Today, Lyft announced that Ford School economics professor Betsey Stevenson has joined Lyft’s Board of Directors, effective November 16, 2023. She will also serve as a member of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee.
“Betsey is a renowned economist who deeply understands how app-based work provides resilience to the labor market and enriches millions of lives,” said Lyft CEO David Risher. “Her research and extensive public-sector experience in the White House and at the Department of Labor will help us strengthen the driver experience. We have a great opportunity ahead, and I’m thrilled to welcome Betsey’s perspective to our Board as we focus obsessively on improving the lives of drivers and riders.”
“I’m excited to join such a diverse and talented Board advising Lyft in its focus on ensuring the best possible experience for both drivers and riders,” said Stevenson. “I’m particularly excited to support initiatives that give more people access to earning opportunities, like Women+ Connect. Both public policy and private innovation will shape the future of the labor market, and I look forward to helping the team navigate these dynamics.”
Stevenson is a professor of public policy and economics at the University of Michigan and a widely published labor economist. She previously served as a member of the Council of Economic Advisers for the White House where she advised President Obama on social policy, labor market, and trade issues. Prior to the White House, she served as the chief economist of the U.S. Department of Labor. She has held previous positions at Princeton University and at the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School.
Dr. Stevenson’s research explores the evolution of the labor market, the economic forces shaping the modern family, and how they influence each other. She is a columnist for Bloomberg View, and her analysis of economic data and the economy are frequently covered in the media.
She regularly uses Lyft to get around Ann Arbor, and she always relies on Lyft to get her to the airport on time.
This article is based on a news release from Lyft.