Manhattanite Jason Furman earned Senate confirmation on Thursday, becoming the chairman of the White House Council of Economic Advisers.
Mr. Furman previously worked in President Clinton’s administration, serving as a special assistant to the National Economic Council, and helped craft President Obama’s economic stimulus package.
“For several years – from the very darkest days of the financial crisis to today – Jason has been an essential member of my team working every single day to promote policies to strengthen our economy and help the middle class,” Mr. Obama said in a statement released after the vote.
“I look forward to continuing to work with Jason in this very important new role on my team,” he added.
The Furman family has deep ties in New York City; Mr Furman’s brother Jesse is a judge in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York City.
Before starting this new position in the Obama administration, Jason Furman had advised Mr. Obama’s presidential campaign.
Long before that, at Harvard University, he was roommates with actor Matt Damon.