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AFPI Announces Michael Faulkender as Chief Economist

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the America First Policy Institute (AFPI) announced that Michael Faulkender has been named Chief Economist at AFPI.

Michael Faulkender will lead AFPI’s charge to unleash prosperity and ensure the greatest economy in the world works for all Americans. As Chief Economist, Faulkender will provide research support and policy analysis for each of AFPI’s 20 policy centers.

Before becoming Chief Economist, Faulkender served as Senior Fellow at AFPI. He is also a finance professor at the University of Maryland. Previously, he served as Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Economic Policy from 2019–2021. He also previously served on the faculty at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and the Kellogg School at Northwestern University.

Larry Kudlow, Chair of the Center for American Prosperity at AFPI, released the following statement:

“Michael Faulkender, as every good economist knows, understands that free market capitalism is the best path to prosperity. I look forward to working alongside him as we work to get our country back on the right track. Michael’s proven track record of promoting pro-growth economic policies will continue to serve the America First Policy Institute in our fight to restore common sense in Washington.”


About the America First Policy Institute:

AFPI is a 501(C)(3) non-profit, non-partisan research institute focused on advancing policies that put the American people first. AFPI is led by senior leaders from the Trump Administration: Linda McMahon, Chair of the Board and former Administrator of the Small Business Administration; Larry Kudlow, Vice-Chair, former Director of the National Economic Council; and Brooke Rollins, President and CEO, and former Director of the Domestic Policy Council and Chief White House Strategist. Since its inception in 2021, the America First Policy Institute team proudly includes nine former Cabinet-level officials, three former Governors, and nearly fifty former Senior White House and Administration officials. More information about AFPI and its 20 research centers can be found at

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