Chief Economist, AFL-CIO
William Spriggs serves as Chief Economist to the AFL-CIO, and Chair of the TUAC Economic Policy Working Group. He is also a professor in, and former Chair of, the Department of Economics at Howard University. Bill assumed these roles in August 2012 after leaving the Executive Branch of the U.S. Government. Mr. Spriggs was appointed by President Barack Obama and confirmed by the U.S. Senate, in 2009 to serve as Assistant Secretary for the Office of Policy at the United States Department of Labor, taking a leave of absence from Howard University to do so. At the time of his appointment, he also served as chairman for the Healthcare Trust for UAW Retirees of the Ford Motor Company and as chairman of the UAW Retirees of the Dana Corporation Health and Welfare Trust; and on the joint National Academy of Sciences and National Academy of Public Administration’s Committee on the Fiscal Future for the United States; and, as Senior Fellow of the Community Service Society of New York. Mr. Spriggs’ previous work experience includes roles leading economic policy development and research at the Economic Policy Institute, the National Urban League (a 103 year old leading civil rights NGO), positions at the U.S. Department of Commerce and the U.S. Small Business Administration, the Joint Economic Committee of the U.S. Congress and the independent federal National Commission for Employment Policy. While working on his PhD in Economics from the University of Wisconsin, he began his labour career as co-president of the American Federation of Teachers, Local 3220 in Madison, Wisconsin. Mr. Spriggs is a member of the National Academy of Social Insurance and the National Academy of Public Administration.