Select Committee on Economic Disparity and Fairness in Growth Announces Key Staffing Positions

Nov 16, 2021
Press Release

WASHINGTON — Today, Congressman Jim Himes (CT-04), Chairman of the House Select Committee on Economic Disparity and Fairness in Growth, announced key staffing positions for the Select Committee leading into 2022. “I am pleased to welcome this experienced and talented staff to the committee,” said Chairman Himes. “The task before us is substantial, but we are committed to holding hearings and truly listening to the American people, both in Washington and across the country, about how we can grow our future fairly and together.”Mark Henson, Staff Director Mark Henson was previously the Chief of Staff to Congressman Jim Himes and has led all Congressional operations for the past eight years, including during Himes’ chairmanship of the New Democrat Coalition. Previously, Mark served as the Congressman’s district director, where he oversaw economic development efforts for the district. Prior to working for Congressman Himes, Mark worked in a variety of legislative and political roles in Washington, DC and throughout the country. As Staff Director, Mark will oversee all committee operations and focus on assembling actionable recommendations to combat economic disparity and creating an impactful report. He holds a BA in Government from Claremont McKenna College.Diane Lim, Policy Director Diane Lim is the author of the EconomistMom blog, and has written, contributed to, and been quoted in numerous articles regarding economics, specializing in bringing data-driven research to real-world policymaking and communicating to broad audiences in an engaging manner. Over the course of her career, Diane has held senior-level economist positions at prestigious think tanks and private sector organizations. She has previously worked on Capitol Hill as chief economist for the House Budget Committee and the House Ways and Means Committee, and principal economist for the Joint Economic Committee, and she was a senior economist on the staff of the President’s Council of Economic Advisers. She has worked in the DC policy community continuously since she joined the Congressional Budget Office in the 1990s, coming from a full-time faculty position at Pennsylvania State University. Born and raised in the Midwest, Diane attended the University of Michigan for her undergraduate studies and went on to earn her M.A. in Economics from Brown University and her Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Virginia.Eric Harris, Communications Director Eric Harris has worked in the U.S. House of Representatives since 2014 serving as Senior Advisor and Communications Director for House Committee on Ways and Means members Congressman Jimmy Gomez (CA-34) and Congresswoman Gwen Moore (WI-04), respectively. During his tenure on Capitol Hill, Eric led numerous media relations and opinion writing workshops for the Democratic Caucus, including the Congressional Black Caucus, Congressional Progressive Caucus, Congressional Hispanic Caucus, and the Democratic Policy and Communications Committee. Prior to his time in Congress, he built and operated a successful boutique media relations consultancy where his team created innovative communications campaigns to support corporate clients, political campaigns, cause-oriented initiatives, and nonprofit organizations. Eric’s opinion articles have appeared in NBC News and the Washington Post, he currently serves on the Board of Directors for theh Global Campaign for Education U.S. Chapter, and he holds a BA degree in Political Science from UCLA.Lisa R. Ransom, Outreach and Engagement Director Lisa R. Ransom has worked to advance national policy in finance, workforce development and education, including policy strategies around the landmark Dodd-Frank Financial Reform bill as the vice president of federal affairs for the Center for Responsible Lending. Recently, Lisa worked with a diverse coalition on the reauthorization of the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act as the lead policy consultant with the National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity. As a delegate and presenter, Lisa has represented the US at the United States/European Union Working Group on Labour and Employment Related Issues in Brussels, Belgium as a member and delegate with the U.S. Department of Labor’s Advisory Committee on Apprenticeships. No stranger to Capitol Hill, Lisa has worked for several House members (including House Financial Services Chair Maxine Waters). Lisa holds a Bachelor of Science in political science from the University of Maryland Global Campus and is pursuing her Master of Public Administration at the University of Baltimore.  Committed to the mission of the Select Committee on Economic Disparity and Fairness in Growth, Lisa is currently on sabbatical from her role as chair and CEO of the Augustus F. Hawkins Foundation and principal with The Invictus Group, Ltd.Ksenia Shadrina, Senior Professional Staff Ksenia Shadrina has 10 years of experience as a federal government economist in research and supervisory roles at Bureau of Labor Statistics, Bureau of Economic Analysis, and the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA). At EDA from 2016 to 2020, Ksenia created and led a new team focused on data, performance, and evaluation where she oversaw the design and implementation of a new system for performance measurement and program evaluation of EDA’s non-infrastructure investments. She also served as a U.S. Delegate to the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) as the lead portfolio manager on U.S. engagement in the Regional Development Policy Committee and as Vice Chair in the Working Party on Territorial Indicators during her time at EDA. Prior to joining the Select Committee, she served as a section chief at BEA, supervising a team of four economists. Ksenia holds an MS in development with emphasis in social policy from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and a BA in Economics and French from the University of California, Davis, and is working toward her MS in Applied Economics from George Washington University.Ryan Zamarripa, Senior Professional Staff Ryan Zamarripa is a senior professional staff member on the Select Committee on Economic Disparity and Fairness in Growth. He most recently was a special assistant to Ambassador Katherine Tai in the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, a position to which he was appointed after having served as the executive secretary for the same office on the Biden-Harris transition team. In 2020, Zamarripa held the volunteer leadership convenor role on the Regional Economies and Battleground States Subcommittee on the Biden-Harris presidential campaign. Prior to working in the Biden-Harris Administration, Zamarripa was the associate director for economic policy at the Center for American Progress and an economics fellow at Third Way. He holds a master’s degree in economics from Columbia University and bachelor’s degrees in mathematics and economics from Tulane University. Zamarripa also served as an education volunteer with the Peace Corps in Tanzania.Andrew Cobián, Policy Analyst Andrew Cobian is a Policy Analyst with the Select Committee on Economic Disparity and Fairness in Growth. This past summer, Andrew interned with the White House Council on Environmental Quality, supporting the Federal Government's transition to net-zero emissions and clean energy. Andrew completed his MPP at the University of Chicago's Harris School in June 2021, during which he worked as a policy associate at the Latino Policy Forum conducting research and data analysis to support the Forum's education, housing, and immigration agendas. Andrew completed his BA in Chicana/o Studies and Urban Studies at the University of California Los Angeles in 2018. As an undergraduate, Andrew worked as an executive assistant for the UCLA Institute of Transportation Studies, supporting research on transportation planning and policy; this was followed with an internship at the L.A. Mayor's Office of Budget and Innovation where he mapped out Los Angeles' hard-to-count populations for the 2020 Census.Megan Rivera, Policy Analyst Megan Rivera recently completed her master’s degree in public policy from the University of Virginia’s Batten School. During her time at UVA, she worked at a number of UVA-based research centers focused on issues such as the impacts of racism on economic outcomes and the reach and effectiveness of Charlottesville’s COVID-19-related economic assistance programs, using focus group and survey methodologies. She was a co-founder of the Batten School’s “Equity Collaborative” with a mission of enhancing equitable student experiences at the school, and was also Director of External Affairs for the School’s journal, the Virginia Policy Review. She holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Houston.Mauricio Armaza, Committee Clerk Mauricio Armaza was previously the Director of Operations for Congressman Himes’ personal office. In his position as clerk, Mauricio will handle the day-to-day operations of the committee and facilitate numerous hearings in both Washington, DC, and around the country. He holds a BA in Government and Chinese Language and Culture from the College of William and Mary.Michael Suchecki, Digital Production Manager Michael Suchecki previously worked in Congress as a Digital Fellow for Majority Leader Steny Hoyer and as a Communications Intern for Congresswoman Ilhan Omar and Senator Elizabeth Warren. In 2020, he worked as a Creative Strategy Intern at Snapchat and on the campaign Correspondence Teams for the Warren and Biden presidential campaigns. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Pages for Peace Foundation and holds a BBA in Marketing and a BA in Political Science from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.  

Select Committee on Economic Disparity and Fairness in Growth The Select Committee on Economic Disparity and Fairness in Growth will develop solutions to the key economic issue of our time: the yawning prosperity gap between wealthy Americans and everyone else. America is more unequal today than it has ever been, and far more unequal than other developed nations. Great wealth disparities slow our economy, poison our politics, and offend our moral sensibilities. The Committee will listen to academic experts, community leaders, the private sector, and most importantly, everyday Americans. Its members, drawn from every corner of America, will recommend solutions to the Congress, the Administration, and society at large. The Committee also intends to Show America to Itself. Our divisions and parochialism erode our belief and confidence in each other. We will document the hopes, concerns, and aspirations of Americans throughout our land in the belief that just behind our differences lie unity and a commitment to each other.

For more information, contact Eric Harris at Eric.Harris@mail.house.gov.

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