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2. Austan Goolsbee
Austan Goolsbee
Job title: Member of Council of Economic Advisers, White House

The young University of Chicago professor was President Obama's lead economic adviser during the campaign.

Now the free-trade centrist is chief economist on Obama's Economic Recovery Advisory Board, which is shaping policies amid the economic crises.

Most recently Goolsbee has been a part of the White House Auto Task Force. He opposed the Chrysler bailout, but helped get Chrysler and General Motors through bankruptcy in a matter of weeks.

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Last updated October 22 2009: 7:54 AM ET
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