At-Large Board of Trustees Member, Professor of Public Policy and Chief EconomistWilliam M. Rodgers, III is Professor of Public Policy and Chief Economist at the Heldrich Center for Workforce Development at Rutgers University. He holds a BA from Dartmouth College, MA’s from UC Santa Barbara and Harvard University, and a Ph.D. from Harvard University.
Rodgers is a member of the graduate faculty of Rutgers' School of Management and Labor Relations, and a senior research affiliate of the National Poverty Center, University of Michigan. He is a member of the National Academy of Social Insurance.
Prior to coming to Rutgers, in 2000, Rodgers served as chief economist at the U.S. Department of Labor, appointed by Alexis Herman, U.S. Secretary of Labor. At the time of his appointment, he was the Frances L. and Edwin L. Cummings Professor of Economics at the College of William and Mary.
Rodgers' expertise is frequently called upon by journalists for articles in The New York Times,The Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, The Financial Times, U.S.A. Today, Business Week, and other publications. He is a frequent guest on numerous television and radio talk shows such as NBC’s Meet the Press and Nightly News, CNN’s Your $$$$, CNBC’s Squawk Box and Street Signs, Thomson-Reuters, Fox Business News, and NPR.
He serves on numerous national advisory boards such as the Center for American Progress, Economic Policy Institute, and the Migration Policy Institute.
His policy work spans from working on Acting Governor Codey's pensions benefits review task force to serving as a member of Governor Corzine's commission on government efficiency and reform. Currently, he sits on the National Urban League’s Council of Economic Advisors.
Professor Rodgers’ United Way service started when he joined the United Way of Greater Williamsburg’s board in 2001. He served until his family moved to Central New Jersey. Currently, Rodgers serves as Board Chair of Somerset County’s United Way. At the regional level, Rodgers is a member of the United Way of America's Regional Operating Council (ROC) and chairs the ROC’s subcommittee on Regional Design and Operations.
He is married to economics Professor Yana V. Rodgers of Rutgers' Women and Gender Studies Department. They have three children: Eliana, William IV, and Charles. They reside in Montgomery Township, NJ.
Think back to your introduction and first experience with the United Way. Was it volunteering? Was it giving? Was it advocacy? For me, it was our Sunday afternoon public service announcements when I was a teenager in the early 1980s. More