Susan R. Holmberg is a Ph.D. economist and Senior Researcher and Editor on the Independent Business team. Sue co-authored, with ILSR co-director Stacy Mitchell, the ground-breaking essay “Why the Left Should Ally With Small Business” — about how progressives could build an alliance of labor and small businesses to win the fight against corporate power, and how this could transform the political map and develop much stronger support in rural states.
Alongside her Independent Business team, Holmberg also authored the report Rebuilding Small Business for a Robust Recovery, a federal policy agenda for the Biden administration.
Sue manages our research and publications that highlight the impacts of monopoly power throughout the economy; spotlight the ways small businesses democratize economic power and enhance economic performance; and profile the federal, state, and local policies that level the playing field for small businesses. She also researches and writes extensively on these issues.
Holmberg was the lead editor on the ILSR-wide resource Fighting Monopoly Power. The guide offers an in-depth look at several crucial sectors — agriculture, retail, energy, waste, etc. — describing exactly how corporate control has risen and manifested in these industries and its consequences for economic justice, racial equity, climate, and communities.
Prior to ILSR, Holmberg was Research Director and a fellow at the Roosevelt Institute, where she helped push a bold progressive economic framework and agenda, co-authoring The Hidden Rules of Race: Barriers to an Inclusive Economy and, with Nobel economist Joseph Stiglitz, the Rewriting the Rules of the American Economy.
Holmberg has been published in The New York Times, The Atlantic, The Nation, Time, Grist, and Democracy Journal.
She also holds a Ph.D. in economics from UMass, Amherst, the center for heterodox economic thought and teaching.