Rebecca Blank is Under Secretary for Economic Affairs at the U.S. Department of Commerce. As the Economic Advisor to the Secretary of Commerce and head of the Economics and Statistics Administration (ESA), she has oversight responsibility for the two premier statistical agencies in the United States, the Census Bureau and the Bureau of Economic Analysis. Prior to being appointed as under secretary in mid-2009, Becky was the Robert S. Kerr Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution from 2008-2009. Prior to that, she was dean of the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan, where she also served as co-director of the National Poverty Center. Becky was one of the three members of the President’s Council of Economic Advisers under President Clinton from 1997 to 1999. Her 1997 book, It Takes A Nation: A New Agenda for Fighting Poverty, won the Richard A. Lester Prize for the Outstanding Book in Labor Economics and Industrial Relations. Becky is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a Lifetime Associate at the National Academies of Science. She earned her Ph.D. in economics at MIT.