Gwendolyn Flowers has accumulated more than 30 years of progressive experience in economics in government, academia, and the private sector. Dr. Flowers received her undergraduate degree in economics from Howard University in 1974, a Masters degree in agricultural economics from Oklahoma State University in 1980, and a Ph.D. in economics from Iowa State in 1983.
While at Iowa State, Flowers taught as an adjunct professor and subsequently at Drake University as assistant professor, while completing her dissertation. She joined Howard University faculty as a lecturer in 1985, and has taught intermittently in the Department of Economics.
She was appointed Chief Economist for the U.S. Department of Commerce as a senior executive under the Clinton administration, served as Senior Adviser on Economic Statistics with the Congressional Budget Office, Special Adviser to the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Associate Deputy Administrator for Government Contracts and Minority Enterprise Development. She has also served as Program Manager and Economist supporting the Chairman of the D.C. Financial Responsibility and Management Assistance Authority, and Senior Economist with the Federal Communications Commission implementing deregulation policies for the cable industry.
Dr. Flowers joined the Federal Aviation Administration in 2002, as a senior member of the Strategic Planning Group. In this position, she is responsible for leading major planning projects to develop the long-term strategic plans to align resources to achieve the FAA’s Next Generation Air Transportation System. She has worked in the private sector as a consultant for federal contracting companies and as a member of the technical staff and team lead with The MITRE Corporation.
Flowers served as President and Board Member of the National Economics Association, Advisory Board Member of the North American Economic and Finance Association, and speaker for NAEFO and other organizations.