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Jonathan Orszag


Jon Orszag is a Senior Fellow in economic policy at American Progress. Orszag also serves as a senior managing director and a member of the Executive Committee of Compass Lexecon, an economic consulting firm. As a consultant, Orszag has conducted economic and financial analysis on a wide range of complex issues in antitrust, regulatory, policy, and litigation matters for corporations and public-sector entities. In 2004, Orszag was named by the Global Competition Review as the youngest member of “The World’s 40 Brightest Young Antitrust Lawyers and Economists” in its “40 Under 40” survey. In 2006, the Global Competition Review also named Orszag one of the world’s “Best Young Competition Economists.”

Prior to entering the private sector, Orszag served as the assistant to the U.S. Secretary of Commerce, director of the Office of Policy and Strategic Planning, and an economic policy advisor on President Clinton’s National Economic Council. In 1999, the Corporation for Enterprise Development awarded Orszag its leadership award for “forging innovative public policies to expand economic opportunity in America.”

Orszag is a fellow at the University of Southern California’s Center for Communication Law and Policy. From September 2000 to January 2003, Orszag served on the California Workforce Investment Board to which he was appointed by Democratic Governor Gray Davis. The Workforce Investment Board is responsible for coordinating the state’s job training programs. From 2000 to 2003, Orszag also served on the California Governor’s Technology Advisory Group. During the 2004 election, Orszag served as a weekly commentator on economic issues for The Wall Street Journal Online.

Orszag received an M.Sc. from Oxford University, which he attended as a Marshall Scholar. He graduated summa cum laude in economics from Princeton University, was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, and was named to the USA Today All-USA College Academic Team. He is also a graduate of Phillips Exeter Academy.