Below are four key advisers on economics for President Obama.
Obama: Gene Sperling—The Yale-educated Sperling runs the National Economic Council (as he did during the Clinton administration) and is assistant to the president for economic policy. Before Obama appointed him in January 2011, he was advising Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner.(AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
Obama: Alan Krueger—A labor economist, Krueger has chaired the White House Council of Economic Advisers since November. Like Sperling, he has a background at Treasury, and he worked at the Labor Department in the mid-1990s. He is on leave from his job as an economics professor at Princeton University.(AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
Obama: Before becoming Treasury secretary in 2009, Geithner was president and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and vice chairman of the Federal Open Market Committee. He has held a number of positions at Treasury and also worked at the International Monetary Fund.(Chet Susslin)
Obama: Jacob Lew—Lew left the Office of Management and Budget to become Obama’s chief of staff this year. He was a legislative aide in the 1970s and eventually became principal domestic-policy adviser to House Speaker Tip O’Neill. Later, he served in the Clinton administration and worked at Citigroup.(Chet Susslin)