Ronnie Chatterji is a father, husband, and proud resident of Durham, North Carolina. He is an economist and tenured professor at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business and Sanford School of Public Policy. Ronnie previously served as a senior economist at the White House Council of Economic Advisers in the Obama Administration and has advised multiple Presidential and U.S. Senate campaigns on economic policy. He is an appointee to Governor Cooper’s Entrepreneurial Council and Transportation Secretary Trogdon’s NC First Commission.
Ronnie has a proven record of turning innovative ideas into smart economic policy, helping family-owned businesses in North Carolina as well as Fortune 500 companies grow and thrive. He 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 Raleigh News & Observer, The New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal.
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 also 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 was previously a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations and worked as a financial analyst. He received his Ph.D. from UC Berkeley and his undergraduate degree in economics from Cornell University. He and his wife Neely have three children.