Please join us for lunch!

For our meeting Monday, October 3rd 2022, we welcome
Rebecca Gunnlaugsson, Ph.D. Chief Information Officer at the South Carolina Department of Commerce.

Dawn Darby

Dr. Gunnlaugsson is an economist specializing in statistical analysis and econometric modeling of public finance and taxation policy issues. She began her career with Accenture where she was involved in firm-wide business and technology implementations. She went on to serve as Director of Research and subsequently Chief Economist at the South Carolina Department of Commerce, followed by her role as President of Acuitas Economics. In May, she returned to the Department of Commerce to serve as Chief Information and Data Analytics Officer.

She has done extensive research on public finance, taxation and optimization for long term economic growth, having testified before the 2009 Senate Finance Committee on Unemployment Insurance, the 2010 South Carolina Tax Realignment Commission (TRAC), the 2017 South Carolina House Tax Policy Review Committee, the 2018 Senate Subcommittee for Tax Review and Reform and the 2020 Senate Education Funding Reform Study Committee. Most recently, she has worked with the City of Columbia’s Tax Modernization Committee.

Dr. Gunnlaugsson received her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and her Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Michigan.