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Economist, former Obama and Biden CEA, views mine alone
Gopi Shah Goda is a Senior Fellow at the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research and a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. She served as a senior economist in President Biden's Council of Economic Advisers.
Wes Yin is a Professor at UCLA, and Obama Administration Treasury and CEA alum. Currently serving as Chief Economist of OMB in the Biden Administration, and on leave from Briefing Book.