William M. Rodgers III, a newly elected NASI member, is a professor and Chief Economist for Rutgers University and brings to the academy years of experience in the field of socioeconomic research.
"Bill Rodgers is one of the leading authorities on America's labor market policies,” said NASI member, William Spriggs. “He has contributed greatly in both academic research, and in holding key policy positions at the state, local and federal levels. He is frequently cited by the press, and relied on for advice by many non-government organizations."
Rodgers' career has been a combination of both academic and public service. Rodgers began his career as a Summer Research Associate for the National Commission for Employment Policy in 1994, after completing his Ph.D. in Economics at Harvard University in 1993. He served as consultant to the Chief Economist of the Office of the Secretary, U.S. Department of Labor, between June of 1995 and 1996 and between 1997 and 1999 held positions in Virginia's local government. These included Vice-Chairman and Board of Trustee for New Horizons Regional Vocational Education Center, School Board Representative for Williamsburg-James City County Public Schools, and Board Member/Secretary-Treasurer of the James City County Government's New Town Community Development Authority.
Rodgers served as the Chief Economist for the Office of the Secretary, U.S. Department of Labor, between 2000 and 2001. He was a member of New Jersey's Office of the Acting Governor's Benefits Review Task Force between May and December of 2005 and serves as a member of the New Jersey Government Efficiencies and Reform Commission, as well as Alternate Member of the Montgomery Township Government's Planning Board.
He has had appointments at Harvard University and The College of William and Mary; grants from The National Science Foundation and the Russell Sage Foundation; and contract work with the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation and the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies.
Rodgers spoke at NASI's 18th annual conference, "Older & Out of Work: Jobs and Social Insurance for a Changing Economy," and has contributed extensively to research, including over a dozen journal articles (most recently the Southern Economic Journal), two edited volumes, and over 20 articles, book chapters, and reports. These are in addition to Rodgers' numerous congressional testimonies, essays and opinion editorials, and working papers.