Marcy Elkind is an advisor to governments and institutional investors on global investment strategy, pension policy, and public finance. In 1980, she founded Elkind Economics, Inc. which organizes and leads forums for institutional asset allocators and investment management firms to exchange ideas about investing in emerging and frontier markets. Her Asset Management Forums focus on developing investment strategies to translate economic development into financial returns for institutional investors,
Over many years, Dr. Elkind has played a key role in developing government pension policy working with organizations including the California Legislature, the President’s Commission on Pension Policy, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, and the Federal Employees’ Retirement System. Internationally, she has advised both the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank on pension reform. In the private sector, her client engagements include working with the Commission on College Retirement to reform the investment practices of the TIAA-CREF retirement system.
Her experience also includes testifying on numerous occasions before legislative committees. She has written extensively on Social Security and other public finance issues including the fiscal problems of cities and states, international pension reform, and the investment impact of the Japanese tax structure compared with that of the U.S.
Dr. Elkind draws upon a strong academic foundation in her consulting work. Prior to founding Elkind Economics, she was a member of the economics faculty of Stanford University and served as a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. She also directed urban economic research as a Senior Economist at the San Francisco Federal Home Loan Bank and worked in both the public finance and pension areas as an economist at SRI International.
Dr. Elkind is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of California at Berkeley. She received her PhD in economics from Stanford.