SMLR Represented on Governor-Elect Murphy’s Transition2018 Committees

By Steve Flamisch

New Jersey Governor-elect Philip D. Murphy has named two members of the Rutgers School of Management and Labor Relations (SMLR) faculty and staff to his Transition2018 Committees to help develop policy reports and recommendations for the incoming administration.

Douglas Kruse, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Distinguished Professor, will serve on the Committee on a Stronger and Fairer Economy. Karen White, Director of the Working Families Program in the Rutgers Center for Women and Work, will serve on the Committee on Labor and Workforce Development.

Dr. Doug KruseKaren White

“I’m delighted that Governor-elect Murphy has tapped SMLR's expertise for his transition process,” said SMLR Acting Dean and Professor Adrienne Eaton. “Doug is a brilliant economist who has served at the White House and conducted groundbreaking research on the benefits of employee ownership and profit sharing. Karen is one of the nation’s leading experts on paid family leave, and she played a critical role in bringing this important benefit to working families in New Jersey. With their experience and unique insight, I know Doug and Karen will make strong contributions to the transition committees.”

Kruse previously served as a Senior Economist on President Barack Obama’s Council of Economic Advisers from 2013 – 2014. A world-renowned expert on shared capitalism, Kruse is the Beyster Faculty Fellow and Associate Director of SMLR’s Fellowship Program on Employee Ownership and Profit Sharing. He also studies pensions, wage differentials, worker displacement, and the barriers facing people with disabilities, both in the workplace and at the polling place. Kruse holds a Ph.D. in economics from Harvard University.

White, a nationally renowned expert on family-friendly workplace policies, has provided advice, research, and technical assistance to several states that implemented paid family leave or paid sick leave programs. She was instrumental in the creation of New Jersey’s Family Leave Insurance (FLI) program, which was signed into law by Governor Jon Corzine in May 2008 and became effective in July 2009. White has also provided technical assistance to the 13 New Jersey municipalities that have enacted a paid sick leave policy. Before coming to Rutgers, she worked at the Economic Policy Institute in Washington, DC.

More than 20 Rutgers University leaders will serve on the Governor-elect’s 14 transition committees, including Rutgers University—New Brunswick Chancellor Debasish “Deba” Dutta. The committees will meet throughout New Jersey over the next two months to develop reports and recommendations prior to the Jan. 16 inauguration. Their work will inform the new administration’s legislative and regulatory agenda.

“New Jersey needs an administration ready to hit the ground running in January, and through the work of the transition committees my administration will not take office blind to the challenges and opportunities before us,” Governor-elect Murphy said in a press release announcing the committees. “I am grateful to everyone who accepted the call to serve our transition. From analyzing and prescribing policy to taking a fresh look at the basic organization of government, these committees have a lot of work to do. I am confident they will put my administration in a position to begin delivering results for the people of New Jersey from day one.”