Ronnie has the right experience working with government and business to be North Carolina's next Treasurer.
Ronnie Chatterji is an economist with a Ph.D. and a chaired professor at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business and Sanford School of Public Policy. His expertise is in business strategy, entrepreneurship, socially responsible investing, and the intersection of business and public policy.
Ronnie served as a senior economist on the White House Council of Economic Advisers during the Obama Administration. He worked on policies to strengthen our national economy, which resulted in tax cuts for small businesses, greater access to capital for entrepreneurs, and investments in economic development in North Carolina and across the nation. He has advised multiple Presidential and U.S. Senate campaigns on economic policy.
Ronnie is an appointed member of Governor Roy Cooper’s Entrepreneurial Council. He also serves on the NC First Commission, a bipartisan group tasked with developing a long-term strategy to guide transportation investments in our state.
He has a proven record of turning innovative ideas into smart economic policy. He has helped family-owned businesses in North Carolina as well as Fortune 500 companies grow and thrive.
Ronnie is a frequent keynote speaker and experienced adviser to leading companies in finance, healthcare, technology, energy, retail, and sports. Ronnie has authored several opinion pieces on economic policy in The News & Observer, The Wall Street Journal, and The New York Times. He has testified before U.S. Congressional committees on economic policy.
The son of two public school educators, Ronnie is passionate about teaching and learning. His work ignited the League of Innovative Schools, a national network of pioneering school district leaders. He also helped create an online platform to test new educational technologies for K-12 students. Locally, he designed and taught an entrepreneurship class in Durham Public Schools and served on the board of Communities in Schools.
Ronnie has expertise in health care policy and recently authored a report with the American Heart Association on innovation in cardiovascular care. As a professor, he has taught health care innovators how to develop strategies to scale their organizations and impact.
Ronnie is a leading authority on corporate social responsibility. His recent book, “Can Business Save the Earth?” explains how business leaders, investors, and policymakers can collaborate to build a more sustainable world.
Ronnie began his career as a financial analyst. He served as a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a Fellow for the Center for American Progress. He previously worked as a visiting professor at Harvard Business School.
Ronnie received a “Rising Star” award from the Aspen Institute and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Prize Medal for Distinguished Research in Entrepreneurship. He was recognized as a “Top 40 under 40” business school professor by Poets & Quants and has received multiple teaching awards.
Ronnie earned his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley and his undergraduate degree in economics from Cornell University. Ronnie and his wife, Neely, are proud residents of Durham where they are raising their three children.