photo of Diane Swonk   Diane Swonk
Chief Economist
Chicago, IL
312.595.7147

Areas of Focus: Global Economics and Policies

Profile:
  • Named one of the top forecasters in the country by The Wall Street Journal
  • Designated as one of the most influential women in business in Chicago by the Chicago Sun-Times
  • Rated as one of the most accurate economic forecasters in 2010 by MSNBC
  • 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
  • Recently completed second term of service on the Congressional Budget Office's panel of economic advisers
  • More than 20 years of experience in financial services
  • Previously served as director of economics/chief economist and senior vice president for Bank One corporation and its predecessors
  • Designated Business Leader of the Year by the YWCA of Metropolitan Chicago
  • Named a Fellow of the National Association of Business Economics (NABE) for her outstanding contributions to the field of business economics
Accomplishments:
  • Author of The Passionate Economist: Finding the Power and Humanity Behind the Numbers
  • Seen regularly on national and international television
  • Published several nationally acclaimed studies
  • Serves as a clinical professor for DePaul University's highly rated evening MBA program
Education:
  • B.S., University of Michigan, with honors
  • M.S., University of Michigan, with honors
  • M.B.A., University of Chicago, with honors
Affiliations:
  • Council on Foreign Relations, member
  • Executives' Club of Chicago, Finance Committee, co-chair
  • University of Michigan Alumni Association, board member
  • University of Michigan, advisor to the economics department
  • University of Chicago Graduate School of Business, advisory council member
  • Economic Club of Chicago, Membership Committee, member
  • Conference of Business Economics, member
  • The Chicago Conservation Center, advisory board member
  • National Association for Business Economics (NABE), past president
  • City of Chicago Climate Change Finance Committee, former chair
  • Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, former board member
  • The Joffrey Ballet, former board member
  • Congressional Budget Office Panel of Economic Advisors, former member
  • Illinois Council on Economic Education, Board of Trustees, former member