Economist/Associate, Macroeconomics

Macro · Washington, District of Columbia
Department Macro
Employment Type Full-Time

Start Date: Immediately

Job Title: Economist/Associate

Practice Area: Macroeconomics

Location: Washington, D.C.


Founded in 2001, Keybridge is a boutique economics and public policy consulting firm based in Washington, DC. We serve as economists, policy experts, and strategic advisers to a diverse clientele that includes Fortune 500 companies, global financial firms, federal government agencies, leading trade associations, non-profit organizations, and institutions that operate at the intersection of economics and public policy. Often our work is presented directly to business and government leaders, including CEOs, state governors, and organization leaders.

Our business is comprised of three practice areas: Macroeconomics, Public Policy, and Social Responsibility & Accountability. Within each of these workstreams, we provide our clients with a suite of analytical and advisory services, including economic modeling and data analytics, policy design and analysis, and strategic planning. We are known for our creative thinking and data-driven approach to addressing complex problems, as well as our ability to convert complex information into clear, accessible, and actionable insights. Keybridge takes pride in developing long-term relationships with clients that position us to operate as a natural extension of their organization and serve as trusted advisers on issues related to economics and public policy.

Keybridge benefits from the diversity of our staff's personal and professional experiences. At Keybridge you will find an active culture that engages in "lunch and learn" sessions on a broad range of topics and regularly holds robust firm-wide discussions about macroeconomic policy issues and public policy developments. We foster a supportive social network in which staff enjoy one another's company, and we regularly organize non-work social events and participate in group volunteer opportunities throughout the year. Keybridge also engages in pro bono work for deserving charities and organizations.


As an Economist/Associate, you will work with other members of the Macroeconomics Practice to manage and deliver analytical and consulting services to a variety of clients, including private companies, trade associations, non-profit organizations, and government entities. You will be expected to exercise advanced problem-solving skills and creativity and to apply economic principles and analytical approaches to real-world problems. We have found that successful candidates have a demonstrated interest in how research speaks to public policy issues and are able to work simultaneously and independently across multiple subject-matter areas, quickly learning new topics or methods as needed.

Current areas of focus for our Macroeconomic Practice clients include:

  • Short-, medium-, and long-term outlook for the U.S. economy, including inflation risks, post-pandemic economic effects, and trends in employment, consumer spending, investment spending, etc.
  • Developments in domestic policy, including fiscal, monetary, and trade policy.
  • International economic developments (e.g., health of G20 economies, developments in European Union, Asia, and Latin America).
  • Geopolitical risks, including the future of U.S.-China relations, global financial risks, emerging-market debt issues, rise of global populism, Brexit implications, and other geopolitical developments.
  • State and regional economic developments.
  • Industry and sector-specific issues, including energy and environment, finance, telecommunications, and manufacturing.

This position will provide you with opportunities to develop expertise in a variety of economic and policy topics, as well as apply new skills in an up-tempo work environment. You will work alongside a creative, inter-disciplinary team of economists and policy professionals and engaged clients, breaking new ground in terms of the tactics, tools, and insights our clients use to carry out their mission.


Knowledge Management and Thought Leadership

  • Maintain a solid and expanding knowledge base around macroeconomic developments and policy issues and engage with and develop a professional network of practitioners and experts in U.S. and global economic issues.
  • Actively contribute to team and client brainstorming sessions to identify clients’ analytical and strategic needs and ways to address them.

Data Analysis and Reporting

  • Conduct economic, data, and public policy analysis. Tasks include (but are not limited to) identifying data requirements, designing analytical approaches, and applying a creative mix of qualitative and quantitative methods to address client needs.
  • Translate complex analytical results into clear and compelling insights that have a clear nexus to client interests and needs.
  • Develop and oversee the development of presentations and written reports for technical and non-technical audiences, utilizing charts, dashboards, infographics, and other forms of data visualization to communicate clearly, concisely, and comprehensively.


  • Assist with formulating project work plans with realistic timelines, budgets, and resource allocations.
  • Execute project work plans and successfully manage projects, including coordinating internal work efforts, ensuring that deadlines and objectives are met within an established budget constraint, preparing progress reports, and delivering on commitments.
  • Develop professional relationships with Keybridge clients and assist with brainstorming project ideas and other client management responsibilities.
  • Deliver or co-deliver presentations or briefings featuring Keybridge deliverables (e.g., economic outlooks, policy briefs, research projects) to senior executive clients and policymakers.
  • Provide oversight and mentoring to more junior staff, including delegating tasks, providing feedback, and instructing on analytical frameworks and methods.

You also may be assigned other duties, such as being asked to contribute to internal firm initiatives, playing a mentoring role with a more junior colleague, etc.


  • Advanced degree in economics, public policy, business, or related field with at least two years of work experience in an economic research, public policy analysis or consulting field.
  • Naturally curious personality with a drive to understand how the world works, how economic and political forces interact, and a demonstrated ability to quickly learn new topics or methods as needed.
  • Collegial “team-first” attitude, positive outlook, and a friendly disposition.
  • Passion for public policy and the application of economic tools to policy challenges.
  • Demonstrated quantitative skills, including knowledge and application of economic principles and concepts, statistics, data analytics, and econometrics. Experience with formal surveys and the collection and analysis of quantitative data is a plus.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills, including experience with effectively communicating to both technical and non-technical audiences.
  • Strong project management skills, including experience translating general requests into clear goals and objectives. Experience building work plans, budgets, and schedules is a plus.
  • Strong organizational skills and a meticulous attention to detail, with a proven track record of producing high-quality, client-ready work within established timing and budget constraints.
  • Demonstrated client management skills — including experience communicating directly with clients through formal and informal channels (e.g., video calls, emails, meetings, presentations). Experience as a project lead is a plus. Experience delivering client presentations is also a plus.
  • Ability to operate collaboratively within a team environment while also moving work forward independently as needed. Prior supervisory experience is a plus.
  • Proven ability to multitask in a professional service environment that often requires last minute adjustments to team and client priorities.


Keybridge offers compensation packages that include competitive base salaries; performance-based bonuses; a 100% employer-paid platinum-rated health insurance plan, including dental benefits and prescriptions; retirement savings accounts with 4% employer matching and immediate vesting; short- and long-term disability insurance, and paid parental leave (maternity, partner, and adoption). Other benefits include a tenure-based remote work policy and potential for alternative work hour arrangements.


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If you have a passion for creative problem solving and are interested in working on economic and policy issues in a collaborative environment, we encourage you to apply. We welcome applications from individuals with a wide range of backgrounds and experiences.

Keybridge is an equal opportunity employer. Qualified candidates will be considered regardless of race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.

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