Jennifer Rabb named director of Baker Institute’s McNair Center for Entrepreneurship and Economic Growth

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Jennifer Rabb named director of Baker Institute’s McNair Center for Entrepreneurship and Economic Growth

HOUSTON – (Sept. 17, 2018) – Jennifer Rabb, former tax policy adviser in the Office of the Lieutenant Governor of Texas, has been named director and fellow of the McNair Center for Entrepreneurship and Economic Growth at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, the institute announced today.

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Rabb succeeds Edward J. Egan, who served as the center’s first director.

In the lieutenant governor’s office from November 2016 until last month, Rabb focused on tax reduction and economic growth. She also served as the committee clerk for the Texas House of Representatives Committee on Ways and Means. Prior to her service in state government, Rabb, an attorney, represented entrepreneurs and businesses of all sizes facing structuring, funding and compliance issues.

Founded in 2015 with a gift from The Robert and Janice McNair Foundation, the McNair Center for Entrepreneurship and Economic Growth has two pillars to its mandate: research and engagement. The center enables, analyzes and produces academic research on the role of entrepreneurship and free enterprise in the U.S. economy. It then translates this research into timely policy assessments and recommendations, and engages with decision-makers from the public and private sectors to enable growth and prosperity.

The center’s research is data-driven, nonpartisan and policy-relevant. Its director and scholars investigate topics including entrepreneurship ecosystems, small business taxation and regulation, workforce availability and access to capital for entrepreneurs. This research results in academic papers as well as issue briefs, policy reports and white papers.

Rabb holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas at Austin, a law degree from the University of Texas School of Law and a Master of Laws degree in taxation from Southern Methodist University’s Dedman School of Law.

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For more information or to schedule an interview with Rabb, contact Jeff Falk, associate director of national media relations at Rice, at jfalk@rice.edu or 713-348-6775.

Related materials:

Baker Institute McNair Center for Entrepreneurship and Economic Growth: https://www.bakerinstitute.org/mcnair-center

Rabb bio: https://www.bakerinstitute.org/experts/jennifer-rabb/

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Founded in 1993, Rice University’s Baker Institute ranks among the top three university-affiliated think tanks in the world. As a premier nonpartisan think tank, the institute conducts research on domestic and foreign policy issues with the goal of bridging the gap between the theory and practice of public policy. The institute’s strong track record of achievement reflects the work of its endowed fellows, Rice University faculty scholars and staff, coupled with its outreach to the Rice student body through fellow-taught classes — including a public policy course — and student leadership and internship programs. Learn more about the institute at www.bakerinstitute.org or on the institute’s blog, http://blogs.chron.com/bakerblog.

About Jeff Falk

Jeff Falk is associate director of national media relations in Rice University's Office of Public Affairs.