Elizabeth Schaefer

Director of the Investment Research Team



Elizabeth Schaefer

Elizabeth Schaefer is the Director of the Investment Research Team at SelectUSA. Ms. Schaefer leads data, evaluation, and analytical work relating to foreign direct investment promotion in the United States.   

Prior to joining SelectUSA, Elizabeth served as an international macroeconomic expert with the ITA’s Office of Trade and Economic Analysis, providing decision makers with economically grounded, data-driven recommendations applicable to current trade and investment policy. In her research role she co-authored the ITA public brief Jobs Attributable to Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in the United States and Jobs Supported by Export Destination, 2013.  Both briefs estimate the indirect employment associated with FDI and exporting.
She began her career at ITA as a Timothy J. Hauser Presidential Management Fellow and her previous federal work experience includes serving as an economist with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. Before joining the federal service, Elizabeth consulted for the Air Force Office of the Surgeon General’s Chief Information Office. 

Elizabeth has an M.A. in Applied Economics from Johns Hopkins University and a B.A. in Economics from the University of Maryland.