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Laura Tyson
2nd Director of the National Economic Council
In office
February 21, 1995 – December 12, 1996
PresidentBill Clinton
Preceded byRobert Rubin
Succeeded byGene Sperling
16th Chair of the Council of Economic Advisers
In office
February 5, 1993 – April 22, 1995
PresidentBill Clinton
Preceded byMichael Boskin
Succeeded byJoseph Stiglitz
Personal details
Laura D'Andrea

(1947-06-28) June 28, 1947 (age 77)
Bayonne, New Jersey, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
EducationSmith College (BA)
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MA, PhD)

Laura D'Andrea Tyson (born June 28, 1947) is an American economist and university administrator who is currently a Distinguished Professor of the Graduate School at the Haas School of Business of the University of California, Berkeley and a senior fellow at the Berggruen Institute. She served as the 16th Chair of the White House Council of Economic Advisers from 1993 to 1995 and 2nd Director of the National Economic Council from 1995 to 1996 under President Bill Clinton. Tyson was the first woman to hold each of those posts.[1] She remains the only person to have served in both posts.

Early life and education[edit]

Tyson was born Laura D'Andrea in New Jersey.[2] Her father was Italian American and her mother was of Swedish and Dutch descent.[3] Tyson graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. in Economics from Smith College in 1969 and earned her Ph.D. in Economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1974.[4] Her doctoral advisor was Evsey Domar.[5] She joined the faculty of the economics department at Princeton University in 1974 and remained in the position until 1977 when she became a professor of economics at the University of California, Berkeley. She was appointed a professor of business administration in 1990.


On December 12, 1992, President-elect Bill Clinton announced his intention to nominate Tyson as Chairman of the President's Council of Economic Advisers. She was confirmed by the United States Senate in 1993 and served until her appointment as Director of the National Economic Council from 1995 to 1996. She was the first woman in both roles. During her time with the Clinton administration, Tyson was a spokesperson in favour of GATT, arguing with Sir James Goldsmith on Charlie Rose that American jobs would be increased by the trade agreement.

After leaving politics, Tyson returned to UC Berkeley, becoming Dean of the Haas School of Business from 1998 to 2001. She later served as Dean of London Business School from 2002 to 2006. She was the first woman to lead both institutions.

Tyson has been a member of the Council on Foreign Relations since 1987, a board director of Morgan Stanley since 1997, a board director of AT&T Inc. since 1999, and a board director of Eastman Kodak. She is a member of the Committee on Capital Markets Regulation. In December 2009 it was announced that Tyson would join CB Richard Ellis Board of Directors on March 4, 2010.[6] Tyson also sits on the QFINANCE Strategic Advisory Board.

Tyson at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, 2007

Tyson has published a number of books and articles on industrial competitiveness, trade, and the economies of Central Europe and their transitions to market systems.[7][8]

An "Economic Viewpoint" columnist for BusinessWeek magazine, Tyson writes regularly about domestic and international economic policy matters in The Washington Post, The New York Times and other nationally and internationally syndicated newspapers and magazines.

In addition to her professorship at UC Berkeley, Tyson is also a member of the Board of Trustees at UC Berkeley's Blum Center for Developing Economies.[9] The center is focused on finding solutions to address the crisis of extreme poverty and disease in the developing world.[10]

Tyson joined Berkeley Research Group, LLC, an expert services advisory firm co-founded by David Teece, as a special advisor in 2010.[11] Tyson had consulted for LECG, another expert advisory firm founded by Teece, from 1997 to 2001.[12]

Since 2012, she has written monthly columns for international media organization Project Syndicate.[13]

In November 2013, Tyson founded the Institute for Business and Social Impact at the University of California, Berkeley, Haas School of Business.


  1. ^ "Laura D'Andrea Tyson Curriculum Vitae" (PDF). Haas School of Business. Retrieved April 11, 2022.
  2. ^ Fix, Janet L. (May 3, 1995). "LAURA TYSON // Even critics give her high marks". USA Today. Archived from the original on October 26, 2012. Retrieved July 6, 2017.
  3. ^ http://www.managementtoday.co.uk/search/article/407205/the-andrew-davidson-interview-laura-tyson/[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ Tyson, Laura D'Andrea (1974). Inflation in Yugoslavia, 1962-1972; an empirical analysis (Thesis). Massachusetts Institute of Technology. hdl:1721.1/13931.
  5. ^ Inflation in Yugoslavia, 1962-1972; an empirical analysis.
  6. ^ "Laura D. Tyson Joins CB Richard Ellis Group Inc. Board of Directors" (Press release). CB Richard Ellis. December 8, 2009. Retrieved December 10, 2009.
  7. ^ Laura Tyson (1993). Who's Bashing Whom: Trade Conflict in High Technology Industries. Washington, D.C.: Institute for International Economics.
  8. ^ Laura Tyson. "The corporate tax conundrum". Al Jazeera English. Retrieved May 12, 2012. The country's relatively high rate encourages US companies to locate their investment, production and employment in foreign countries, and discourages foreign companies from locating in the US, which means slower growth, fewer jobs, smaller productivity gains and lower real wages.
  9. ^ "Trustees of the Blum Center for Developing Economies". Archived from the original on 2011-11-10. Retrieved 2011-10-26.
  10. ^ blumcenter.berkeley.edu
  11. ^ "Dr. Laura D'Andrea Tyson Joins Berkeley Research Group as a Special Advisor" (Press release). Berkeley Research Group. July 13, 2010. Retrieved March 28, 2012.
  12. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2010-06-13. Retrieved 2012-03-28.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  13. ^ "Laura Tyson - Project Syndicate". Project Syndicate. Retrieved 2017-10-20.

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Political offices
Preceded by Chair of the Council of Economic Advisers
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Preceded by Director of the National Economic Council
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Academic offices
Preceded by
Raymond Miles
Dean of the Haas School of Business
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Preceded by Dean of the London Business School
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