Senior Fellow, Economic Policy
Expertise: Economics, labor policy, pensions, social safety net, federal budget and tax policy, and antipoverty
Ben Olinsky is a Senior Fellow at American Progress who focuses on a wide range of issues affecting America’s shared economic prosperity in the face of new challenges—and opportunities—of the 21st century.
He joined American Progress after more than a decade of service in the U.S. Senate. He served as senior economic advisor to Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-MA) on the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions, and more recently served as the legislative director for Sen. Al Franken (D-MN). Previously, Ben was an advisor to Sens. Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) and Jack Reed (D-RI), covering economic, banking, telecommunications, pensions, and health care policy.
During his career, Ben has worked on efforts to strengthen the middle class and reduce income inequality, strengthen our nation’s pension and unemployment-insurance laws, make our tax system fairer and more efficient, improve the regulation of financial markets, and better measure our society’s progress through key national indicators.
Ben received his bachelor’s degree in political science, with distinction, from Yale University.