About Us

We understand markets and economic policies. . .

 Rob ShapiroSonecon was founded as an economic advisory firm in 2001 by Robert Shapiro, a former senior government official and economic advisor with deep experience in Washington and around the world. Since then, the firm has earned the trust and respect of decision-makers in the White House, cabinet departments and on Capitol Hill; senior government officials in foreign capitals, top executives of major companies and leading nonprofits across the U.S. and the world; as well as the U.S. and foreign media. Sonecon findings and advice are prepared by internationally respected experts on a custom basis for each client, with methodologies that produce unassailable results.

We understand security-related matters. . .

Paul Stockton

When Paul N. Stockton joined the firm as Managing Director in January 2013, Sonecon expanded its portfolio of expertise and services to cover domestic and international security issues. Leveraging Dr. Stockton’s experience as Assistant Secretary of Defense and his expertise in risk management and continuity of operations, Sonecon helps the owners and operators of public utilities and other critical infrastructure build resilience against severe hazards, including advanced cyber threats, coordinated physical attacks, and catastrophic storms. Sonecon also provides customized analysis to help government and private sector leaders defend against insider threats, and meet broader foreign policy and security challenges in Latin America and beyond.

We understand how public policy can affect your organization…

With unmatched expertise and experience in both the economic and security arenas, Sonecon helps clients achieve their objectives by leading them through the challenging intersections of the economy, domestic and national security, and politics. Border security is one of many examples of how Sonecon is uniquely positioned to help address complex challenges: Combining Rob Shapiro’s expertise in international commerce and Paul Stockton’s experience in securing U.S. borders and ports, Sonecon can help clients anticipate how evolving border security policies will create new business costs and opportunities.

Our Experts

Dr. Elaine Kamarck
Lecturer in Public Policy at the
John F. Kennedy School of Government
at Harvard University.
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Dr. Kevin A. Hassett
Director of Economic Studies at the
American Enterprise Institute
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Dr. Nam Pham
President of The NDP Group, LLC.
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Dr. Elaine Kamarck
Lecturer in Public Policy at the John F. Kennedy School
of Government at Harvard University.

In the 1980s, she was one of the founders of the New Democrat movement that helped elect Bill Clinton president. She served in the White House from 1993 to 1997, where she created and managed the Clinton Administration's National Performance Review, also known as reinventing government. At the Kennedy School she served as Director of Visions of Governance for the Twenty-First Century and as Faculty Advisor to the Innovations in American Government Awards Program. She conducts research on 21st century government, the role of the Internet in political campaigns, homeland defense, intelligence reorganization, and governmental reform and innovation. Kamarck received her PhD in political science from the University of California, Berkeley.

Dr. Kevin A. Hassett
Director of Economic Studies at the
American Enterprise Institute

Dr.Hassett focuses on macroeconomics, public finance and tax policy. He is the author or co-author of six books and numerous articles. Dr. Hassett was chief economic adviser to Senator John McCain in his 2000 presidential campaign. Previously, he was Senior Economist at the Federal Reserve Board and Associate Professor of economics at the Columbia University Graduate School of Business. Dr. Hassett holds a Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania and a B.A. from Swarthmore College.

Dr. Nam Pham
President of The NDP Group, LLC

The NDP Group, LLC, a consulting firm in Washington, D.C. His recent work has focused on industry benchmarking and financial institutions. He is an Adjunct Professor of Economics at both the graduate school of George Washington University and the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. Previously, he was Vice President at Scudder-Kemper in Boston, MA, chief economist for Asia for Standard & Poor's DRI, and economist the World Bank. He holds a Ph.D. from George Washington University and a B.S. from the University of Maryland.

Ambassador Nancy Soderberg
Author, public commentator, and Visiting Distinguished Scholar at the University of North Florida.
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Dr. Aparna Mathur
Research Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute.
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Dr. Brian Becker
President and CEO of Precision Economics, LLC, a consulting firm in Washington D.C.
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Ambassador Nancy Soderberg
Author, public commentator, and Visiting Distinguished Scholar at the University of North Florida.

From 2001-2005, she served as Vice President for Multilateral Affairs of the International Crisis Group in New York, a non-profit conflict prevention organization. She served in the White House as the third-ranked official on the National Security Council (1993-1996) and as Alternate Representative to the United Nations (1997-2001), with the rank of Ambassador. Prior to joining the Administration, she served as Senior Foreign Policy Advisor to Senator Edward M. Kennedy. She has been active in national politics over the last twenty years, serving in a variety of positions on the campaigns of the Democratic nominee for President. She has taught as an adjunct professor at Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs. She publishes regularly in leading newspapers and journals on national security policy.

Dr. Aparna Mathur
Research Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute

Aparna Mathur's focus is on health care and health policy issues as well as tax policy.  Dr. Mathur is also a noted scholar in international finance and econometrics.  She has been a consultant to the World Bank, a researcher at the Tata Energy Research Institute, and an instructor in economics at the University of Maryland.  Dr. Mathur holds a Ph.D. and M.A. from the University of Maryland, as well as degrees from Hindu College and the Delhi School of Economics of Delhi University.

Dr. Brian Becker
President and CEO of Precision Economics, LLC, a consulting firm in Washington D.C.

Dr. Brian Becker's recent work has focused on technical analysis concerning corporate valuation, equity markets and intellectual property. He is the author of numerous articles and has testified before congressional bodies on a wide range of issues. He holds an M.A. and Ph.D. from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a B.A.from Johns Hopkins University.

Dr. Paula Stern
Chairwoman of The Stern Group, Inc. an economic analysis and trade advisory firm in Washington, D.C.
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Dr. Frank Mora
Director of the Latin America and Caribbean Center (LACC) and Professor of Politics and International Relations at Florida International University, Miami FL.
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Doug Dowson
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Dr. Paula Stern
Chairwoman of The Stern Group, Inc. an economic analysis and trade advisory firm in Washington, D.C.

Dr. Stern currently serves on the boards of directors of Avaya, Inc., Avon Products, Inc., Hasbro, Inc. and The Neiman Marcus Group, Inc. From 1978-1987, she was commissioner of the International Trade Commission, serving as its chair from 1984-1986. In that capacity, Dr. Stern analyzed and voted on over 1,000 trade cases involving a broad range of industries and issues. She is also a former member of the President's Advisory Committee on Trade Policy and Negotiations (ACTPN) (1993-2003), the former Co-Chairperson of the International Competition Policy Advisory Committee (ICPAC) for the Attorney General and the U.S. Department of Justice Antitrust Division (1997 - 2000), and a former Chairwoman of the Advisory Committee of the U.S. Export-Import Bank. Dr. Stern holds a B.A. from Goucher College, a M.A. in Regional Studies from Harvard, and a Ph.D. in International Affairs from Tufts University's Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.

Dr. Frank Mora
Director of the Latin America and Caribbean Center (LACC) and Professor of Politics and International Relations at Florida International University, Miami FL

Dr. Frank MoraDr. Mora served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Western Hemisphere Affairs. He has taught or lectured at the National Defense University, Western Hemisphere Institute for Security and Cooperation (WHINSEC), the Universidad Catolica of Peru, the U.S. Air Force Academy, Inter-American Defense College, the University of Miami, and the Instituto de Altos Estudios Estrategicos (Paraguay). His research and/or teaching interests include strategy, global security, and Latin American politics. Dr. Mora has worked as a consultant to the Library of Congress, Department of the Army, the Central Intelligence Agency, the Institute for National Security Studies, the National Democratic Institute, U.S. State Department, and the Organization of American States. Dr. Mora is the author or editor of five books and numerous academic and policy articles and monographs on hemispheric security, U.S.-Latin American relations, civil-military relations, and Latin American foreign policy and economic integration. He has a B.A. in International Affairs from George Washington University, an M.A. in Inter-American Studies and a Ph.D. in International Affairs from the University of Miami. He also completed studies at universities in Peru and Costa Rica.

Doug Dowson

Doug Dowson is a senior economic analyst at Sonecon, LLC. Prior to joining Sonecon, Doug worked as a research assistant at the Peterson Institute for International Economics where his research focused on macroeconomic and international financial issues including global imbalances, exchange rate policy, and international trade and investment. Doug holds a B.A. in Economics and Political Science from U.C. Berkeley and a M.I.A. in International Economic Policy from Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs. While at Columbia, Doug served as a Rosenthal Fellow in the U.S. Treasury's Office of International Affairs and participated in the European Union Visitors Program in Brussels.

Sonecon assembles a distinguished team of experts for each client and engagement to ensure specialized attention and analytic insight. 

Sonecon's experts have advised leaders and officials in government, industry and institutions.

A partial list of decision makers Sonecon's principals have advised:

  • UK Prime Minister Tony Blair
  • President Bill Clinton
  • Vice President Albert Gore
  • Treasury Secretary
    Timothy Geithner
  • Treasury Secretary
    Robert Rubin
  • Secretary of Defense
    Chuck Hagel
  • UK Foreign Secretary
    David Miliband
  • CEA Chair Jason Furman
  • CEA Chair Austin Goolsbee
  • Senator Hillary Clinton
  • Senator Barack Obama
  • Senator John Kerry