Shai Akabas is the associate director for economic policy at the Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC). He joined BPC’s Economic Policy Project in 2010, staffing the Domenici-Rivlin Debt Reduction Task Force that year, and then assisting Visiting Scholar Jerome Powell in his work on the federal debt limit in 2011. Since then, Akabas has worked on a variety of economic policy issues, primarily focused on federal fiscal policy, including entitlement reform, tax reform, and sequestration.
Prior to joining BPC, Akabas worked as a satellite office director on New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s 2009 campaign for reelection. He currently serves on the board of trustees for Beit Rabban, a Jewish day school on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. He was born and raised in New York City, and received his B.A. in economics and history from Cornell University.