SCEPA's Leadership & Staff



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Teresa Ghilarducci is the Director of the Schwartz Center for Economic Policy Analysis (SCEPA) at The New School. She joined The New School after 25 years as a professor of economics at the University of Notre Dame and 10 years as director of the Higgins Labor Research Center at the university. She has written and lectured extensively on pension issues, including the award winning book Labor's Capital: The Economics and Politics of Employer Pensions, and she co-authored Portable Pension Plans for Casual Labor Markets in 1995. Dr. Ghilarducci’s most recent book, When I'm 64: The Plot Against Pensions and the Plan to Save Them, investigates the effect of pension losses on older Americans. She frequently publishes in refereed journals and testifies before the U.S. Congress. Dr. Ghilaraducci was the 2006–‘08 Wurf Fellow at Harvard Law School, and her research has been funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, U.S. Department of Labor, Ford Foundation, and Retirement Research Foundation. She serves as a public trustee for the Health Care VEBAs for UAW Retirees of General Motors and for the USW retirees for Goodyear. She served on the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation's Advisory Board from 1996 to 2001and on the Board of Trustees of the State of Indiana Public Employees' Retirement Fund from 1996 to 2002.

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Bridget Fisher is a communications specialist with a background in government and public affairs. Before joining SCEPA, she was a senior press officer in The New School’s communications department working with social science departments across the university. She came to higher education from government. In New York, she served as chief of staff for a member of the New York City Council and director of communications for the Working Families Party. On Capitol Hill, she served as press secretary and legislative assistant for a member of the U.S. Congress. Bridget graduated from American University in Washington, D.C., with a bachelor's degree in public communication and women’s studies. She received her master's degree in public administration with a focus on urban economic development from CUNY's Baruch College.

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Michelle Altman holds a dual bachelor's degree in political science and journalism from New York University and comes from a digital strategy and design background. Prior to joining SCEPA, Michelle worked as a manager at Penguin Random House developing large-scale digital strategies and producing campaigns for their nonfiction and fiction titles alike. Michelle also serves as an advisor on the communications boards of several climate change nonprofit groups.

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Tony Webb is a widely recognized expert in retirement planning and policy. Prior to joining SCEPA, Dr. Webb was a senior research economist at Boston College’s Center for Retirement Research, and a senior research analyst at the International Longevity Center. He completed his PhD in economics from the University of California, San Diego. His research interests include the impact of pension type on the retirement age, the financing of long-term care, and the management of the process of asset decumulation.

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John Irons is a fellow with the Center on Education and Skills at New America. He is also a Research Affiliate and Digital Fellow at the MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy at the Sloan School of Management and a Visiting Scholar at Stanford University as a Research Affiliate at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences. Prior to his current role, he was director of the Inclusive Economies and Future of Work programs at the Ford Foundation. His current research interests are broad and include how technology is shaping market systems and work. He has authored numerous reports and articles on a range of economic topics including tax and budget policy, labor markets, and macroeconomic policy; and has appeared in a variety of media outlets. Irons holds a BA with high honors in economics from Swarthmore College and a PhD in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. 

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Anna Low-Beer holds a bachelor's degree in political science from Bard College and is pursuing her master's degree in public administration at Columbia's School of International and Public Affairs. Prior to joining SCEPA, Anna worked as an assistant reading and writing teacher at CUNY Start, a program for under-served New York City students transitioning to college, and with U.S. Public Interest Research Group developing digital campaigns and communications strategies.



SCEPA works to focus the public economics debate on the role government can and should play in the real productive economy - that of business, management, and labor - to raise living standards, create economic security, and attain full employment.