From CFO’s office to think tank, economist Yesim Sayin Taylor follows unexpected but invigorating path
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From CFO’s office to think tank, economist Yesim Sayin Taylor follows unexpected but invigorating path

After nearly a decade in the DC Office of the Chief Financial Officer, Yesim Sayin Taylor left to launch the D.C. Policy Center, which marked its second anniversary last week. (Photo by Elliott O’Donovan Photography) Yesim Sayin Taylor never thought she’d work in DC government. Admittedly, she didn’t know much about it. “I just thought it was this crazy, dysfunctional place,” she said. An economist, Taylor came to the United States — and the Washington area — in 1996 when she enrolled in a doctoral program at George Mason University. She worked at Smarthinking (now part of Pearson Education), an internet startup in the area that specialized in online tutoring services. After receiving her doctorate in economics, she took a government job at the advice of a GMU professor who advised her not to “pigeonhole” herself by working at a think tank. But now, Taylor — who spent a decade in DC’s Office of the Chief Financial Officer as a fiscal analyst — is the executive director of the D.C. Policy Center , which she helped launch in 2017 as a nonpartisan think tank focusing on policies to bolster DC’s economy. There, not only does her work concern the […]

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