Jon Lieber is chief economist for Thumbtack, a San Francisco-based startup that connects individuals with small business service providers. He studies trends in the labor market, entrepreneurship, and the small business economy. In addition to his other duties, Jon produces a monthly Economic Sentiment Index based on survey responses from nearly 20,000 small service businesses and oversees Thumbtack’s annual Small Business Friendliness Survey. Prior to joining Thumbtack, Jon was Economic Policy Advisor to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell from June of 2010 to February of 2014. His previous experience in government includes serving as Budget Analyst and Chief Economist to the Senate Republican Policy Committee, Associate Director of the National Economic Council at the White House, and as an Economist at the House Committee on Ways and Means. Jon serves as a board member for the Center for American Entrepreneurship, a research organization dedicated to improving the environment for start-ups and entrepreneurs. A native Californian, Jon began his career studying monetary policy at the American Enterprise Institute after earning a master’s degree in economics and a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Tufts University.