Robert J. Shapiro is the co-founder and chairman of Sonecon, LLC, a private firm that advises U.S. and foreign businesses, governments and non-profit organizations on market conditions and economic policy. Dr. Shapiro has advised, among others, U.S. President Bill Clinton and British Prime Minister Tony Blair; private firms such as MCI, Inc., New York Life Insurance Co., SLM Corporation, Nordstjernan of Sweden, and Fujitsu of Japan; and non-profit organizations including the American Public Transportation Association, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and Investors Action Alliance. He is also Senior Fellow of the Progressive Policy Institute and a director of the Ax:son-Johnson Foundation in Sweden, the Center for International Political Economy in New York, and USA for Innovation in Washington, D.C. From 1997 to 2001, Dr. Shapiro was U.S. Under Secretary of Commerce for Economic Affairs. In that position, he directed economic policy for the Commerce Department and oversaw the Nationâ€™s major statistical agencies, including the Census Bureau while it carried out the 2000 decennial census.
Prior to that appointment, he was co-founder and Vice President of the Progressive Policy Institute and the Progressive Foundation. He also was principal economic advisor in Governor Bill Clintonâ€™s 1991-1992 presidential campaign and senior economic advisor to Vice President Albert Gore in his 2000 presidential campaign. Dr. Shapiro also served as Legislative Director for Senator Daniel P. Moynihan, Associate Editor of U.S. News & World Report, and economic columnist for Slate. He has been a Fellow of Harvard University, the Brookings Institution, and the National Bureau of Economic Research.
He holds a Ph.D. from Harvard University, a M.Sc. from London School of Economics, and an A.B. from the University of Chicago.