Brent is a lifelong activist on behalf of unions and working people. After a long career as a technician at Verizon (and its predecessor firms), Brent returned to school and completed his doctorate in economics at the City University of New York Graduate Center in 2008. During his summer break from school in 2005, he began working for FPI, and (with a short break) has been here since. He also teaches economics part-time in the City University system, attempting to dispel the myths of mainstream (conservative) economics for young people. As a retiree, Brent has not been interested in full-time work, so doing this work for an organization that does analysis and advocacy from the point of view of working people is a good fit.
Jonas J.N. Shaende, PhDChief Economist
Jonas Shaende is a senior leadership team member at the Fiscal Policy Institute where he heads the institute’s research work on budget analysis and economic policy. His research is multidisciplinary and data focused. Dr. Shaende comes from an economics faculty role at Long Island University where he’s taught graduate and undergraduate economics. He has also held senior appointments in New York City government. He was a Director of Data Analysis and Strategic Planning at the NYC Department of Consumer Affairs where he led the agency’s data, operations, and policy research work. Prior to that, he was a Research Scientist at the NYC Department of Finance, Tax Policy Division. Dr. Shaende has taught graduate and advanced economics at CUNY and SUNY colleges. Independently, a seasoned economic consultant, he has worked extensively in the areas of global macro, economic policy, financial regulation and forensic economics, data modeling and analysis, and financial engineering. Dr. Shaende is a frequent economics expert and commentator in the media where he discusses current issues in the spheres of economy and finance. He holds PhD, MPhil, and MA degrees in Economics from The New School for Social Research, and a BA in Economics from Long Island University.