Marianne Wanamaker succeeds Matt Murray as head of UTK’s Baker Center

Marianne Wanamaker, Associate Professor of Economics at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UTK), has been appointed Executive Director of the university’s Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy.

The native of Martin, TN begins her new role July 1, succeeding long-time Executive Director Matt Murray, who announced his retirement in March. During Murray’s tenure, the Baker Center was involved in a number of economic impact studies for various organizations including the Tennessee Advanced Energy Business Council and the East Tennessee Economic Council.

As described in this UTK news release announcing her appointment, Wanamaker recently served for a year on the White House Council of Economic Advisers, first as Senior Labor Economist and then as Chief Domestic Economist. She was responsible for the administration’s economic analysis of labor, education, workforce, immigration, health care, environmental, and tax policy.

Wanamaker serves as a U.S. member of the Global Partnership for Artificial Intelligence, an international effort to promote research and cooperation on responsible AI adoption; a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research in Cambridge, MA; and a Research Fellow at the Institute for Labor Economics in Bonn, Germany, and at Stellenbosch University in South Africa. She is a former member of the federal American Workforce Policy Advisory Board.

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