Economist Rakeen Mabud joins Groundwork Collaborative as Managing Director of Policy & Research, Chief Economist

March 22, 2021

Washington, DC — The Groundwork Collaborative (Groundwork) announced today that Dr. Rakeen Mabud will be joining its team as Managing Director of Policy & Research and Chief Economist. Dr. Mabud previously served as the Senior Director of Research and Strategy at TIME’S UP Foundation, where she spearheaded the organization’s signature Time’s Up, Measure Up initiative. 

“Rakeen’s strategic and policy expertise across economic, racial, and gender lines makes her exactly the kind of leader our economy needs at this critical time,” said Tina Tchen, President and CEO of TIME’S UP Foundation. “We look forward to collaborating with Rakeen and the Groundwork team to help make our workplaces and our economy work for everyone.”

Dr. Mabud is an economic policy expert with a demonstrated commitment to advancing an inclusive and equitable economy. Her latest project, It’s Time to Care, illustrates the toll that the COVID-19 crisis has taken on women and shows why we must make robust public investments in the care infrastructure.

Prior to TIME’S UP, Dr. Mabud was the Director of 21st Century Economy and Economic Inclusion Programs at the Roosevelt Institute. At Roosevelt Institute, Dr. Mabud wrote prolifically about how structural inequities interact with the distribution of power in the economy. Dr. Mabud has been a regular contributor to Forbes, and her work has been published in The Guardian, Teen Vogue and Ms. Magazine, among other outlets. 

Before earning a Ph.D. in Government from Harvard University, Dr. Mabud also served in the Obama administration in the Office of Economic Policy at the U.S. Department of the Treasury.  

“Dr. Mabud is uniquely poised to lead Groundwork’s research and policy work at this moment in history. Her deep economic policy expertise and demonstrated commitment to building an inclusive and equitable economy will help advance Groundwork’s mission to advance a progressive economic worldview,” said Lindsay Owens, Groundwork’s Interim Executive Director.

Janelle Jones, Groundwork’s first Managing Director of Research & Policy, left the role earlier this year for the Biden-Harris administration, where she was appointed Chief Economist at the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL). Jones is the first Black woman to ever hold the DOL’s Chief Economist role. 

Dr. Mabud starts her new role at Groundwork today, March 22, 2021.


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