Nexight Group is happy to welcome Harin Contractor to the team as our new Program Manager and subject matter expert. Harin was the former Economic Policy Advisor to the U.S. Secretary of Labor. We sat down with Harin to ask him a few questions about himself, his views, and his new role at Nexight.
Q: Tell us a little about yourself.
A: I am a trained economist and a self-described data nerd. I love solving problems and working on projects that are impactful. My experienced is grounded in data-driven decision making. From my time as the Economic Policy Advisor to U.S. Labor Secretary Tom Perez to when I helped form a data analytics team for a $10-billion non-profit, I have always felt that communicating data in an accessible way is key to creating impact.
I also have extensive research and writing experience both from my time at the Department of Labor and my stint at the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies—a think tank where I served as the Director for Workforce Policy. My proudest moment in public service was leading the coordination and data analysis for the project team on the Obama administration’s effort to raise the minimum wage for federal contractors. Seeing the President sign the executive order giving hard-working Americans a raise before Christmas 2013 was a rewarding experience.
When I’m not writing, doing researching, or crunching numbers, I enjoy spending time with my young family.
Q: Why did you decide to join Nexight Group?
A: I was impressed by the level of talent and the capabilities of the team here at Nexight. The people are incredibly smart and driven, but most of all, personable. Nexight was an easy choice for me; a workgroup with talent and innovative thinking is a recipe for success.
Q: Why did you decide to study in the field of economics?
A: Since I was young, I have always been interested in numbers. I started out as an accounting major in undergraduate studies; however, I found the world of economics fascinating and full of potential. I am grateful that the foundational skills I learned in this field—particularly in graduate school—allow me to seamlessly transition to Nexight from my position as an expert in labor market data, workforce development, and broadband policy.
Q: What are you most looking forward to about your new role at Nexight?
A: I am excited to work with a variety of mission-driven clients, and I also hope to add value to the various products we develop. Most of all, I am excited about working with and learning from my new teammates.