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Meet PayScale's board of advisors who provide input on how PayScale's large database of compensation and employment information can be used to help answer questions surrounding labor, the economy, workplace management and the value of a college education.
Katie Bardaro
Katie Bardaro (Board Chair)

Katie Bardaro is the lead economist and director of analytics for PayScale. Katie has provided analysis on compensation data and trends for print/online and broadcast media including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Bloomberg Businessweek, U.S. News & World Report, The Economist, CNBC, CNN Money, USA Today, Forbes, CBS Radio, Business Insider, and Geekwire, among others.

Katie's publishing credits include: "Differences in the College Enrollment Decision Across Race," (The American Economist) and "The Changing Relation Between the Canadian and U.S. Yield Curves," (Journal of International Money and Finance). Additionally, she received numerous awards as an economics lecturer at University of Washington. Katie holds a bachelor's in economics from the College of the Holy Cross and a master's in economics from University of Washington.
Roberto Fernandez
Roberto Fernandez
MIT Sloan School of Management

Roberto M. Fernandez is the William F. Pounds Professor in Management and a professor of organization studies at the MIT Sloan School of Management. Fernandez currently serves as the co-director of the economic sociology Ph.D. program and served as the head of the behavioral and policy sciences area from 2008-2010. His research focuses on the areas of organizations, social networks, and race and gender stratification. His current research focuses on the organizational processes surrounding the hiring of new talent using data collected in 14 organizations. He is the author of more than 50 articles and research papers published in top academic journals in his field. Fernandez holds a bachelor's in sociology from Harvard University and a master's and doctorate in sociology from the University of Chicago.
Zachary First
Zachary First
Drucker Institute

Zachary First is the managing director of the Drucker Institute. He joined the Drucker Institute after a 10-year career in higher education research and administration. Zach received his bachelor's in philosophy from Haverford College, and his masters and doctorate degrees in higher education from Harvard University. His doctoral dissertation research focused on the connection between presidential tactics and college and university performance. He is the co-author, with Richard P. Chait, of "Bullish on Private Colleges," published by Harvard Magazine in 2011. He is a fellow of the National Forum on the Future of Liberal Education; and a trustee and vice president of the board of the Children's Center at Caltech, one of America's leading nonprofit providers of innovative early childhood and preschool education.
Kevin Hassett
Kevin A. Hassett
American Enterprise Institute (AEI)

Kevin A. Hassett is the John G. Searle senior fellow at AEI. He is also a resident scholar and AEI's director of economic policy studies. Before joining AEI, Hassett was a senior economist at the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System and an associate professor of economics and finance at Columbia (University) Business School. He served as a policy consultant to the U.S. Department of the Treasury during the George H. W. Bush and Bill Clinton administrations. Hassett has also been an economic adviser to presidential candidates since 2000, when he became the chief economic adviser to Senator John McCain during that year's presidential primaries. He served as an economic adviser to the George W. Bush 2004 presidential campaign, a senior economic adviser to the McCain 2008 presidential campaign, and an economic adviser to the Mitt Romney 2012 presidential campaign. Hassett is the author or editor of many books, among them "Rethinking Competitiveness" (2012), "Toward Fundamental Tax Reform" (2005), "Bubbleology: The New Science of Stock Market Winners and Losers" (2002), and "Inequality and Tax Policy" (2001). Hassett has a doctorate in economics from the University of Pennsylvania and a bachelor's in economics from Swarthmore College.
Mark Schneider
Mark Schneider
American Institutes for Research (AIR)

Mark Schneider is a vice president and an institute fellow at AIR. Prior to joining AIR, Dr. Schneider served as commissioner of the National Center for Education Statistics from 2005-2008. He is the author of numerous articles and books on education policy. His most recent book, "Getting to Graduation," edited with Andrew Kelly, was published in 2012 by Johns Hopkins University Press. "Higher Education Accountability," edited with Kevin Carey, was published by Palgrave in December of 2010. "Charter Schools: Hope or Hype?," written with Jack Buckley, was published by Princeton University Press in 2007. His 2000 book, "Choosing Schools," also published by Princeton University Press, won the Policy Study Organization's Aaron Wildavsky Best Book Award. Dr. Schneider is also a visiting scholar at the American Enterprise Institute and Distinguished Professor Emeritus of political science at the State University of New York, Stony Brook. Dr. Schneider has been working on increasing accountability by making data on college productivity more publicly available. To that end, he is one of the creators of www.collegemeasures.org, where he serves as president.
Carl Van Horn
Carl Van Horn
Heldrich Center for Workforce Development

Carl Van Horn is a widely recognized expert on workforce, human resources, and employment policy issues with extensive experience in public- and private-sector policymaking. Van Horn is the founding director of the Heldrich Center for Workforce Development—one of the nation's leading academic centers on workforce policy and practice. Van Horn is a professor of public policy at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy. He is the elected chair of the Bloustein School Faculty Council. On the Rutgers faculty since 1978, he is a member of the university's graduate faculties of planning and public policy, management and labor relations, education, and political science. He has written more than 90 articles and 14 books including "No One Left Behind: Economic Change and the American Worker" and "A Nation at Work: The Heldrich Guide to the American Workforce." Van Horn has also held several senior-level policymaking positions in government and universities. He has been director of policy for the state of New Jersey, senior economist at the Joint Economic Committee of the U.S. Congress, chair of the Public Policy Department at Rutgers, founder and CEO of the Business-Higher Education Forum of New Jersey. Past board memberships include the New Jersey Commission on Science and Technology, New Jersey Transit, the Amtrak Reform Commission of the U.S. House of Representatives, and the Special Arbitration Committee on Labor Protection for Amtrak Employees. He was appointed by President Clinton to a Presidential Emergency Board to mediate a new contract between labor and management in the railroad industry. He has served as neutral trustee for the United Mine Workers combined health funds since 1998.

Members of the PayScale Board of Advisors collaborate on the analysis of salary, labor, and economic employment data, collected by PayScale, as well as periodic communications of the findings. Participation on the PayScale Salary Board of Advisors is not an endorsement of PayScale's products by the advisors or by their employer.