Shayna Strom

President and CEO, Washington Center for Equitable Growth

Washington, D.C.



  • OMB Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (Obama administration)
  • Biden-Harris transition team
  • ACLU
  • Century Foundation



  • Regulatory policy
  • Tax policy and fiscal impacts
  • Economic growth and equity
  • Paid leave and child care



  • Yale University, B.A., J.D.
  • University of Oxford, M.Sc. (Rhodes Scholarship)


Recent Coverage

JAN 10, 2023

Bloomberg | Obama White House Alum Named Head of Washington Think Tank

The Washington Center for Equitable Growth appointed Shayna Strom as chief executive officer of the left-leaning think tank that’s provided a steady stream of personnel to the White House.

Strom begins the role effective immediately, according to a statement Tuesday. She’s served as interim head of the group since September, after Michelle Holder stepped down from the role to spend more time with family and write her third book.


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About Shayna

Shayna Strom is the president and CEO of the Washington Center for Equitable Growth. She has decades of experience bridging nonprofits, government, philanthropy, and academia, and a deep commitment to fostering economic growth by addressing inequality.

Previously, Strom served as the chief deputy national political director at the American Civil Liberties Union, where she helped launch a 75-person department focused on policy, issue campaigns, and grassroots organizing. Strom also has had a significant government career, including serving on the Biden-Harris transition team. During the Obama administration, she spent 4 years in the White House, working as an adviser to the head of the Office of Management and Budget and as the chief of staff and senior counselor at the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, or OIRA, where she negotiated the policy and politics of many of President Barack Obama’s high-profile regulations. She also previously served as counsel on the Senate Judiciary Committee for Sen. Al Franken (D-MN), where she worked on antitrust issues, among other topics.

Additionally, Strom has taught at Johns Hopkins University, Sarah Lawrence College, and the Biden Institute at the University of Delaware. She was a 2021–2022 SNF Agora visiting fellow at Johns Hopkins University and a fellow at the Labor and Worklife Program at Harvard Law School. She has written and testified about labor policy and the changing workplace economy.

Strom has worked with several prominent foundations and directed the early U.S. policy work at the Open Philanthropy Project. She also served on the initial leadership team setting up Indivisible as a national nonprofit.

Strom graduated summa cum laude from Yale College, and received a law degree from Yale Law School and an M.Sc. from Oxford University, where she was a Rhodes Scholar.