Shai Akabas is BPC’s director of fiscal policy. He joined BPC in 2010 and staffed the Domenici-Rivlin Debt Reduction Task Force that year. He also assisted Jerome H. Powell, who was later appointed to the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, in his work on the federal debt limit in 2011.
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, 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 was born and raised in New York City, and received his B.A. in economics and history from Cornell University in Ithaca, NY. Akabas is currently pursuing an M.S. in applied economics at Georgetown University.