Senior Director, Economic Policy



Brendan Duke

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Brendan Duke is a senior director for economic policy at American Progress. His focus is on general economic and labor market issues issues such as wages, employment, wealth, and inflation, in addition to federal tax policy.

Prior to joining American Progress, he was a senior adviser to Sen. Michael Bennet (D-CO) and staff director of the U.S. Senate Finance Subcommittee on Taxation and IRS Oversight.

Previously, he was a senior policy adviser at the White House National Economic Council and volunteer on the Biden-Harris transition team. Duke estimated the cost of various provisions of the American Rescue Plan and of the Biden administration’s Build Back Better plan, as well as helped develop its overall budgetary frameworks. He also worked on the Biden-Harris administration’s Supply Chain Disruptions Task Force, where he served as the National Economic Council’s point person on supply chain data during the port congestion crisis of 2021 and the infant formula crisis of 2022.

This is Duke’s second stint at American Progress, and he has also held positions at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities and Congress’ U.S. Joint Economic Committee. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Macalester College and a master’s in public affairs from Princeton University.


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Repealing the Estate Tax Is Phony Populism In the News

Repealing the Estate Tax Is Phony Populism

Brendan V. Duke argues that President Trump's support for repealing the estate tax is incompatible with his campaign populism.


Brendan Duke

Toward a Marshall Plan for America Report

Toward a Marshall Plan for America

The economy is not producing access to a good, stable middle-class life for people who do not go to college. On prudential and ethical grounds, progressives must do more to create decent job opportunities and secure family situations for all working people facing difficult economic conditions not within their control.

Neera Tanden, Carmel Martin, Marc Jarsulic, 6 More Brendan Duke, Ben Olinsky, Melissa Boteach, John Halpin, Ruy Teixeira, Rob Griffin

Trump: Making the Trade Deficit Great Again Report

Trump: Making the Trade Deficit Great Again

President Trump’s combination of tax cuts, hawkish monetary policy, and financial deregulation will cause the U.S. dollar and trade deficit to rise.

Brendan Duke

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