Who We Are
Julia Coronado, President and Founder
Julia Coronado founded MPP because she believes independent research can provide the most objective and relevant analysis to inform decision making in an uncertain world. Julia is a Clinical Associate Professor of Finance at the University of Texas at Austin and blogs for the Rutgers Business School. She has more than a decade of experience as a financial market economist including serving as Chief Economist for Graham Capital Management and BNP Paribas, and as a Senior Economist at Barclays Capital. After receiving her Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Texas at Austin, Julia worked for the Federal Reserve Board of Governors in Washington D.C. for eight years where she regularly briefed the Board and contributed to the FOMC forecasts. Julia has published a number of scholarly articles on issues related to pension finances, social security, and retirement saving adequacy and behavior. She is a member of the Economic Advisory Panel of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, the Board of Directors of the National Association of Business Economists, the Economic Studies Council at the Brookings Institution and is on the Board of Directors of Robert Half International. She serves on the the Advisory Boards of the Pension Research Council at the Wharton School and the Cleveland Fed’s Center for Inflation Research.
Laura Rosner, Senior Economist and Partner
Laura Rosner is a Senior Economist and Founding Partner at MPP specializing in the areas of monetary policy and inflation. She joined MPP from BNP Paribas where she served as senior U.S. economist for four years. She started her career in the financial services industry at the beginning of 2006 working as an economist for Barclays Capital where she first developed a niche in forecasting and researching inflation. Her work on inflation spans a range of economic and market environments and benefits from a blend of macro and micro perspectives. Prior to BNP Paribas, Laura worked in a policy analysis group in the Markets Division of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. Her area of specialty was researching unconventional monetary policies, in particular their design, implementation and effects on financial markets. She also contributed to the development and design of the New York Fed’s Survey of Primary Dealers. Laura studied economics in the Ph.D. program at the University of Maryland, where her fields of concentration were macroeconomics and international finance. She received her undergraduate degree in economics with honors from Columbia University.
Mary Benedetto, Associate
Mary Benedetto is an Associate at MPP focused on client management, research, and research product development. She has a diverse social science research and business operations background. She joined MPP after completing a Master’s in Urban & Regional Planning from Portland State University with a specialization in economic development. Her professional experience includes work in the non-profit, public, and private sectors across a variety of industries including hospitality, manufacturing, and public-private partnership administration. She received her undergraduate degree in Interdisciplinary Anthropology from the University of Akron and has presented and published original research on topics such as food insecurity, public space, and historic preservation. With wide-ranging interests and experience, she brings an inquisitive, detail-oriented approach to the MPP team and our clients.
Karen Dynan, Senior Advisor
Karen Dynan analyzes a range of macroeconomic issues for MPP including fiscal policy, the financial health of consumers, wage trends and housing. She is currently also a professor of economics at Harvard University and a nonresident senior fellow at the Peterson Institute. Karen was recently Assistant Secretary for Economic Policy and Chief Economist at the U.S. Department of the Treasury under the Obama Administration. Prior to joining Treasury, Karen was Vice President and Co-director of the Economic Studies program at the Brookings Institution. Before that, she served on the staff of the Federal Reserve Board for 17 years, playing a leadership role in macroeconomic forecasting, analysis of household finances, and the Fed’s response to the financial crisis. Karen has also served as a senior economist at the White House Council of Economic Advisers. She received her Ph.D. in economics from Harvard University and her A.B. from Brown University.
Ellen Hughes-Cromwick, Senior Advisor
Ellen Hughes-Cromwick analyzes macroeconomic and financial market issues for MPP, including business cycle analysis and changes in financial market structure. She is currently also Interim Associate Director, Social Science and Policy at the University of Michigan Energy Institute (UMEI). Ellen recently served as Chief Economist of the U.S. Department of Commerce where she participated in initiatives to improve data quality and measure the digital economy, expand manufacturing, trade and investment, and supported the development of the Administration’s economic forecast. Prior to joining the U.S. Department of Commerce, Ellen spent 18 years at Ford Motor Company with the last ten as chief global economist. Ellen has also served as a senior economist at Mellon Bank, assistant professor of economics at Trinity College, and a staff economist on the President's Council of Economic Advisers. She received her Ph.D. in Economics and Master's degree in International Development from Clark University in Massachusetts and her Bachelor's degree from the University of Notre Dame.
Dick Berner, Senior Advisor
Richard (Dick) Berner researches a number of areas affecting the macro economy for MPP, including retirement saving, financial markets, financial regulation, and fiscal issues, among others. Dick also currently serves as Executive-in-Residence and Professor of Economics at the NYU Stern School of Business. Prior to joining Stern, Dick served as the first Director of the Office of Financial Research (OFR) at the US Treasury Department and as Counselor to the Treasury Secretary. Before his public service, Dick was Co-Head of Global Economics and Chief U.S. Economist at Morgan Stanley from 1999 to 2011 and has won numerous forecasting awards. He has been a member of the Economic Advisory Panel of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, the Panel of Economic Advisers of the Congressional Budget Office, and the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of the National Bureau of Economic Research. Dick received his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania and his bachelor’s degree from Harvard.