Commission on Reimagining Our Economy


The Academy launched the Commission on Reimagining Our Economy (CORE) in October 2021 to rethink the principles, metrics, narratives, and policies that shape the nation’s political economy. While policymakers and journalists often track how the economy is doing, the Commission seeks to direct a focus onto how Americans are doing, elevating the human stakes of our economic and political systems.

The interdisciplinary and crosspartisan Commission comprises scholars, journalists, artists, and leaders from the business, faith, labor, and philanthropic communities. With this diverse makeup, the Commission sought to consider the well-being of Americans more broadly than is customary in economic discussions. In addition to a report with recommendations, the Commission released a metric dashboard offering county-level measurements of well-being that account for factors such as political voice that are typically excluded from standard economic indicators.

Learn about the reports, recommendations, resources, and data dashboard produced by the Commission HERE

The CORE project builds on Our Common Purpose: Reinventing American Democracy for the 21st Century. That report acknowledges that economic conditions influence public faith in government, political participation, and civic engagement. While Our Common Purpose did not offer recommendations specifically targeted at the intersection of the economy and democracy, the Commission on Reimagining Our Economy faced these issues head on.

Through listening sessions, data collection, photojournalism, and a commitment to crosspartisan work, the Commission developed bold, achievable recommendations that advance practices and policies to enable opportunity, mobility, and sufficiency for all.



Commission Chairs
Commission Members

K. Daron Acemoglu

Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Elizabeth and James Killian Professor of Economics
Academy Member

Elizabeth S. Anderson

University of Michigan
John Rawls Collegiate Professor of Philosophy and Women's Studies, Arthur F. Thurnau Professor
Academy Member

Helene D. Gayle

Spelman College
President and Chief Executive Officer
Academy Member

Jacob S. Hacker

Yale University
Stanley B. Resor Professor of Political Science
Academy Member

Tom Hanks

Actor, Director, Screenwriter, and Producer
Academy Member

Mary Kay Henry

Service Employees International Union
Academy Member

Kelly Lytle Hernández

University of California, Los Angeles
Professor and Thomas E. Lifka Chair of History
Academy Member

Goodwin Liu

Supreme Court of California
Associate Justice
Academy Member

James M. Manyika

Alphabet Inc.
Chairman, McKinsey Global Institute; Senior Partner
Academy Member

Katherine S. Newman

University of California System
Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, Student Affairs, and International Relations
Academy Member

Viet Thanh Nguyen

University of Southern California
Aerol Arnold Chair of English and Professor of English and American Studies and Ethnicity
Academy Member

Ruth Simmons

Harvard University
President Emerita
Academy Member

Matthew J. Slaughter

Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth
The Paul Danos Dean of the Tuck School of Business
Academy Member

Anna Deavere Smith

Actress; Playwright; Author; University Professor of Arts and Civic Dialogue
Academy Member

Jonathan D. Cohen

Joan and Irwin Jacobs Senior Program Officer for American Institutions, Society, and the Public Good

Victor Lopez

Program Associate for American Institutions, Society, and the Public Good

Betsy Super

Program Director for American Institutions, Society, and the Public Good


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