Tim Higashi is a development officer in the Economic Studies program, having spent four years as a senior research analyst in the program. He has worked on a variety of federal budgeting, economic, and public finance issues and engaged extensively with Congressional staff and committees, which he continues in his role with Central Communications at Brookings. Higashi co-leads the National Budget Roundtable, a group of leading budget scholars focused on improving public budgeting and governance, in his role with Governance Studies. He is also the host of an Instagram Live policy show, The Brookings Debrief, which covers a range of issues and ramps up engagement among younger and more diverse audiences. Prior to joining Brookings, Higashi worked at the Department of Health and Human Services, Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development out of the Brussels, Belgium office, and Nathan Associates Economic Consultancy.