Robert Shapiro

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Robert Shapiro
Occupation Co-Founder and Chairman
Employer Sonecon, LLC

Robert J. Shapiro is the co-founder and chairman of Sonecon, LLC, a private firm that provides advice and analysis to senior executives and officials of U.S. and foreign businesses, governments, and non-profit organizations. In the 2008 U.S. presidential campaign, he advised the campaign and transition of Barack Obama.[1]

He is also Senior Policy Fellow of the Georgetown University Center for Business, director of the Globalization Initiative of NDN, chair of the U.S. Climate Task Force, co-chair of American Task Force Argentina, and director of the Axson-Johnson Foundation in Sweden.


Before establishing Sonecon, Shapiro was the Under Secretary of Commerce for Economic Affairs from 1997 to 2001. In that position, he directed economic policy for the U.S. Commerce Department and oversaw the Nation's major statistical agencies. Prior to that appointment, he was co-founder and Vice President of the Progressive Policy Institute and the Progressive Foundation. He was the principal economic advisor to Bill Clinton in his 1991-1992 campaign and a senior economic advisor to Vice President Albert Gore and Senator John Kerry in their presidential campaigns.

Shapiro also served as Legislative Director and Economic Counsel for Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan and Associate Editor of U.S. News & World Report. He has been a Fellow of Harvard University, the Brookings Institution, and the National Bureau of Economic Research.

Shapiro has advised, among others, U.S. President Bill Clinton and British Prime Ministers Tony Blair and Gordon Brown; private firms such as Amgen, AT&T, Google, Gilead Sciences, NASDAQ, and Fujitsu of Japan; and non-profit organizations including the American Public Transportation Association and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.


He holds a Ph.D. and M.A. from Harvard University, a M.Sc. from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and an A.B. from the University of Chicago. Dr. Shapiro is widely published and most recently is author of Futurecast: How Superpowers, Populations and Globalization Will Change the Way You Live and Work (St. Martin's Press, 2008).


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