The ultra-connected economist

By Laurie Bennett

March 14, 2014 at 9:17am

Jason Furman was born an insider.

His father, Jay, is a real estate multimillionaire. His mother, Gail, is a psychologist. Both sit on powerful New York boards.

Jason Furman
Jason Furman

His brother, Jesse, is a federal judge who clerked for U.S. Supreme Court Justice David Souter.

And his college roommate was Matt Damon.

Named chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers last June, Furman has focused on poverty and income mobility. The Washington Post has called Furman “the wonkiest wonk in the White House.”

He previously served as assistant to the president for economic policy and principal deputy director of the National Economic Council. Furman was also an adviser to the 2008 Obama presidential campaign.

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