Stephen Parente, Ph.D., M.P.H., M.S., is currently Senior Economist, Executive Office of the President, Council of Economic Advisers.  As a Professor in the Finance Department at the University of Minnesota, he specializes in health economics, information technology, and health insurance. Dr. Parente has been the principal investigator of federal government and foundation funded studies on consumer directed health plans since 2002. In Washington DC, he served as Chair of the Health Care Cost Institute and a member of the CBO board of health advisers. Dr. Parente was a health policy adviser for the McCain 2008 Presidential Campaign and served as Legislative Fellow in the office of Senator John D. Rockefeller IV (D WV) in 1992/93. He has a doctorate from Johns Hopkins University.