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Christopher Thornberg Ph.D. is Director of the UC Riverside School of Business Center for Economic Forecasting and Development and an Adjunct Professor at the School. He founded Beacon Economics LLC in 2006. Under his leadership the firm has become one of the most respected research organizations in California serving public and private sector clients across the United States.
An expert in economic and revenue forecasting, regional economics, economic policy, and labor and real estate markets, Dr. Thornberg has consulted for private industry, cities, counties, and public agencies in Los Angeles, San Francisco and the Bay Area, San Diego, the Inland Empire, New York, Seattle, Orange County, Sacramento, Arizona, Nevada, and other geographies across the nation. He has also worked on Wall Street, advising hedge fund manager Paulson & Co. about macroeconomic issues.
Recent notable projects include housing and rent control studies for the California Apartment Association; research supporting the strategic allocation of American Rescue Plan Act funds for the County of San Joaquin; an analysis and forecast of the socioeconomic factors that affect traffic growth and demand along a major interstate in Southern California; research on affordable housing in Los Angeles for a major law firm; quarterly regional economic outlooks for the East Bay Economic Development Alliance; a recession recovery plan for the City and County of San Francisco; an annual economic assessment of LA’s city council districts for the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce; an economic and revenue forecast for the City of San Luis Obispo; an analysis of the local technology industry for the Santa Cruz County Workforce Development Board; and an economic impact study for the 2024 Los Angeles Olympic Games Committee.
Dr. Thornberg became nationally known for forecasting the subprime mortgage market crash that began in 2007 and was one of the few economists on record to predict the global economic recession that followed.
Well known for his ability to capture and hold audiences, Dr. Thornberg has presented to hundreds of leading business, government, and nonprofit organizations across the globe including Chevron, The New Yorker, Colliers International, Western Alliance Bank, the California Chamber of Commerce, City National Bank, the National Confectioner’s Association, the California State Association of Counties, State Farm Insurance, the City of Los Angeles, the California and Nevada Credit Union League, and the National Steel and Shipbuilding Company, among many others. He has testified before the U.S. Congress House Committee on Financial Services on municipal debt issues, before the California State Assembly Committee on Revenue and Taxation regarding rule changes related to Proposition 13, and before the Los Angeles City Council about proposed changes to local minimum wage laws.
Dr. Thornberg is a contributor to consensus economic forecasts published by the Wall Street Journal, Reuters, the National Association of Business Economists, and the Seidman Research Institute at Arizona State University. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce, is an Executive Member of the Central City Association (Los Angeles), and is a member of the California Association for Local Economic Development.
Prior to launching Beacon Economics, Dr. Thornberg was a senior economist with UCLA’s Anderson Forecast. He previously taught in the MBA program at UCLA’s Anderson School, in the Rady School of Business at UC San Diego, and at Thammasat University in Bangkok, Thailand. He has also held a faculty position in the economics department at Clemson University.
A well-known media commentator, Dr. Thornberg has appeared on all the major networks, CNN, NPR, and is regularly quoted in major national dailies including the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, and Los Angeles Times.
Originally from upstate New York, Dr. Thornberg holds a Ph.D. in Business Economics from The Anderson School at UCLA, and a B.S. degree in Business Administration from the State University of New York at Buffalo.
Sherif Hanna is Deputy Director of the UC Riverside School of Business Center for Economic Forecasting and Development. Mr. Hanna has over 30 years of operations management experience and guides the long-term direction of the Center establishing short-term goals, objectives, and strategies to achieve that vision. He also oversees the Economic, Fiscal, and Social Impact Analysis service area, one of the Center’s core competencies. He creates strategic partnerships with key business and community institutions and organizations, working extensively with senior executives in state and local government and at Fortune 500 companies that span industries such as manufacturing, banking and finance, insurance, real estate, and global trade.
Mr. Hanna is responsible for continually improving and expanding research product lines and for overseeing client service, growth, administration, and the professional development of staff. He honed his managerial and strategic planning skills at both small and large companies and has particular expertise in workflow re-engineering, start-up management, and business development.
In addition to his role at the Center, Mr. Hanna is also the Managing Partner of Beacon Economics LLC. Formerly, he was Managing Director of the UCLA Anderson Forecast where he identified areas of underperformance and refined operations to ensure higher levels of productivity. Mr. Hanna also served as Senior Vice President of Consulting Sales and Strategic Alliances at The Advisory Company, and prior to that was Vice President of Technology Sales and Business Development for AnnuityScout where he was responsible for national sales and account management of groundbreaking B2B and B2C technology. Earlier in his career, he held executive positions at American General Corp.
Mr. Hanna holds a B.A. degree in Political Science from California State University, Northridge.
Taner Osman is Manager of Regional and Sub-Regional Analysis at the UC Riverside School of Business Center for Economic Forecasting and Development. Dr. Osman plays a leading role in many of the Center’s principal research projects, which currently include developing labor market analyses and industry profiles for a variety of regional economies. He is also a postdoctoral researcher at the Lewis Center for Regional Policy Studies and an instructor in the Department of Urban Planning at the University of California, Los Angeles.
His research focuses on how local economic development and land use policies affect the performance of industries and regional economies. He also specializes in the impact of high-technology industries on local economies. In addition to his role at the Center, he is also Research Manager at Beacon Economics LLC.
Dr. Osman co-authored the book “The Rise and Fall of Urban Economies,” a comparative study of the Bay Area and Los Angeles economies published by Stanford University Press. He also publishes scholarly work in the areas of economic development, regional economics and land use planning.
Dr. Osman holds a Ph.D. in Urban Planning from the University of California, Los Angeles with a specialization in regional and international development.
Patrick Adler is Manager of Sustainable Growth and Development at the UC Riverside School of Business Center for Economic Forecasting and Development. He provides guidance on the Center’s core projects surrounding workforce development and economic development strategy. In addition to his role at the Center, he is also the Sustainable Growth and Development Manager at Beacon Economics. His current work portfolio includes developing a growth action plan for the City of Industry’s manufacturing sector, creating an economic development and revitalization study for the City of San Bernardino, and building an economic development plan that will deliver a roadmap for economic growth in the Walker River Corridor for the County of Lyon, Nevada.
Prior to joining the Center, Patrick conducted economic development engagements with municipalities and regional planning agencies in the United States and Canada. His consulting work focuses on identifying promising industrial development pathways and building local capacity for transformative change through stakeholder engagement and consensus building. Earlier projects include conducting an economic study to support the expansion of a municipal airport, creating a workforce assessment for a community college system, and devising a technology transfer strategy for a research university.
Additionally, Patrick has researched broadly on regional innovation and entrepreneurship, and recently on firm headquarters location and the geography of urban technology. He has published academic articles in journals such as Regional Studies, Plos 1, and the Journal of Urban Affairs and has been quoted in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Washington Monthly, and NFL Network, among others. Patrick is also a research affiliate with the School of Cities at The University of Toronto, where he worked full time before joining the Center for Forecasting.
Patrick’s dissertation research focuses on the role of cultural intermediators—curators—in forging creative ecosystems. As part of that project, he conducted a four-year study of regional exports to 237 American music festivals.
Patrick holds a Ph.D. in Urban Planning from the University of California, Los Angeles with a specialization in regional development, an M.A. in Economic Geography, and a B.A. (with distinction) in Urban Planning and Economic Geography both from The University of Toronto.
Mazen Bou Zeineddine is a Research Associate specializing in Economic, Fiscal, and Social Impact Analysis at the UCR School of Business Center for Economic Forecasting and Development. Mr. Bou Zeineddine oversees research and client and team development in the EFS space in addition to supporting a diverse range of projects, with a special focus on regional economic analysis. In addition to his role at the Center, he is also a Research Associate in the Economic, Fiscal, and Social Impact Analysis practice area at Beacon Economics LLC.
His recent key projects include examining the economic, fiscal, and social impacts generated by the University of California, the Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens, the Santa Monica Pier, Loyola Marymount University, the Toyota Music Factory, and the RMS Queen Mary. Very recently, he led an economic and fiscal impact analysis of the Gateway Paso Robles, a major mixed-use development that includes hotel, retail, office, and residential space. Mr. Bou Zeineddine presented the study’s findings to the Paso Robles City Council, reflecting the growing focus on tourism as a critical component of the area’s regional economy.
In addition to his economic impact work, Mr. Bou Zeineddine focuses on regional demographic analysis and has completed population forecasts for the San Diego Regional Planning Agency and the Riverside County Transportation Commission. His portfolio of work also includes a high-profile analysis of the creative economy in Los Angeles County and California, a regional demographic forecast for the San Diego Association of Governments, and a forward looking analysis of the healthcare workforce in Los Angeles County. He has produced a regional intelligence report examining local economic trends for the City of San Jose, provided key research support for an in-depth analysis of the tech sector in Santa Cruz County, and assisted with an assessment of future housing needs in the City of Long Beach.
Mr. Bou Zeineddine’s academic interests include econometric analysis and his graduate studies focused heavily on the study of statistics and mathematics, including linear algebra. Prior to joining the Center, he worked in the Trade and Finance Department of the Al Ahli Bank of Kuwait where he managed client accounts and ensured legal documentation requirements were met. He was also a business analyst for Autokal Inc. where he conducted market research, developed marketing strategies, and tracked website data.
Mr. Bou Zeineddine holds an M.A. degree in Economics from the University of Southern California and a B.A. degree in Economics from the State University of New York at Oswego.
Flavia Garcia is Manager of Economic and Revenue Forecasting at the UC Riverside School of Business Center for Economic Forecasting and Development. Ms. Garcia plays a lead role in developing the Center’s national, state, and regional economic outlooks including building and revising the underlying forecast models. She is an economist with a deep knowledge of international business, econometrics, and taxation. Her research and professional interests have led her to develop meaningful insights at the intersection of various economic disciplines, connections that are often left unexplored. Her key experience lies in macroeconomics, financial economics, and time series analysis. In addition to her role at the Center, she is also Manager of Economic and Revenue Forecasting at Beacon Economics LLC.
Prior to joining the Center, Ms. Garcia was an Econometrics Analyst at ProduceIQ, the original B2B platform for produce trading, where she helped create the signature ProduceIQ Price Index that systematically benchmarks produce prices. She also worked with the ProduceIQ founders as a corporate finance consultant advising enterprises in the agricultural sector, including assisting two companies through M&A.
Ms. Garcia has worked for Big 4 as well as boutique consulting firms in the field of transfer pricing, a fast-growing area of tax guidance. She has experience providing transfer pricing compliance, planning, and audit support and has worked with a broad array of clients ranging from telecom to fast-moving consumer goods such as semiconductors and pharmaceuticals.
Ms. Garcia is currently enrolled in the Doctoral program in International Business Taxation at Vienna University of Economics and Business. She holds a M.Sc. in Finance and Econometrics from Queen Mary University of London and a in Economics, with a minor in German, from Barnard College, Columbia University.
Stafford Nichols is a Research Manager at the UC Riverside School of Business Center for Economic Forecasting and Development. He oversees and guides projects and initiatives that cross a variety of the Center’s core practice areas including Regional and Sub-Regional Analysis, Sustainable Growth and Development, and Housing, Land Use, and Real Estate. Mr. Nichols has deep expertise in climate econometrics, geospatial analysis, public sentiment, and survey methodology. His work also focuses heavily on providing actionable insights and policy recommendations to clients based on data and other analysis. In addition to his role at the Center, he is also Research Manager at Beacon Economics LLC.
Prior to joining the Center, Mr. Nichols was an Associate Principal at Gallup where he produced thought leadership studies for multinational corporations and NGOs in the areas of climate change, sustainable development, labor and workforce challenges, and global economic growth. In one instance, he led a study for an international finance institution to quantify climate change damages on subjective wellbeing in 160 countries. Before becoming a Principal, Mr. Nichols was a Regional Director at Gallup. In that role he directed survey research in 22 countries across Asia, measuring public sentiment regarding climate change, economic conditions, political leaders, trust in national institutions, standards of living, and foreign affairs. One of his key projects was leading the collection of the United Nations Food Insecurity Experience scale, which established metrics measuring world hunger for the first time.
Earlier in his career, Mr. Nichols was a Senior Methodologist at Gallup and a Research Consultant at the World Bank, where he conducted surveys and wrote about the drivers and behaviors in the European Union’s CO2 markets.
Mr. Nichols is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Public Policy at the University of Maastricht with an expected award date in 2023. He holds an M.B.A. in International Finance and an M.P.P. in Econometrics from the College of William and Mary. He holds a B.A. in Economics and History from Franklin & Marshal College.
Victoria Pike Bond is Director of Marketing & Communications the UC Riverside School of Business Center for Economic Forecasting and Development. She is responsible for internal and external communications at including public and media relations, product marketing, and website development and management. Ms. Bond is a specialist in the fields of strategic communications and public affairs and has worked with members of the state, national, and international media managing crisis communications and conducting targeted outreach. She served as a press spokesperson for the California State Department of Transportation (Caltrans) and is an accomplished writer of communications pieces including press releases, newsletters, op-eds, marketing materials, proposals, and website content.
In addition to her role at the Center, she is also Director of Marketing & Communications at Beacon Economics LLC. Formerly, Ms. Bond managed media relations at the Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC) where she was responsible for all aspects of the institute’s media operation. Prior to that, she was a communications associate for environmental and communication management firm Circlepoint, working on the communication components of major public projects including the San Francisco Bay Bridge retrofit, the 680/24 Interchange reconstruction in Walnut Creek, and the merger of the Union Pacific and Southern Pacific Railroads.
Ms. Bond holds a B.A. degree in Political Science from the University of Minnesota.
Danielle Tremeear is Administrative Support Manager at the UC Riverside School of Business Center for Economic Forecasting and Development. Ms. Tremeear has extensive expertise creating more efficient and functional work environments through the management of office operations and administration of client service processes. In her role at the Center, she is responsible for supporting multiple executives, overseeing special projects, managing and streamlining office and accounting procedures, planning and executing events and conferences, and acting as a liaison between staff, vendors, and clients.
In addition to her role at the Center, she is also Administrative Support Manager at Beacon Economics LLC. Formerly, she was an executive assistant at a large law firm in Southern California, and before that worked in additional office management capacities and in retail sales.
Ms. Tremeear attended The Art Institute with a focus in Fashion Marketing and Management.
Daniel Fowler is Business Development Manager at the UC Riverside School of Business Center for Economic Forecasting and Development. Mr. Fowler is responsible for managing the Center’s proposal processes, which includes playing a key role in creating and facilitating business development strategies for a variety of client segments and product offerings. In addition to his role at the Center, he is also Business Development Manager at Beacon Economics LLC.
Prior to joining the Center, Mr. Fowler worked as a Structural Steel Specialist for the American Institute of Steel Construction, acting as the local representative for the domestic steel industry. He was responsible for communicating and promoting key industry updates and milestones, consulting with project teams on various steel-based construction solutions, and delivering AIA-accredited presentations to a wide variety of Architecture, Engineering, and Construction firms across the county. During is tenure he was a member of the Structural Engineering Association of Southern California and active on the Steel and the Diversity & Inclusion committees. He was also on the Resilience Committee of the National Council of Structural Engineers Association.
Earlier in his career, Mr. Fowler helped launch the Boston Branch of Fenagh Engineering and Testing, where he worked on numerous public and private construction projects, including Encore Boston Harbor, One Dalton Street, and Nantucket Intermediate School. As the first local employee, he helped grow the company to 35 employees within four years.
Mr. Fowler holds a B.A. in Philosophy from Colby College.
Kristen Lovell is Strategic Partnerships Manager at the UC Riverside School of Business Center for Economic Forecasting and Development. Ms. Lovell is responsible for establishing, guiding, and overseeing the Center’s partnerships and initiatives with private businesses, governments, and not-for-profit organizations. This includes identifying and pursuing opportunities for collaboration, commissioned work, and speaking roles by the firm’s experts. In addition to her role at the Center, she is also Strategic Partnerships Manager at Beacon Economics LLC.
A problem solver by nature, Ms. Lovell has been untangling complex puzzles in emerging markets for the past decade, including working extensively as a subject matter expert and consultant in the developing cannabis industry. She has held titles including Director of Product, Chief Communications Officer, and Head of Brand, and has been personally responsible for bringing 70+ SKUs to market — from ideation to consumption. She also manages her own private consultancy, Safe House LLC.
In the years prior to joining the Center, Ms. Lovell built a global brand and entertainment company with LGBTQIA+ television personality Laganja Estranja, pioneering a business where there was previously no industry. In this role she produced hundreds of events in dozens of countries — including Estranja headlining the first YouTube Beach PRIDE at Cannes Lions and hosting the first talk on cannabis decriminalization in Ireland with The Phil Society.
Formerly, Ms. Lovell was a manager at the German digital innovation agency responsible for IOT products such as Ford Pass and the P&G Smart Mirror. In 2018, she apprenticed in global CPG supply chain in China under Presidential Exporter of the Year award recipient Jean Seo, and later that year helped lead the #EquityFirstLA Campaign. She also co-founded The Social Impact Center, a Los Angeles based 501(c)3 focused on harm reduction, led a workshop at the Creating Change LGBT Task Force National Convention in 2020, and has been a speaker on diversity for The American Bar Association.
Ms. Lovell holds a B.A. in Communications and a B.A. in Theatre Arts from Trinity University. In 2022, she completed the Design Thinking and Innovation Certificate Program at Harvard Business School.
Brian Vanderplas is a Senior Research Associate at the UC Riverside School of Business Center for Economic Forecasting and Development. Mr. Vanderplas plays a leading role in many of the Center’s principal research projects with deep specialization in Economic, Fiscal, and Social Impact Analysis, Regional and Sub-Regional Analysis and EB-5 Economic Analysis. Within these areas, he focuses heavily on labor and employment, demographic, and real estate market analysis. In addition to his role at the Center, he is also a Senior Research Associate at Beacon Economics, LLC.
Mr. Vanderplas’s current and recent work portfolio include assessing the economic impacts and contributions made by universities including the University of Southern California, UCLA, and California State University Long Beach. He has also played leading roles in high profile economic impact analyses for the Los Angeles 2024 Olympic Committee, Delta Air Lines, the Electric Daisy Carnival, and Otis College of Art and Design. Applying his expertise in regional economics, he has produced economic and demographic assessments of each city council district in Los Angeles for the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce, and in Anaheim for the City of Anaheim. He leads the Center’s monthly analysis of California’s employment numbers, a report widely used by statewide media, local governments, and private businesses.
Mr. Vanderplas is also responsible for building and maintaining a wide variety of complex databases that support the Center’s statewide and national economic forecasts, public policy studies, and other projects. In addition to preparing, cleaning, and seasonally adjusting data, he is deeply experienced in a wide array of economic and econometric software programs including STATA, EViews, and SPSS. Mr. Vanderplas’s academic focus includes transportation economics and international trade and development.
Prior to joining the Center, Mr. Vanderplas conducted graduate level research on the educational attainment level of migrant populations and on fuel consumption as it relates to population density. He holds M.A and B.A. degrees in Economics from California State University, Long Beach.
Samuel Maury-Holmes is a Senior Research Associate specializing in regional and sub-regional analysis at the UC Riverside School of Business Center for Economic Forecasting and Development. An expert in a wide variety of data analysis software, including quantitative coding platforms and map-driven spatial analysis tools such as ArcGIS, Mr. Maury-Holmes also conducts research and analysis in support of the Center’s sustainable growth and development work. In addition to his role at the Center, he is also a Senior Research Associate at Beacon Economics LLC.
Among his recent projects, Mr. Maury-Holmes has identified and analyzed the demographic characteristics, employment preferences, and regional earnings of drivers working for app-based platforms in California; analyzed the City of Industry’s manufacturing sector, crafting strategies for its growth and development; leveraged a massive assortment of regional spending and demographic data to develop estimates of annual general welfare expenditures by major tribes in California; and analyzed union membership figures within Hollywood’s entertainment industry to identify subsector trends in the broader entertainment industry of Los Angeles.
Prior to joining the Center, Mr. Maury-Holmes worked across a diverse range of industries. As an independent movie producer with production company Funegirl Films, he oversaw the production of four independent films, including the management of all aspects of budgeting, payroll, and team acquisitions. Prior to his time as a producer, he worked at Occidental College as a Conferences Assistant, where he helped organize the logistics for events and summer camps ranging from 10-600 people.
An entrepreneur, Mr. Maury-Holmes also co-founded ed-tech startup Thicket and founded a social media engagement organization that peaked at over 10,000,000 weekly engagements.
Mr. Maury-Holmes holds a B.A. in Economics from Occidental College with an emphasis in Econometrics.
Justin Niakamal is a Senior Research Associate at the UCR School of Business Center for Economic Forecasting and Development. Mr. Niakamal helps lead the Center’s research in regional and sub-regional analysis and housing and land use. This includes a specialized focus on public policy analysis as it relates to regional housing markets, land use, transportation, and industry. He also lends his analytic expertise to supporting the Center’s economic and revenue forecasting work. Additionally, he manages the Center’s confidential data analysis and product line, which utilizes highly proprietary tax and employment data and allows for research that drills down to a neighborhood or even street level. In addition to his role at the Center, he is also a Senior Research Associate at Beacon Economics LLC.
Mr. Niakamal’s past projects have included conducting population, housing, and employment projections through 2050 as part of two regional growth forecasts for San Luis Obispo County and the San Diego Association of Governments, analyzing the economic and employment characteristics of drivers working for app-based platforms in California, conducting an assessment of future workforce needs in Los Angeles for the County’s Health Agency departments, and developing a broad land use analysis for the City of Los Angeles.
In supporting a diverse cross section of the Center’s analytic products and services, Mr. Niakamal applies deep technical expertise in econometric modeling, and in cleaning, maintaining, and managing large and complex datasets. His academic interests and experience include Bayesian inference, causal inference as applied to policy analysis, regression analysis, econometrics, and the application of statistical and econometric software programs including EViews, Stata, and Python.
Prior to joining the Center, Mr. Niakamal completed a graduate level internship at Applied Medical, where he managed and leveraged large data sets to provide sales forecasts. Most recently, he was an economic analyst with the New York City Department of Education working within Environmental Health and Safety.
Mr. Niakamal holds an M.S. in Economics from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona and a B.A. in Economics from California State University, Long Beach.
Kailei Lin is a Spatial Statistics Research Associate at the UC Riverside School of Business Center for Economic Forecasting and Development. Ms. Lin conducts data research and analysis that crosses multiple research areas within the Center including Sustainable Growth and Development, Regional and Sub-Regional Analysis, and Housing, Land Use, and Real Estate Analysis. Her current work portfolio includes integrating and developing logistical and internal cloud-based data models and analyzing Geospatial and U.S. Census data for a variety of demographic and economic indicators. In addition to her role at the Center, she is also a Research Associate at Beacon Economics LLC.
Through her interdisciplinary study in Data Science and Spatial Analysis, Ms. Lin has developed strong expertise in quantitative geospatial analysis and modeling; analysis of programing algorithms; data mining and aggregation over large-scale datasets; ArcGIS; and data visualization. She works with classification methods, including K-means clustering, to understand the dynamics of transit ridership and transit user segmentation, and generates data features on platforms such as Apache Spark and Snowflake to decompose large-scale, location-based problems. As part of NASA Harvest, Ms. Lin applied her statistical programming skills in Python and R to develop a global crop yield forecasting system using satellite and weather data. These results fed into a public web forum, helping government and private agencies monitor food shortages.
Prior to joining the Center, Ms. Lin interned as a Map Software Engineer for technology startup TuSimple where she built high-definition maps from massive 3D LiDar data and captured and debugged over 300,000 errors in map products by performing root cause analysis. Her work helped the company expand its regional freight network coverage. Ms. Lin also interned as a Data Analyst with the Guangzhou City Planning Kance Design & Research Institute in Guangzhou, China where she conducted data cleaning of building footprints data using ArcGIS, SQL, and python.
Ms. Lin holds an M.S. in Spatial Data Science from the University of Southern California and a B.S. in Urban Planning with a certificate in Geographic Information Systems and Cartography from Miami University.
Andrew Yu is a Research Associate specializing in Sustainable Growth and Development at the UCR School of Business Center for Economic Forecasting and Development. He conducts data research and analysis in support of the Center’s principal client engagements, publications, and other initiatives. In addition to his role at the Center, he is also a Research Associate at Beacon Economics LLC.
Passionate about using and applying data to make the most informed decisions, Mr. Yu has expertise in a variety of statistical analysis software, quantitative coding platforms, and programming languages including STATA, R, and Python. He is also highly skilled in producing data visualizations, using platforms such as Tableau, to illustrate trends and research findings.
Prior to joining the Center, he was a Project Specialist at the University of Southern California’s Center for Economic & Social Research where he ran regressions, conducted geocoding, and performed data analysis for studies that investigated the impact of COVID-19 on U.S. seniors and researched the effects of education on mental welfare and socioeconomic success. Mr. Yu was also a Research Associate at Harvard Business School where his work focused competition pricing and pricing techniques in the small business sector.
Mr. Yu holds a B.A. in Economics from the University of Southern California.
Johnathan Cahill is a Research Associate in Economic, Fiscal, and Social Impact Analysis at the UC Riverside School of Business Center for Economic Forecasting and Development. Mr. Cahill conducts data research and analysis in support of the Center’s principal engagements. His current work portfolio includes analyzing the impacts of a wide variety of activities, projects, and institutions including universities and major entertainment events and venues. In addition to his role at the Center, he is also a Research Associate at Beacon Economics LLC.
Mr. Cahill’s educational and professional background have given him an exceptionally strong quantitative foundation and the ability to interpret data and data trends. This includes an emphasis on applied methods such as designing and conducting field experiments and econometrics for the purpose of economic consulting and advising. He is skilled in the use of leading data and econometric software including STATA, R, and RunGTAP, a trade modeling platform.
Mr. Cahill’s academic interests include examining the intersection between economics and policy as it relates to economic development, the global economic system, and international trade. He has conducted graduate level research on the Los Angeles County housing market, trade policy as it relates to beef tariffs, and the effectiveness and impact of peer-tutoring on educational attainment.
Prior to joining the Center, Mr. Cahill obtained a well-rounded work experience serving in a variety of demanding roles in the financial services and asset management industries. He was a Treasury Analyst with The Broe Group where he worked with numerous banks to reduce banking fees and created programming to prevent financial fraud and increase cyber security. Prior to that, he was a Portfolio Operations Associate at Bain Capital Credit and a Client Operations Associate with State Street Corporation.
Mr. Cahill holds an M.S. in Applied Economics and Econometrics from the University of Southern California, and a B.S. in Economics and Political Science from Suffolk University.
Jessica Hernandez is Production and Graphic Design Lead at the UC Riverside School of Business Center for Economic Forecasting and Development. Ms. Hernandez leads design and visual communication on many of the Center’s key projects as well as for marketing, promotional, and business development campaigns and resources. She has been instrumental in establishing branding and design guidelines and principals that ensure the firm’s products maintain brand integrity and continue to resonate with customers and partners.
She is skilled in communicating economic analysis through compelling visual text and imagery using a variety of design technologies including Adobe Illustrator, InDesign, and Photoshop. In addition to her role at the Center, she is also Production and Graphic Design Associate at Beacon Economics LLC.
Ms. Hernandez’s recent work portfolio includes being the principal designer on high-profile projects such as Los Angeles County’s LA2021 Future of Creative Talent Summit, and economic impact analyses for the Virgin Trains USA high-speed rail line linking Southern California and Las Vegas, the iconic RMS Queen Mary ship and hotel, Live Nation’s Toyota Music Factory in Irving, Texas, and the 2020 World Ag Expo, among others.
In her role at the Center, she is also responsible for maintaining production schedules, interfacing with clients and vendors, streamlining technology, and assisting with events and conferences. She has a professional background in office management including administering customer service procedures, accounting and human resources processes, data entry, and overall office operations. Prior to joining the firm, she was a leasing agent and customer service representative for a large storage facility and before that oversaw administrative functions for a painting contractor and a construction company.
Ms. Hernandez is fluent in Spanish and is pursuing an Associate Degree in Graphic Design and Marketing at El Camino College. She has also earned certificates in intermediate and advanced Adobe Illustrator, InDesign, and Photoshop from Intelquest Computer Training.
Mark Schneider is a Data Visualization and Marketing Coordinator at the UC Riverside School of Business Center for Economic Forecasting and Development. Mr. Schneider applies design to the Center’s analytic products to create rich, illuminating visualizations that illustrate economic data and explain economic trends. He blends a deep skill set in graphic design, art, data visualization, and computing science to enhance client reports and publications, design internal products, and support the Center’s marketing communication and business development functions. He has professional expertise in a wide array of design software, programming languages, and in design thinking. In addition to his role at the Center, he is also a Data Visualization and Marketing Assistant at Beacon Economics LLC.
In his recent work portfolio, Mr. Schneider has been the principal designer on high profile projects including the 2021 Otis College Report on the Creative Economy, an economic impact analysis of the 2020 California Manufacturing Extension Partnership, and an economic development analysis for the County of Mendocino, among others. He was also instrumental in developing collateral material for Los Angeles County’s LA2021 Future of Creative Talent Summit. He recently produced and enacted interactive graphics for the Center’s online Employment Report and regularly creates engaging social media postings that promote the Center’s commissioned and internal publications.
Prior to joining the Center, Mr. Schneider was an Ideation Lab Assistant at Chapman University where he created a variety of client branded collateral including corporate identity and advertising. He was also a Freelance Designer for the nonprofit Dance 4 Joy, which included a complete rebranding and social media management. Prior to that he worked in a marketing position for Beyond Limits, an artificial intelligence vendor.
Mr. Schneider holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A) from Chapman University with a study focus in Computational Science. .
Rachel Amick is Project and Client Coordinator at the UC Riverside School of Business Center for Economic Forecasting and Development. Ms. Amick leads the administrative and client communication aspects of many of the Center’s principal projects. Supporting multiple managers, she works to inform, consult, and communicate with clients and stakeholders to ensure their engagement is prioritized and that a supportive and productive relationship is maintained. Her recent work portfolio includes managing stakeholder engagement and administering a major online platform for Los Angeles County’s LA2021 Future of Creative Talent Summit and overseeing client communications and all support functions for the 2021 Otis College Report on the Creative Economy. In addition to her role at the Center, she is also Project and Client Coordinator at Beacon Economics LLC.
Ms. Amick also maintains many aspects of the Center’s administrative and human resources functions including producing a monthly media monitoring report and assisting with filing systems, billing and contracts, scheduling and calendar maintenance, events, and recruiting and staff benefits.
Ms. Amick has extensive experience working in administrative, client relations, and executive assistant capacities. Prior to joining the Center, she was an executive assistant and office manager at a large medical office and before that worked as a customer service representative at JNR, a company focused on improving human performance in the workplace.
Ms. Amick holds an Associate Degree in General Studies from Fullerton College.