Chief Economist, AFL-CIO
Dr. William Spriggs serves as Chief Economist to the AFL-CIO, and is a professor in, and former Chair of, the Department of Economics at Howard University. Bill assumed these roles in August 2012 after leaving the Executive Branch of the U.S. Government. In 2009, Bill was appointed by President Barack Obama and confirmed by the U.S. Senate to serve as Assistant Secretary for the Office of Policy at the United States Department of Labor, taking a leave of absence from Howard University to do so.
Bill’s previous work experience includes roles leading economic policy development and research as a Senior Fellow and Economist at the Economic Policy Institute; as Executive Director for the Institute for Opportunity and Equality of the National Urban League; as a Senior Advisor for the Office of Government Contracting and Minority Business Development for the U.S. Small Business Administration; as a Senior Advisor and Economist for the Economics and Statistics Administration for the U.S. Department of Commerce; as an Economist for the Democratic staff of the Joint Economic Committee of Congress; and, as staff director for the independent, federal National Commission for Employment Policy. Bill holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Wisconsin.
Technology has the potential to save many lives, limit environmental damage, and to increase productivity and living standards everywhere, if the gains are distributed equally. Yet, automation driven by artificial intelligence and machine learning is also expected to replace tens of millions of jobs currently generated by America’s economy within the next twenty years. This panel […]