trade with the Council of Economic Advisers, a White House agency created to help the president evaluate economic trends and formulate financial plans.
In a written statement Bowen said, “I am extremely excited to serve in the Biden administration by providing expertise on economic policy based on data, research, and evidence. I look forward to creating more opportunities to bridge the worlds of policymaking and academia to help build a better future for the United States and the world.”
Bowen is originally from Kingston, Jamaica. She earned her Civil Engineering degree at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and her Master’s and Doctorate from Georgetown University in the field of economics.
She previously worked with JP Morgan Chase on Wall Street as well as a consultant for the World Bank where she concentrated on international trade policy for sub-Saharan Africa. Prior to joining the council, Bowen served as a professor and pastor faculty fellow at the University of California San Diego.
She is jointly appointed at the School of Global Policy and Strategy and the Department of Economics and is director of the Center for Commerce and Diplomacy.
Her research focuses on political economy, microeconomic theory, and international trade.
Her list of achievements include:
Her recent work examined designing an international economic order. She applies dynamic game theory to study the behavior of individuals who are constrained by institutions and who have long-term strategic considerations.