photo of Diane Swonk   Diane Swonk
Senior Managing Director and Chief Economist
Chicago, IL

Areas of Focus: Macroeconomics, Monetary and Public Policies

  • One of the most respected economists in the world and among the most quoted economists in the financial press
  • Advisor to Federal Reserve Board and regional Reserve Banks
  • Regularly briefs the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) and the White House Council of Economic Advisers (CEA)
  • Chair of Economic Survey for the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA)
  • Testified before the U.S. Senate Finance Committee on income inequality
  • Invited to brief Group of Seven (G7) government policy makers
  • Participated in bipartisan Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget (CRFB) Annual Conference, 2011
  • Presenter at Annual Economic Outlook for the Executives’ Club of Chicago
  • Serves as a clinical professor for DePaul University’s highly rated evening MBA program
  • Previously served as director of economics/chief economist and senior vice president for Bank One Corporation and its predecessors
  • Named as a Fellow of the National Association of Business Economics (NABE) for outstanding contributions to the field of business economics
  • Author of “The Passionate Economist: Finding the Power and Humanity Behind the Numbers
  • Awarded by Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago Automotive Outlook:
    • Best Business Fixed Investment Forecast, 2013
    • Best Net Exports Forecast, 2012
    • Best Oil Price Forecast, 2011
  • Published several nationally acclaimed studies
  • Named one of the top forecasters in the country by The Wall Street Journal
  • Rated as one of the most accurate economic forecasters by MSNBC
  • B.S., University of Michigan, with honors
  • M.S., University of Michigan, with honors
  • M.B.A., University of Chicago, with honors
  • Council on Foreign Relations, member
  • Posse Foundation, Chicago advisory board member
  • Americans for the Arts, advisor
  • The Kennedy Forum Illinois, member
  • Chicago Council on Global Affairs, member
  • University of Michigan Economics Department, advisor
  • University of Michigan Alumni Association, board member
  • University of Chicago Booth School of Business, Sitting Committee and Gender Committee, member
  • Conference of Business Economics, member
  • NABE, past president; Statistics Committee and Policy Steering Committee, member
  • NABE Foundation for awarding scholarships, board member
  • Chicago Conservation Center, advisory board member
  • Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, former board member