Rebecca M. Blank

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Rebecca M. Blank
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Occupation Deputy Secretary
Employer Commerce Department

Rebecca M. Blank is the deputy secretary at the Commerce Department. In June of 2011, it became known that President Barack Obama was considering Blank to head his Council of Economic Advisers and replace Austan Goolsbee.[1]

In her position at the Commerce Department, Blank is the department’s chief operating officer, overseeing its 12 bureaus. She has served since June 2009 as principal economic adviser to Commerce Secretary Gary Locke.[2]

Blank is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a Fellow of the Society of Labor Economists, and a lifetime associate at the National Academies of Science. She has served in a wide variety of advisory and professional roles, including service on the boards of directors of MDRC, the Economic Policy Institute, and the Urban Institute. She was a long-time faculty affiliate of the National Bureau of Economic Research, vice president of the American Economic Association, and president of the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management.

Blank was inducted as an Eleanor Roosevelt Fellow by the American Academy of Political and Social Science in recognition of her distinguished scholarship in the social sciences.[3]


Blank is the former dean of the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan, and served during the late 1990s as one of three members of President Bill Clinton’s Council of Economic Advisers.[4]

She is also a former professor of economics at the Northwestern University and served as director of the Northwestern University/University of Chicago Joint Center for Poverty Research.




Blank is a summa cum laude graduate in Economics from the University of Minnesota and holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.


  1. Obama Considers Rebecca Blank to Lead CEA.
  2. Rebecca M. Blank. Brookings.
  3. Rebecca M. Blank, Acting Deputy Secretary and Under Secretary for Economic Affairs.
  4. Becky Blank confirmed as Under Secretary for Economic Affairs. Ford School of Public Policy.