William M. Rodgers, III is a fellow at The Century Foundation and professor of public policy and chief economist at the Heldrich Center for Workforce Development at Rutgers University. He is a member of the graduate faculty of Rutgers’ School of Management and Labor Relations, and a senior research affiliate of the National Poverty Center, University of Michigan. He is an elected member of the National Academy of Social Insurance, and serves as the Academy’s vice chair. He also serves on the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Technical Advisory Committee and was recently appointed to the Board of Trustees at McDaniel College. Prior to coming to Rutgers, in 2000, he served as chief economist at the U.S. Department of Labor, appointed by Alexis Herman, U.S. secretary of labor.
His research interests include income inequality, with a focus on labor and workforce development issues. His policy work spans from developing New Jersey’s current child support guidelines to working on social insurance to government efficiency and reform. Currently, he sits on the National Urban League’s Council of Economic Advisors, and he served on President Obama’s Department of Labor Transition Team. At the state level, he served on Acting Governor Codey’s Pensions Benefits Review Task Force and was a member of Governor Corzine’s Commission on Government Efficiency and Reform. He holds a BA from Dartmouth College, MA’s from UC Santa Barbara and Harvard University, and a Ph.D. from Harvard University.