Jonathan Gruber is the Ford Professor of Economics at MIT. An architect of both Romneycare and Obamacare, he appears regularly on news outlets ranging from Fox News to MSNBC. Slate has named him one of the top twenty-five “Most Innovative and Practical Thinkers of Our Time.” In addition to over 175 academic articles, he is the author of Health Care Reform (Hill & Wang), a graphic novel about the Affordable Care Act, Public Finance and Public Policy (Worth), the leading textbook in public finance, and six other books.

Faculty page at the MIT Department of Economics.

Simon Johnson is the Ronald A. Kurtz (1954) Professor of Entrepreneurship at MIT and former chief economist at the International Monetary Fund. His much-viewed opinion pieces have appeared in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times, the Atlantic, and elsewhere. With law professor James Kwak, Simon is the coauthor of the best sellers 13 Bankers and White House Burning and a founder of the widely cited economics blog The Baseline Scenario.

Faculty page at the MIT Sloan School of Business.

Other members of the Jump-Starting America team:

Daniel Curtis is a research assistant at the MIT Sloan School of Business with masters degree in nuclear science and engineering (MIT, 2015) and bachelors degrees in physics and mechanical engineering (both UT Austin, 2012). At MIT, Daniel has studied science policy, electricity markets, emissions reduction strategies in the power sector, and unconventional applications for nuclear energy. Daniel has leadership and political advocacy experience with several organizations, including the American Nuclear Society, BEST Robotics, Inc., Generation Atomic, Activist Afternoons, and the MIT Graduate Student Council.  

Amy Kim is a sophomore at MIT studying Economics and Computer Science with a minor in public policy. She is interested in topics at the intersection of economic policy and social justice.

Manuel Favela is a freshman at MIT studying Computer Science and Finance with a minor in Economics. He’s interested in learning about the behavior of the economy and its impact on people’s every day lives.

Sung Hyun (Thomas) Noh is a marketing and web development intern at the MIT Sloan School of Business and a graduating senior at Wootton High School in Rockville, MD. Thomas has been involved in entrepreneurship and web design since a young age and is currently looking to further improve his knowledge and skills.

©2019 by Jonathan Gruber and Simon Johnson