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Elisabeth Reynolds


Partner, Unless; MIT Lecturer; Former Special Assistant to the President

Biden National Economic Council

Twitter: @LizBeckReynolds

Elisabeth Reynolds works at the National Economic Council as Special Assistant to the President for Manufacturing and Economic Development.

Elisabeth Reynolds was a principal research scientist and executive director of the MIT Industrial Performance Center as well as a lecturer in MIT's Department of Urban Studies and Planning (DUSP). She was the executive director of the MIT Task Force on the Work of the Future from 2018 to 2020. Her research examines systems of innovation, regional economic development and industrial competitiveness. She has focused in particular on the theory and practice of cluster development and regional innovation systems and advises several organizations in this area. Her current research focuses on advanced manufacturing, growing innovative companies to scale, and building innovation capacity in developed and developing countries.

Before coming to MIT for her Ph.D., Reynolds was the Director of the City Advisory Practice at the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City (ICIC), a non-profit founded by Professor Michael Porter focused on job and business growth in urban areas. She is a member of the Massachusetts Advanced Manufacturing Collaborative and a board member of the Northeast Clean Energy Council and Issue One.

Liz holds a B.A. in government from Harvard. She was the Fiske Scholar at Trinity College, Cambridge and holds a Master’s in Economics from the University of Montreal as well as a Ph.D. from MIT’s Department of Urban Studies and Planning.

Recent Events and Presentations

April 27, 2023

Reviving America’s Hamiltonian Tradition to Win the Economic Competition With China

Please join ITIF for an all-day conference with leading experts and policymakers to explore why and how Washington can look to Hamiltonianism for guidance in how to win the techno-economic contest with China.

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