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, and is a member of The Conference Board’s Global Advisory Council. Fosler served as president of The Conference Board from October 2007 to December 2009. From 1989-2008, she served as chief economist. In 2004, she assumed responsibility for expanding the international presence and operations of The Conference Board.
Under Fosler’s direction as chief economist, The Conference Board assumed the development and dissemination of the Leading Economic Indicators from the U.S. Department of Commerce; developed a broad-based program in productivity, labor force dynamics, and innovation; significantly broadened the global scope of its indicators; and founded its China Center for Economics and Business. The Wall Street Journal twice named Fosler America’s most accurate economic forecaster.
Prior to coming to The Conference Board, Fosler served as Deputy Staff Director and Chief Economist of the U.S. Senate Budget Committee, where she helped develop frameworks and forecasts for congressional budget debates and negotiated 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. and DBS Holdings (Singapore), among others, and a past trustee of John Hancock Mutual Funds. She is a member of The Council on Foreign Relations and the Bretton Woods Committee, and a former trustee and Executive Committee member of the National Bureau of Economic Research. She currently serves as a commissioner for the Bipartisan Policy Center’s Personal Savings and Financial Security Initiative and is an affiliated expert for the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation. She has served on the Advisory Panel to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, the Chatham House Gold Task Force and as a trustee of The Economic Club of New York. She is a member of the New York Women’s Forum and the International Women’s Forum. She chairs the Board of Directors of the Deschner Corporation, a family-owned manufacturer of hydraulic speed controls and related equipment for industry in Santa Ana, Calif.
Fosler received her B.A. in economics from the University of Southern California and her M.B.A. in finance from New York University.