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AzBA Economic Speaker Series

Thursday, September 24, 2020 @ 9:00 AM

UPDATE: Due to uncertainty with travel/gathering guidelines this event will be offered via

MS Teams Video Conference Presentation Including Attendee Q & A

The Arizona Bankers Association Welcomes


 Douglas Holtz-Eakin, President, The American Action Forum

Before founding AAF in 2009, Dr. Holtz-Eakin served in a variety of influential policy positions. During 2001-2002, he was the Chief Economist of the President’s Council of Economic Advisers (CEA), where he had also served during 1989-1990 as a Senior Staff Economist. At CEA he helped to formulate policies addressing the 2000-2001 recession and the aftermath of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. From 2003-2005 he was the 6th Director of the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO), which provides budgetary and policy analysis to the U.S. Congress. During his tenure, CBO assisted Congress as they addressed numerous policies — notably the 2003 tax cuts (the Jobs and Growth Tax Relief Reconciliation Act), the 2003 Medicare prescription drug bill (the Medicare Modernization Act), and the 2005 push for Social Security reform.

During 2007 and 2008, he was Director of Domestic and Economic Policy for the John McCain presidential campaign. After that, he was a Commissioner on the congressionally chartered Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission.

Dr. Holtz-Eakin built an international reputation as a scholar doing research in areas of applied economic policy, econometric methods, and entrepreneurship. He began his career at Columbia University in 1985 and moved to Syracuse University from 1990 to 2001. At Syracuse, he became Trustee Professor of Economics at the Maxwell School, Chairman of the Department of Economics and Associate Director of the Center for Policy Research.

Dr. Holtz-Eakin writes a daily column in AAF’s morning newsletter, the Daily Dish, and regularly comments on current policy and political debates for a variety of news outlets.


Jim Glassman, Chief Economist, JPMorgan Chase & Co.

As managing director and head economist for Commercial Banking, James Glassman provides market insights to help clients better understand the changing economy and its impact on their business. Mr. Glassman also works closely with the firm’s Corporate Sector, including the Chief Investment Office and Investor Relations, as well as the Investment Bank and Government Relations groups, providing financial analysis and research. A publisher of independent research on the principal forces shaping the economy and financial markets, Mr. Glassman is regularly cited in the financial media, where he is also a frequent commentator on economic policy issues. 

Additionally, he is a long-standing participant in the widely followed Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia Survey
of Professional Forecasters and the National Association of Business Economists’ panel of macro-economic forecasters.From 1979 through 1988, Mr. Glassman served as a senior economist in the Research & Statistics and Monetary Affairs departments at the Federal Reserve Board in Washington, D.C. His responsibilities ranged from analysis and forecasting of inflation and labor market developments, to analysis of the Federal Reserve’s operating strategies and interest rate markets, to the development of monetary and reserves projections. He joined Morgan Guaranty in 1988 and then Chemical Bank in 1993, which, through a combination of mergers, became JPMorgan Chase & Co. Mr. Glassman earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana and a master’s degree in Economics from the University of Illinois, Chicago. He was awarded a Ph.D. in Economics from Northwestern University.


Ticket Prices

Member $50

Non Member $100

Sponsorship: $1,500 (up to 20 attendees)

*includes logo recognition in future marketing & in digital signage during event


September 24, 2020 from 9:00 - 10:30 a.m.

The discussion will focus on the near and long-term growth prospects for the U.S. economy, with a focus on key federal policy choices in taxes, entitlements, financial sector regulation, general regulatory policy and the decisions of the Fed.


Thank you to our current Bank Sponsors!