Gail D. Fosler is president, The GailFosler Group LLC, a strategic advisory service for global business leaders and public policymakers. The GailFosler Group provides in-depth analysis of economic, financial and public policy issues and creates new concepts and frameworks for business and government leaders to support successful decision making. She is also Senior Advisor to the Business Council, and leads the organization’s partnership with The Conference Board.
Fosler is former President and Trustee of The Conference Board. During her 20-year career at The Conference Board, Fosler held a number of executive and leadership roles dedicated to expanding the organization’s intellectual capacity, impact and global reach. Until April 2008, she was executive vice president and chief economist and directed the highly regarded economics program. Fosler was twice named America’s most accurate economic forecaster by The Wall Street Journal.
Beginning in 2004, Fosler led The Conference Board’s global expansion. Today, The Conference Board has flourishing programs and research in Europe and Asia-Pacific, with offices in Brussels, Hong Kong and Mumbai, and the China Center for Economics and Business, based in Beijing, which represents one of the few not-for-profit foreign research organizations operating in China.
Prior to coming to The Conference Board, Fosler served as deputy staff director and chief economist of the U.S. Senate Budget Committee under the chairmanship of Pete V. Domenici (R-N.M.). Fosler developed frameworks and forecasts for congressional budget debates and acted as a key negotiator on fiscal, monetary, and budget process initiatives for the committee.
Fosler is a director of Baxter International and Swiss Re America Holding Corp. She is a past director of Caterpillar Inc., the Unisys Corporation, H.B. Fuller Company and DBS Holdings (a Singapore company), and is a past trustee of John Hancock Mutual Funds. She also chairs the board of directors of the Deschner Corporation, a family-owned hydraulic speed-control business in Santa Ana, Calif.
Fosler is a member of The Conference Board’s Global Advisory Council, chaired by Paul A. Volcker, former chairman of the Federal Reserve Board, and the Council on Foreign Relations, where she serves as an ex-officio member of the council’s Budget and Finance and Audit Committees. Other memberships include the Bretton Woods Committee, the New York Women’s Forum and the International Women’s Forum. She is also a former trustee and Executive Committee member of the National Bureau of Economic Research, a past member of the Advisory Panel to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and a former trustee of the Economics Club of New York.
Fosler received her B.A. in economics from the University of Southern California and her M.B.A. in finance from New York University. She and her husband, Scott, live in Chevy Chase, Md.; they have one son, Michael.