White House Chief Economic Advisor Gary Cohn said Monday that he has assembled “a best-in-class team of policy advisors to drive President Trump’s bold plan for job creation and economic growth,” naming such notables to the National Economic Council as Shahira Knight, who will serve as Special Assistant to the President for Tax and Retirement Policy.
Kinght’s previous role was as vice president in the Public Affairs and Policy Group at Fidelity Investments. She also served on the House Ways and Means Committee as a senior advisor to the chairman, leading the committee’s legislative and policy operations, and on the Joint Economic Committee, where she was responsible for writing policy papers on various tax and budget issues.
The 13-member team also includes notable economists such as Jeremy Katz, former Special Assistant for Policy to President George W. Bush, as deputy assistant to President Trump and Deputy Director of the National Economic Council (NEC).
The news of those set to serve on the NEC came one day ahead of Trump’s speech to a joint session of Congress on tax reform.
Grace Koh was tapped to serve as Special Assistant to the President for Technology, Telecom and Cyber-Security Policy. Koh previously worked as deputy chief counsel to the House Subcommittee on Communications and Technology of the Energy and Commerce Committee.
She also worked as a policy counsel at Cox Enterprises’ Public Policy Office, working on technology policies affecting its Internet, cable and broadcast businesses.
Brian Blasé, a former senior research fellow for the Spending and Budget Initiative at George Mason University’s Mercatus Center, will serve as Special Assistant to the President for Healthcare Policy.