It sometimes feels like finance and consulting are the only career paths open to Econ majors, but a wide range of other options exist. For this event we’ll host four former Econ majors who have gone on to distinguished careers in technology, government, international relations, and health care.
Irena Asmundson is the Chief Economist for the California Department of Finance; before that, she was a Senior Economist at the International Monetary Fund. In addition to covering policy issues such as global macroeconomic and financial imbalances, crises, and interconnectedness, she provided forecasts and policy advice on a range of countries, including the United Kingdom and Afghanistan. She has also served as a Staff Economist on the President's Council of Economic Advisers, focusing on international trade. She received her PhD in Economics from Stanford University, and her bachelor's degrees in Mathematics and Economics from MIT.
Jay Bhattacharya has spent his career at the intersection of medicine and economics, having received a BA in economics, an MD and a PhD from Stanford University. He worked for three years as an economist at the RAND Corporation in Santa Monica, Calif., where he also taught health economics as a visiting assistant professor at the University of California-Los Angeles. Now back at Stanford, his research focuses on the constraints that vulnerable populations face in making decisions that affect their health status, as well as the effects of government policies and programs designed to benefit vulnerable populations. He has published empirical economics and health services research on the elderly, adolescents, HIV/AIDS and managed care.
Eric Mayefsky is Quora's Director of Data Science. Previously, Eric was a product manager working on ads at Quora, was the CEO and technical cofounder at a social lending startup, and worked on ads data and product at Facebook. Eric has a PhD in Economics and undergraduate degrees in Economics and Mathematical and Computational Science, all from Stanford.
Ramin Toloui comes to Stanford following a two-decade career spanning investment management and public service. Most recently, he served as the Assistant Secretary for International Finance at the U.S. Treasury Department from 2014 through 2017, where he was responsible for international monetary affairs, global financial markets, coordination with the G-7/G-20, and regional and bilateral economic issues, and played a key role in shaping the U.S. government’s approaches to navigating Ukraine’s financial crisis, sanctions on Russia, threats to Eurozone financial stability, Brexit, and China’s foreign exchange and market volatility. Before that, he served as Global Co-Head of Emerging Markets Portfolio Management at PIMCO, directing portfolio strategy and trading for $100 billion in emerging market investments at one of the world’s largest asset managers. He was an Econ major at Harvard, and pursued his graduate studies as a Rhodes Scholar in Oxford.