He added that the appointees have “broad viewpoints on how to build a stronger and more inclusive middle class.”
Ramamurti is managing director of the corporate power program at the progressive Roosevelt Institute, which focuses on shifting power away from large companies, and he will be joined at the White House by a former CEO of the think tank, Joelle Gamble, who has been named special assistant to the president for economic policy.
These appointees could help act as a counterweight to the perception of Deese, who has faced skepticism from the left over his work on climate change issues for Wall Street giant BlackRock. None of the positions require Senate confirmation.
Kamin, a law professor at New York University, served as a special assistant in the Obama administration and a senior adviser at the Office of Management and Budget. He previously worked at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities and the Committee for Economic Development, and his work has explored policy options for taxing the wealthiest Americans.
Ramamurti gained more of a public profile this year as a member of the Congressional Oversight Commission, which has been tasked with overseeing a $500 billion fund run by the Treasury Department and the Federal Reserve, meant to shore up business and local governments devastated by the coronavirus pandemic. He used that position to push for more aid to small businesses, as well as states and cities.