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Brookings Institution’s Janet Yellen to discuss The Economy and the 2020 Election at Macomb Community College Feb. 26

– Wednesday, February 5, 2020 10:00AM

Panel discussion following focuses on local and regional impacts

Macomb Community College and the Brookings Institution will present The Economy and the 2020 Election: If the Economy Is Doing Well, Why Are So Many Struggling? featuring Janet Yellen, former chairperson of the Federal Reserve Board and Brookings Institution Distinguished Fellow, Wednesday, Feb. 26, 6 to 7:30 p.m., at the Lorenzo Cultural Center on the college’s Center Campus in Clinton Township. The event is part of Brookings’ Ezra Zikha Policy 2020 Event Series, which is intended to shed light on the policy issues shaping the 2020 election through fact-based analysis.

Yellen ’s presentation, moderated by David Wessel, director of the Hutchins Center on Fiscal and Monetary Policy and Brookings Distinguished senior fellow, will explore the economic issues most concerning for today’s voters, including wage stagnation and inequality, trade, and job and retirement security.

Following her presentation, Yellen will be joined by Sandy Baruah, president and CEO, Detroit Regional Chamber; Molly Kinder, Rubenstein fellow, Brookings Institution; and John Paul Rea, deputy county executive, Macomb County, who will discuss the local and regional impacts of national economic trends and policy issues. A question-and-answer period will follow both Yellen’s presentation and the panel discussion.

There is no charge for this event, but preregistration is required. To register, go to and click on the “Policy 2020” link or register here. Macomb Community College’s Center Campus is located at 44575 Garfield Rd., Clinton Township. Campus Map

Speaker Biographies

Janet Yellen is a Distinguished Fellow in Residence with the economic studies program at the Brookings Institution as well as an advisor to the Magellan Group. She served as chair of the Federal Reserve Board from 2014 to 2018, as vice chair of the Federal Reserve from 2010 to 2014 and president and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco from 2004 to 2010. Yellen also served as chair of the White House Council of Economic Advisors from 1997 to 1999.

David Wessel is a Senior Fellow in Economic Studies at Brookings and director of the Hutchins Center on Fiscal and Monetary Policy. He joined Brookings in 2013 after 30 years on staff at the Wall Street Journal where, most recently, he was economics editor and wrote the weekly Capital column. He is a contributing correspondent to the Wall Street Journal and appears frequently on NPR’s Morning Edition.

Sandy Baruah is president and CEO of the Detroit Regional Chamber, the third largest chamber of commerce in the nation, representing the business interests of 5.4 million residents. Baruah joined the chamber in 2010 after serving President George Bush as administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration. Previously, Baruah served as U.S. Assistant Secretary of Commerce responsible for the U.S. Economic Development Administration, served as the senior advisor to the Secretary of Commerce for the 2010 Census and represented the U.S. government before the Organization for Economic Cooperation.

Molly Kinder is a Rubenstein Fellow at the Brookings Institution and an adjunct professor at Georgetown University’s McCourt School of Public Policy. She is a nonresident senior fellow at New America and lead author of the report, “Worker Voices: Technology and the Future for Workers.” She is also co-author of the Center for Global Development’s best-selling book, Millions Saved: Proven Successes in Global Health.

John Paul Rea, deputy county executive, Macomb County, is involved with comprehensive community and economic development initiatives throughout Macomb County. Rea holds a master’s degree in public administration with an emphasis in urban and regional policy and planning from Grand Valley State University. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners, represents Macomb County on the Suburban Mobility Authority for Regional Transit board of directors, serves on the Huron-Clinton Metropolitan Authority board of commissioners and is engaged in numerous committees with the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments.

About Brookings

The Brookings Institution is a nonprofit organization devoted to independent research and policy solutions. Its mission is to conduct high-quality, independent research and, based on that research, to provide innovative, practical recommendations for policymakers and the public.

About Macomb Community College

Macomb Community College ( is one of the nation’s leading community colleges, providing learning experiences to nearly 38,000 students annually. Macomb nationally ranks in the top two percent in the number of associate degrees awarded by community colleges and is one of the largest grantors of associate degrees in Michigan. The college’s comprehensive educational programming includes pre-collegiate experiences, university transfer and career preparation programs, bachelor degree completion and graduate degree programs, workforce training, professional education and certification, and continuing education and enrichment opportunities.

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