Janet Currie is a Professor of Economics and Chair of the Department of Economics at Columbia University. She has served on several National Academy of Sciences panels including the Committee on Population, and currently serves on the Executive Committee of the American Economics Association. She is a Fellow of the Society of Labor Economists, a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research, an affiliate of the University of Michigan’s National Poverty Center, and an affiliate of IZA in Bonn. She is on the advisory board of the National Children’s Study and on the editorial board of the Quarterly Journal of Economics. She has served several other journals in an editorial capacity including the Journal of Health Economics, the Journal of Labor Economics, and the Journal of Public Economics. For the past decade, her research has focused on evaluating programs aimed at poor children and families. She has written about early intervention programs, programs to expand health insurance and improve health care, public housing, and food and nutrition programs. Much of this research is summarized in “The Invisible Safety Net: Protecting the Nation’s Poor Children and Families”, Princeton University Press, May 2006.