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Laurel Adams
Senior Economist
Office of the Chief Economist
Term of Appointment: 11/13/2012 to present

Laurel Adams joined the Office of the Chief Economist in November 2012 as Senior Economist. She began her State Department career in August 2010 at the Foreign Service Institute where she was an International Economist with teaching and course development responsibilities in the Institute’s flagship six-month economics training program for mid-career Foreign Service officers. Her responsibilities also included the design and delivery of shorter courses and individual class modules with emphasis on the application of economics to foreign policy issues.

Prior to joining the Department of State, Laurel worked in the telecommunications industry, worked for elite professional services firms, and taught at one of the United States’ most prestigious business schools. She has over 20 years of professional experience as an economist including experience working in industry and professional services in London; teaching in Kiev, Kingston, London, and throughout the United States; supervising student consulting projects for U.S. and UK-based small, medium, and large businesses; and leading student study trips to Africa, Asia, and Latin America.

Adams has published in both the academic and non-academic spheres. Her previous employers include the Kellogg Graduate School of Management, Northwestern University, and the University of Iowa. Laurel holds a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Pennsylvania.


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