Brian Blasé

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Brian Blasé

Graduation Year: 2003
Majors: Political Science and Mathematics
Current Job: Special Assistant to the President for Economic Policy
Location: Washington, DC

Brian Blasé currently serves as part of the Trump administration with the National Economic Council in the White House. At Penn State, Blasé studied political science and mathematics with a specialty in actuarial science. He was also a member of the Schreyer Honors College. In 2013, Blasé earned his Ph.D. in economics from George Mason University.

During his time at Penn State, Blasé participated in a variety of extracurriculars and operated in multiple positions. For about a year-and-a-half, he was an opinion columnist for the Daily Collegian. He was also an active member of the College Republicans for most of his time at Penn State.

As a member of the honors college, Blasé was active both academically and socially. For his first three years at Penn State, he lived in the Imperial House, which is the third floor of Atherton, the honors dormitory. Academically, Blasé found that the honors college provided a good foundation for research he had to perform in his later careers as well as providing him with lifelong relationships.

“I think writing my honors thesis was the first major research project I’ve ever done. I made a lot of friends in the honors college, some of my really good friends today are from the honors college. I married one of my best friend’s in the honor college’s younger sister, who was a year behind me and we had met at Penn State,” said Blasé.

In his current career as a special assistant to the President and the director of the National Economic Council, Blasé is tasked with coordinating economic policy development among the executive branch. He provides advice in health policy to the President. Blasé delivers briefings to the President in relation to health policy and was the primary author of an executive order that the President signed. The order was called “Enhancing Choice and Competition Across the U.S. Health Care System.” It called for several actions in efforts to increase affordable coverage choices. Blasé was responsible for coordinating actions that are consistent with the executive order.

“I have wanted to impact public policy, and I have reached the pinnacle of policy-making in the country by working for the White House. This executive order the president signed has all these actions, and we will be implementing all of them,” said Blasé. “They will increase choice and competition in healthcare markets, which is what I set out to do.”

Prior to working in the White House, Blasé taught math in high schools for a few years, but was determined to get into public policy, so he pursued his Ph.D. in economics. He then went on to be a health policy analyst at the Heritage Foundation in Washington, DC. This was at the time Obamacare passed into law, and Blasé was tasked with becoming an expert in all aspects of the law. Quickly, he was offered to work for the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, and he stayed there from mid-2011 to mid-2014. There, he led congressional oversights for Obamacare and other entitlement programs. He then worked on the Senate Republican Policy, where he performed research and analysis and assisted senate staff with health legislation and health programs from mid-2014 to mid-2015. After that, he went on to serve as a research fellow at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. In that role, he performed research and commentary and was involved in media coverage of their work.

Blasé keeps busy with his wife and five kids in addition to a heavy-workload. He hopes to come back and visit Penn State this fall.

To students interested in public policy, Blasé has the following advice: “They should really understand the impact of the policies they support, because intentions are fine, but policies often work out in ways different than drawn-up on the white board. Pursue your passion.”

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