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Fed's Brainard frontrunner for White House top economist post - Washington Post

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Jan 25 (Reuters) - U.S. Federal Reserve Vice Chair Lael Brainard is a leading contender for the top economic advisory position at the White House, the Washington Post reported on Wednesday, citing three people familiar with the deliberations.

Brainard is currently in the number two slot at the U.S. central bank, where she commands an influential role over monetary policy and regulation as the Fed battles to bring down high inflation.

President Joe Biden is on the search for the next head of the National Economic Council as the current director, Brian Deese, is expected to leave soon and interviews are still ongoing to replace him, the newspaper said.

Other contenders for the role include Wally Adeyemo, the deputy treasury secretary; Gene Sperling, a senior adviser to Biden who ran the NEC under President Bill Clinton and President Barack Obama; Sylvia Mathews Burwell, the former secretary of Health and Human Services and current president of American University; Bharat Ramamurti, the deputy NEC director; and Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo, the Washington Post reported.

Brainard, a Democrat, has been at the Fed for almost a decade. Before that she was the Undersecretary of the Treasury for International Affairs during the Obama administration.

Reporting by Lindsay Dunsmuir; Editing by Andrew Heavens
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