Robert J. Shapiro, Ph.D.

Sonecon, LLC
633 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Suite 400
Washington, DC 20004
Tel. (202) 393-2228


Sonecon, LLC,
Washington, DC, 2001 – present
Managing Director and Founding Partner

  • Founding partner and managing director of a consulting firm advising governments, corporations and non-profit entities on U.S. and global market conditions and U.S. economic policy.
  • Facilitates investments in the U.S. by foreign companies.
  • Have advised, among others, British Prime Minister Tony Blair; corporations such as Nordstjernan of Sweden, Fujitsu of Japan and, in the U.S, New York Life Insurance Co. and MCI, Inc.; and non-profits including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the American Public Transportation Association.

U.S. Government
Washington, DC, 1997 – 2001
U.S. Under Secretary of Commerce

  • Under Secretary for Economic Affairs: Oversaw policy, planning and operations by the Census Bureau, the Bureau of Economic Analysis, and the Office of the Under Secretary, managing 35 executives with responsibility for 10,000 employees and $4.5 billion (FY 2000).
  • Oversight included Census 2000, the government’s largest operational undertaking. Also directed Department analysis of information technologies and e-commerce.
  • Chief economic advisor for the Commerce Department and representative to White House economic task forces.

Progressive Policy Institute
Washington, DC, 1989 – 1997
Co-Founder and Vice President

  • Managed major operations and strategic planning for a Washington public-policy organization and oversaw development of its economic policy proposals and analyses.
  • Raised funds and authored proposals on U.S. and global economic issues. Extensive publications.

Progressive Foundation
Washington, DC, 1993 – 1997
Co-Founder and Director of Economic Studies

  • Directed economic analysis and policy development for Washington public policy foundation.
  • Also, raised funds and developed policy positions economic issues. Extensive publications.

Private Practice
Washington, DC, 1991 – 1997

  • Directed and conducted analyses for national corporate and public sector clients on antitrust, telecommunications regulation, corporate taxation, and information technology issues.

Clinton for President Campaign and Presidential Transition
Washington, DC, 1991 – 1993
Principal Economic Advisor

  • Oversaw development of economic policy for the Clinton presidential campaign. Also, principal economic advisor to Governor Clinton.
  • Senior transition advisor.

U.S. News & World Report
Washington, DC, 1986 – 1988
Associate Editor

  • Senior writer on macroeconomic policy and author of the weekly “Tomorrow” column.

Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan
Washington, DC, 1981 – 1986
Legislative Director and Economic Counsel

  • Managed legislative strategy and policy staff, and chief liaison to other Senate offices and Senate leadership.
  • Principal economic advisor to Senator Moynihan, Senator’s chief advisor on tax policy and budget policy, and representative to the Senate Finance and Senate Budget committees.


Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, 1980

  • Ph.D.
  • M.A.
  • Fellow: 1975-1980

National Bureau for Economic Research, London, England, 1980-1981

  • Fellow

London School of Economics and Political Science, 1972

  • M.Sc.

University of Chicago, Chicago, IL, 1970

  • A.B., High Honors


Fellow, The Brookings Institution, Washington, D.C.Counselor, U.S. Conference Board

Advisor Fujitsu Research Institute, Tokyo, Japan

Fellow, The Progressive Policy Institute, Washington, D.C.

Columnist, Slate

Director, Axson-Johnson Foundation, Stockholm, Sweden

Director, Center for International Political Economy, New York

Affiliate, Precision Economics, LLC, Washington, D.C.