Meet Jed Kolko, Budget Center Board Member


Our vision is of a California where everyone has the opportunity to participate fully in the state’s economic, social, and political life. This will require our state to make smart policy choices and the right kinds of public investments. In working to accomplish this, our team is backed by a diverse and accomplished board of directors, ranging from coalition leaders to the state’s top economists and researchers. The California Budget & Policy Center’s board members bring decades of experience, expertise, and results. In this blog series, we will introduce each of our board members and give you some insight into the leadership that supports and helps guide the Budget Center.


Jed Kolko

Jed Kolko joined the California Budget & Policy Center’s board of directors in 2015. He is Chief Economist at Indeed, where he leads the company’s research division, the Hiring Lab. Prior to Indeed, Jed was an independent economist, with research focusing on housing, employment, technology, and local economic development, and senior fellow for the Terner Center for Housing Innovation. He also has served as chief economist and vice president of analytics at Trulia. In this role, he led Trulia’s housing and economics research and was the company’s spokesperson about the housing market. Previously, he was associate director and research fellow at the Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC), where he led research projects and advised policymakers and business leaders on economic, housing, and technology policies. Prior to PPIC, he directed Forrester’s consumer market research program, advising corporate executives on technology adoption and demand. Jed has also held positions at the Office of Federal Housing Enterprise Oversight (now FHFA), the World Bank, and the Progressive Policy Institute. Jed earned his bachelor’s degree in social studies and his Ph.D. in economics from Harvard University.

Why were you interested in joining the board of the Budget Center?
To support the mission of focusing attention on lower- and middle-income Californians through high-quality, data-driven research.

If you could make one policy change in California, what would it be?
Build more housing in the most expensive areas of the state.

What’s your favorite thing about living in California?
Openness to experimentation, and embrace of diversity and difference.

If you could have coffee with anyone (dead/alive), who would it be?
My grandparents.

Where is your favorite place to go in California?
San Francisco’s Ocean Beach on a foggy morning.

Meet the Budget Center’s board of directors.