Alexander Ruder is a principal adviser in community and economic development at the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, specializing in workforce development. He is also an affiliate of the Atlanta Fed’s Center for Workforce and Economic Opportunity. Before joining the Atlanta Fed, Ruder was an assistant professor (tenure track) in public policy and a Center for Innovation in Higher Education economics of education fellow at the University of South Carolina. He has also held positions as a research project manager at the John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development at Rutgers University and as the Illinois workNet business services coordinator at the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity. Ruder’s scholarly work has appeared in publications such as Economics of Education Review, Journal of Public Policy, the Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, and Upjohn Press. He currently serves as a member of the Fulton County Workforce Investment Board (WorkSource Fulton) and the Louisiana Asset Funders Network steering committee. He holds a PhD from Princeton University, an MPP from the Harris School at the University of Chicago, and a BA from the University of Florida.