Janelle Jones (Peru) joins Biden Administration as Chief Economist at DOL!

Thanks for the ‘heads up’ from Monica Mills (PC/HQ 1995-2000)


“I’m very excited to announce I have joined the Biden Administration as the Chief Economist at the Department of Labor! I am excited to help build back a better economy where workers, especially those usually left behind, are safe, secure, & empowered at the workplace. Let’s get to work!”

Janelle Jones

Janelle Jones was an economic analyst at the Economic Policy Institute through 2018. She is an economic analyst working on a variety of labor market topics within EPI’s Program on Race, Ethnicity, and the Economy (PREE) and the Economic Analysis and Research Network (EARN). She was previously a research associate at the Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR), where she worked on topics including racial inequality, unemployment, job quality, and unions. Her research has been cited in The New YorkerThe EconomistHarper’sThe Washington PostThe Review of Black Political Economy, and other publications. She also worked as an economist at the Bureau of Economic Analysis.

Jones served as an AmeriCorps*VISTA volunteer in Sacramento, California, where she worked for a grassroots nonprofit focused on community health issues. She also served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Peru in the Small Business Development Program focusing on local economic development.


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  • Wow, what a resume! Happy to see an RPCV helping get our country back on track with the Biden / Harris team . ..
    Steve Donovan India 20B, 1965-67

  • Great to hear about this — there are many challenges ahead, and you should be able to play a part in finding solutions to some of them. Best wishes.

  • What talent! Congratulations to Janelle Jones and how great she used her skills to help others as a Peace Corps Volunteer and an AmeriCorps Vista Volunteer.

  • Congratulations, Janelle. With your education, professional background, and service to others, it seems like the ideal placement for you, and ideal for those at DOL who will be working with you. All the best!

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