Diane Swonk is one of the most sought-after economists in the world who advises central banks and multinational companies. She is a distinguished Fellow and past President of the National Association for Business Economics (NABE), a title she shares with former Federal Reserve officials including former Federal Reserve Chair Alan Greenspan. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Chicago Council. She founded Diane Swonk Economics after more than 30 years in the financial services industry. She left Mesirow Financial after 11 years as Chief Economist and Senior Managing Director. Prior to that, Diane was Director of Economics/Chief Economist for Bank One Corporation and its corporate predecessors in Chicago. Her clients have included Fortune 500 CEOs and institutional investors, major manufacturers and popular retailers. Her close work with firms in many different industries adds a unique perspective on the inner workings of the global economy.
Diane sits on advisory committees to the Federal Reserve Board and its regional banks. She is called upon to advise policy makers in the U.S. and abroad, including the Council of Economic Advisers for presidents from both parties. She served two terms as an advisor to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office and has advocated for policies to reduce long-term federal budget deficits. She participates in select meetings for top national and international economists.
Diane is frequently quoted in the financial press. Her comments can be read in The Wall Street Journal and Financial Times, seen on CNBC and the BBC, heard on NPR and Bloomberg radio. She is known for her insightful yet accessible analysis. Chicago magazine once commented, “Her name seems the very heartbeat of the business pages.”
Diane recently joined the advisory board of the international consulting firm, Protiviti. She serves on the Sitting Committee for the Booth School of Business at the University of Chicago and advises the Department of Economics at the University of Michigan. She sits on the NABE Statistics and Policy Committees as well as the board for the NABE Foundation. She is an active member of the board of the Posse Foundation in Chicago, a nonprofit dedicated to expanding access to higher education. Diane has served on a number of other nonprofit boards including the Joffrey Ballet, as well as state and local advisory panels. She is deeply committed to enhancing education and investing in human capital. She works to improve economic measurement and has testified before Congress on numerous occasions.
Diane has won many awards for forecasting excellence and leadership in the business community. She earned both her BA and MA degrees in economics with top honors from the University of Michigan. She received an MBA in finance from the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business, also with top honors.