AIRLEAP Board of Directors

Deirdre McCloskey (Chair); Distinguished Professor of Economics, History, English, and Communication; University of Illinois Chicago. Professor McCloskey is an author of numerous books and articles in economics, including her most recent book, The Bourgeois Virtues: Ethics for an Age of Commerce (University of Chicago Press, 2006). She is a leading authority on the rhetoric of economics and on many other AIRLEAP-related topics. Professor McCloskey has held a wide range of leadership positions in the economics community, including, for example, serving as a member of the Executive Committee of the American Economic Association in 1994–1997.

Connie Chang; Director, Ocean Tomo Federal Services. Prior to rejoining the private sector, Connie spent thirteen years in the Department of Commerce where she most recently served as Research Director and Chief of Staff to the Under Secretary of Commerce for Technology at the Technology Administration (TA). She previously held the position of Acting Director for the Office of Technology Policy at TA and as Supervisory Economist at the Advanced Technology Program, which was part of TA's National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), where she led major program evaluation studies and policy research reports to advance the understanding of technology-based innovation. Connie received the U.S. Department of Commerce Bronze Medal Award, the highest honorary recognition at NIST, in 2000. She has served as an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Economics at Georgetown University and worked on Wall Street for several years.

George DeMartino; Associate Dean of Graduate Studies, Graduate School of International Studies, University of Denver, and Associate Professor, GSIS, University of Denver. "Professor DeMartino's research interests include global political economy, industrial relations, the ethical foundations of economic theory and policy, and political economy theory. He has published widely in these areas, including his book Global Economy, Global Justice: Theoretical Objections and Policy Alternatives to Neoliberalism. … He teaches courses on the political economy of globalization, the normative foundations of global economic policymaking, theories of political economy, and professional ethics and international affairs. At present, he is at work on a book ‘I Do Solemnly Swear': On the need for and content of professional economic ethics, to be published by the University of Michigan Press, and on several papers related to ethical questions that arise in the context of international economic integration."

Seth Giertz; Assistant Professor of Economics, University of Nebraska. Professor Giertz was previously (until the summer of 2008) an economist for the Congressional Budget Office’s tax division (in Washington, D.C.), which he began after completing his PhD in economics from Syracuse University in 2001. He grew up in Illinois and received his B.A. from the University of Illinois (at Urbana-Champaign). His work at CBO examines the effects of taxation on various parts of the economy. He has worked on tax issues relating to higher education finance, charitable giving, executive compensation, financing for Social Security and possible reforms to the U.S. markets for healthcare and health insurance. In 2005, while on leave from CBO, Seth served as a staff economist for the President's Advisory Panel on Federal Tax Reform. From 2005 to 2008, Seth served on the board of the Society of Government Economists.

Gary Hoover; Associate Professor of Economics; Assistant Dean for Faculty and Graduate Student Development; University of Alabama, College of Commerce and Business Administration. Professor Hoover was a visiting scholar at the Institute for Research on Poverty, and he is also a leading authority on plagiarism in economics. Some of his articles have been published in the Journal of Economic Literature, Journal of Income Distribution, American Economic Review P&P, Journal of Labor Research, and International Tax and Public Finance.

Thomas Mayer; Emeritus Professor of Economics at the University of California, Davis, where he has taught mainly monetary economics and macroeconomics. Previously, Professor Mayer taught at Michigan State University and briefly at the University of California, Berkeley; Notre Dame University; and West Virginia University. He has published numerous papers in professional journals. Among his books are Permanent Income, Wealth and Consumption; The Structure of Monetarism (with others); Money, Banking and the Economy (with J. Duesenberry and R, Aliber); Monetarism and Macroeconomic Policy; Monetary Policy and the Great Inflation; and Invitation to Economics (forthcoming). He has served as President of the Western Economic Association, as Chairman of the International Network for Economic Method, and on the editorial board of several journals.

Francis McFaul; Private Consultant in Information Technology. He is a specialist in database development for major organizations (both private and governmental) in the Washington DC area. Mr. McFaul is actively involved in designing the advanced information systems that AIRLEAP will be using for its website and database management. He has earlier experience as an economist in the Bureau of Economic Analysis, International Trade Administration, National Association of Home Builders, and in other for-profit and nonprofit organizations.

Doug Palo; Program Manager. Office of Policy, Program, and Employee Development; Food Safety and Inspection Service, US Department of Agriculture. Mr. Palo is a leading expert on food safety issues, as an economist, animal scientist, and public policy analyst. He has represented the United States in negotiations with other nations on treaties associated with food safety and technological barriers to trade, and has lectured on these topics to various audiences. Mr. Palo is also the former President of the Hollin Hall Citizens Association in Virginia.

Steven Payson; Executive Director (and founder) of AIRLEAP, and ex officio member of the AIRLEAP Board of Directors. Dr. Payson is currently Chief of Research in the Government Division of the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis. He has served as an Adjunct Professor of Economics at Georgetown University between 2003 and 2007, for a course on the Economics of Technology, Innovation, and Growth. He is the author of Quality Measurement in Economics: New Perspectives on the Evolution of Goods and Services (Edward Elgar, 1994) and Economics, Science and Technology (Edward Elgar, 2000). Dr. Payson is also Vice President of the Society of Government Economists, and he is a Board Member of the International Confederation of Associations for Pluralism in Economics.

Brooks Robinson; Economic Advisor to the U.S. Pacific Command. Recently, Dr. Robinson served as Vice-President and Senior Research Economist for Analysis, Institute for Triple Helix Innovation, where he performed research on the topics: “Triple Helix Innovation Economics,” “Innovation Indicators,” “Innovation Metrics,” and “Social Networks and Innovation.” He was Chief of the Government Division of the Bureau of Economic Analysis, U.S. Department of Commerce from 2002-2006, where he managed a staff of over 30 economists measuring the government sector of the National Economic Accounts. Dr. Robinson also represented the U.S. on an International Task Force on the Harmonization of Public Sector Accounting. He is the principle contributor and developer of the website and forum “BlackEconomics.org.”

Zhi Wang; Senior Economist, International Trade Commission; Research Fellow, Global Trade Analysis Project. Dr. Wang is a leading expert on computational general equilibrium modeling (CGE) and data reconciliation, and on US-China trade in Advanced Technology Projects. His extensive research in these areas have been published in the Journal of Regional Sciences, the Journal of Comparative Economics, China Economic Review, the Journal of Policy Modeling, Urban Studies, and the World Economy. Dr. Wang has been a Consultant to the World Bank, and had served on the Board of Directors of the Chinese Economists Society. In July 2007 he was awarded a Fulbright Senior Specialists grant, to serve in Tsinghua University, Beijing under an International Exchange of Scholars Program.