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 assisted now-Fed Governor Jerome Powell in his work on the federal debt limit in 2011. Since then, Akabas has conducted research on other federal fiscal policy issues – including entitlement reform, tax reform, and sequestration – and is currently helping to steer BPC’s Commission on Retirement Security and Personal Savings. He has been interviewed by publications including The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Wall Street Journal on these topics, and has published op-eds in The Hill and The Christian Science Monitor.
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. He is currently pursuing an M.S. in applied economics at Georgetown University.