John E. Silvia, Ph. D. is a managing director and the chief economist for Wells Fargo. Based in Charlotte, N.C., he has held his position since he joined Wachovia in 2002 as the company's chief economist. Prior to his current position, Silvia worked on Capitol Hill as senior economist for the U.S. Senate Joint Economic Committee and chief economist for the U.S. Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee. Before that, he was chief economist of Kemper Funds and managing director of Scudder Kemper Investments, Inc. In 2009, Silvia was named one of the Top 10 forecasters for the last four years by Bloomberg News and the No. 2 forecaster by USA Today for 2008.