Dr. Beethika Khan is the Associate Commissioner for Economics and Analysis. She provides executive leadership for economic, public health, and strategic analysis and evaluation to inform FDA’s policy and regulatory decisions. She leads the Office of Economics and Analysis in developing economic impact analyses for FDA’s regulations; evaluating and analyzing other high-profile initiatives, policies, and emerging issues; and managing FDA’s engagements with the Government Accountability Office and the Office of Inspector General. She advises FDA’s senior officials and collaborates with key external stakeholders on the economic implications of Agency regulatory activities.
Prior to joining the FDA in 2020, Dr. Khan was a program director at the National Science Foundation’s (NSF’s) National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics. She led the development of NSF’s congressionally mandated Science and Engineering Indicators (S&E Indicators) report on the health of U.S. science, technology, and innovation enterprise in an international context. In this role, Dr. Khan also led a complete redesign of S&E Indicators to meet a variety of stakeholder needs for timely, policy-relevant, and accessible data and analyses. She engaged in extensive outreach with stakeholders at the National Science Board, the White House, Congress, academic community, media, and various nongovernmental organizations.
Dr. Khan is a graduate of NSF’s competitive Executive Leadership Development Program and, as part of this, she completed a detail as a Senior Advisor to the Provost at Georgetown University. Her earlier career includes serving as a supervisory economist and a senior economist at the U.S. Department of Commerce where she led and conducted research on STEM education and workforce, earnings inequality, innovation, and the digital divide. She also worked as an assistant economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.
Dr. Khan received her Ph.D. in economics from the University of California, Berkeley, and a Bachelor of Science degree, also in economics, from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.