Dr. Arnold Packer moved to La Jolla last summer from Baltimore after retiring from the Johns Hopkins University. Previously he was Executive Director of the Secretary’s (of Labor’s) Commission on Achieving Necessary Skills (SCANS) which identified soft skills as essential for career success.
He served as Assistant Secretary for Policy, Evaluation, and Research at the U.S. Department of Labor in the Carter administration and was first the Chief Economist at the Senate Budget Committee when the committee was created in 1974.
While at the Hudson Institute he co-authored Workforce 2000. This book began a national debate about investing in human resources to meet economic growth targets. In the private sector, Dr. Packer worked as an engineer with GE, Aerojet General, and with a mechanical engineering consulting firm on major commercial buildings.
Dr. Packer has a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering, a Master’s in Business, and a PhD in Economics.
July 21, 2016