Dr. Mark Buckley

Project Director / Partner

Mark specializes in
natural resource and
environmental economics.

Office: Portland, OR
Phone: 503.222.6069
Email: buckley@econw.com

Education: 
Ph.D. Environmental Studies, University of California, Santa Cruz
B.A. Economics, Davidson College

Mark Buckley develops economic models and analytical methods for planning and behavior involving water resources and land management. In particular, he combines microeconomic and game-theoretic techniques with competence in the biophysical aspects of natural systems. Dr. Buckley specializes in bringing an intuitive approach to understanding individual and group incentives to account for decision-making in policy design. His work addresses benefits of watershed-scale river restoration in Utah; improving urban water quality with green infrastructure; adapting water resources to climate change in Hawaii; cost-effective approaches to policy and finance for restoring Puget Sound; water quality trading in the Lake Tahoe Basin; levee setbacks and restoration on the Green River in King County, WA; analyses of cost and risk reduction for large wildfires; landscape-scale restoration in the Sacramento River Valley; coordinating agriculture with development and habitat goals along the Skagit River; water planning with reclaimed water for King County, Washington; and development of tools for communities to select appropriate water portfolios in coastal California. He has also developed natural resource valuation tools for the Jamaican national government with funding from UNDP. Buckley has published research in peer-reviewed journals and edited books, and served as an adjunct professor for environmental economics at Portland State University. 

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Dr. Andrew Dyke

Project Director / Partner

Andrew specializes in economic analysis, labor economics, and social policy.

Office: Portland, OR
Phone: 503.200.5075
Email: dyke@econw.com

 

Education:
Ph.D. Economics, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
B.A. Mathematics and Economics, Wesleyan University

Dr. Andrew Dyke specializes in program evaluation and applied microeconomic analysis. He develops and applies sophisticated econometric models for many policy areas, including crime, education and labor economics. His recent project work includes student achievement growth modeling for Chalkboard Project’s federally funded Teacher Incentive Fund grant, an evaluation of Oregon’s Employer Workforce Training Fund, and regional economic modeling for TriMet and the Puget Sound Regional Council.

Dyke joined ECONorthwest as an economist in 2006. Prior to that, he was a finance and policy analyst for the Public Health Division of the Oregon Department of Human Services, and he taught economics and statistics courses at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Portland State University, and Pacific University.

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Lorelei Juntunen

Project Director / Partner

Lorelei specializes in land use and redevelopment policy, planning, and finance.

Office: Portland, OR
Phone: 503.200.5074
Email: juntunen@econw.com

 

Education:
M.A. Community and Regional Planning, University of Oregon
M.A. Public Administration, University of Oregon
B.A. English and Global Studies, Pacific Lutheran University

Lorelei Juntunen is a Project Director specializing in evaluation of the intersection between public investment and community revitalization. Her recent projects have identified creative approaches to investment in redevelopment. Lorelei is well-versed with tools such as public-private partnerships, urban renewal, and other public-sector funding and finance tools. Her most recent project work focuses on policy and planning for land adjacent to transit projects, such as light rail, bus rapid transit, and streetcar. Other recent projects include feasibility and implementation strategies for redevelopment efforts across the Pacific Northwest, as well examination of the role that new development plays in causing residential displacement and gentrification. Lorelei is a Partner and also sits on the Board of Directors for ECONorthwest.

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Morgan Shook

Project Director / Partner

Morgan specializes in land use and redevelopment policy, planning, and finance.

Office: Seattle
Phone: 206.388.0082
Email: shook@econw.com

 

Education:
M.A. Urban and Regional Planning, Portland State University
B.S. Biology, University of Puget Sound
Certificate in Commercial Real Estate Development, University of Washington

Morgan Shook is a senior policy and economic analyst interested in innovative economic development strategy related to real estate, transportation, and infrastructure planning. His expertise in economic, fiscal, market, GIS, and demographic analysis has been applied to financial and policy projects for cities, counties, and ports across the State. Morgan currently serves on the Seattle Planning Commission. He is currently AICP-certified.

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John Tapogna

President / Partner

John specializes in education, social, and fiscal policy.

Office: Portland, OR
Phone: 503.222.6060
Email: tapogna@econw.com

 

Education:
M.P.P. Public Policy, Harvard University
B.A. Journalism, University of Oregon

John Tapogna is President of ECONorthwest and oversees the firm's overall business strategy and operations. Since his arrival at ECONorthwest in 1997, Tapogna has built practices in education, healthcare, human service, and tax policy. In education, he has directed evaluations of dropout prevention programs, the impacts of small class sizes, and the efficacy of small schools for clients like the Chalkboard Project, Washington's League of Education Voters and Seattle Public Schools. He has also overseen the development of award-winning software tools in eight states that help low-income families, seniors, people with disabilities and veterans understand their eligibility for safety-net programs.

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Carl Batten

Project Director

Carl specializes in economic analysis and modeling.

Office: Portland, OR
Phone: 503.200.5070
Email: batten@econw.com

 

Education:
M.S. Economics, University of Oregon
B.S. Economics, University of Oregon

Carl Batten is a senior economist who specializes in the identification and estimation of the economic and financial consequences of policy and management decisions. He has extensive experience in forecasting, econometric modeling, pricing, economic-impact analysis, and financial modeling. Batten has applied these techniques in areas such as transportation management, resource management, energy, revenue forecasting, business valuation, and damages calculation. He also conducts financial feasibility analyses for public and private developments. 

Batten is currently overseeing the technical development of Veterans’ Benefits 101 (VB101)—a forthcoming website designed to help veterans navigate federal and state programs. 

A former student of the firm's founder, Dr. Ed Whitelaw, Batten began his career at ECONorthwest while in graduate school in 1986.

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Dr. Kevin E. Cahill

Project Director / Expert Witness

Kevin specializes in the economics of aging, labor, health, and statistical methods.

Office: Boise, ID
Phone: 208.515.3353
Email: cahill@econw.com

 

Education:
Ph.D. Economics, Boston College
M.A. Economics, Boston College
B.A. Mathematics and Economics (with honors), Rutgers College

Kevin is a project director in ECONorthwest's Boise office and a research economist at the Center on Aging & Work at Boston College. Kevin has published on various topics related to applied microeconomics and is known nationally for his research on labor market transitions using the Health and Retirement Study, a large nationally-representative dataset of older Americans. His current projects examine patterns of labor force withdrawal, including bridge job employment, phased retirement, and re-entry, retirement income, occupational changes later in life, and the role of employer-provided pensions in the retirement decisions of older workers. Kevin actively presents his work at academic conferences and workshops across the country and internationally. In addition to his research, Kevin consults in a variety of industries including health care, pharmaceuticals, and banking and testifies in court as an expert witness.

Kevin is a member of the American Economics Association, the Gerontological Society of America, and the Western Economics Association, and currently serves as an ad hoc reviewer for The GerontologistThe Journal of Human ResourcesResearch on AgingThe Journal of Applied Gerontology, and other academic journals. Prior to joining ECONorthwest, Kevin was a manager at Analysis Group, a national economic consulting firm based in Boston, Massachusetts.

Recent Publications

Is Bridge Job Activity Overstated? (January 2016)

The Impact of a Randomly Assigned Time and Place Management Initiative on Work and Retirement Expectations (May 2015)

Retirement Patterns and the Macroeconomy,1992–2010: The Prevalence and Determinants of Bridge Jobs, Phased Retirement, and Reentry Among Three Recent Cohorts of Older Americans (May 2015)

A Balanced Look at Self-Employment Transitions Later in Life (November 2014)

Recent Expert Testimony

Application by TransCanada Keystone Pipeline, LP for a Permit to Construct Keystone XL Pipeline, Before the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) of the State of South Dakota (2015)

Multnomah County vs. Conway Construction Company, et al., bridge construction damages proceeding, Multnomah County Circuit Court, Oregon (2015)

KForce vs. Brett Oxenhandler, et al., business damages proceeding, United States District Court, Western District of Washington at Seattle (2015)

State of Oregon, ex rel. John Kroger, Attorney General vs. AU Optronics Corporation, et al., TFT-LCD antitrust litigation, United States District Court, Northern District of California at San Francisco (2014)

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Dr. Ian Carlton

Project Director

Ian specializes in urban development policy, planning, and investment modeling.

Office: Portland, OR
Phone: 503.200.5082
Email: carlton@econw.com

 

Education:
Ph.D. City and Regional Planning, University of California Berkeley
M.A. City Planning, University of California Berkeley
M.S. Transportation Engineering, University of California Berkeley
B.S. Architecture & Certificate in Land Development, Georgia Institute of Technology

Ian is a project director at ECONorthwest and the cofounder of MapCraft.io. In addition to directing the customization of MapCraft's web applications, Ian develops analyses to aid policymaking, urban planning, and investment decision making. Ian's project work focuses on land use planning, real estate investment analysis, transit planning, transit-oriented development (TOD) policy, economic development, land use modeling, public finance, and value capture. With a specialization in integrated transportation and land use planning, Ian's work often considers the complex and context-specific relationships between transit investments and urban development. Ian's research sponsors and consulting clients have included private and public sector entities: local governments, transit agencies, regional planning organizations, federal agencies, non-profits, landowners, and real estate developers. Ian leverages his prior professional experiences in policy development, residential real estate, economic development, and business strategy consulting to carry out his advisory work. Ian is a member of the Urban Land Institute's TOD Product Council and sits on the Transportation Research Board's Transportation and Land Development Committee.

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Matthew Kitchen

Project Director

Matthew specializes in
transportation planning,
economics, and
financial analysis.

Office: Seattle, WA
Phone: 206.388.0081
Email: kitchen@econw.com

Education:
M.P.A. Evans School of Public Policy and Management, University of Washington
B.A. Literature and Anthropology, Sarah Lawrence College

Matthew joined ECONorthwest in 2013, bringing over 15 years of experience in transportation planning and economic development. Prior to joining ECONorthwest, Matthew held a senior management position within the Data Systems and Analysis Department at the Puget Sound Regional Council, the Metropolitan Planning Organization in the Seattle region. Matthew has led efforts to integrate transportation and land use models and develop activity-­based transport models. Recent work included a $3 million behavioral research experiment, the Traffic Choices Study. This one-­of-­a-­kind research project was designed to collect and analyze behavioral data from drivers as they made travel choices when faced with tolls for the use of roadway facilities.

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Kristin Lee

Project Director

Kristin specializes in environmental economics and litigation support.

Office: Eugene, OR
Phone: 541.344.5431
Email: lee@econw.com

 

Education:
M.P.A. Public Policy and Management, University of Oregon
M.C.R.P. Community and Regional Planning, University of Oregon
B.S. Biology, University of Utah

Kristin joined ECONorthwest in 2000. She specializes in environmental economics and public policy. Using spreadsheet, database, and GIS software, she studies natural resource policy, planning, and economics; analyzes the benefits and costs of policies and decisions; calculates economic damages; and provides litigation support. Kristin has published articles in peer-reviewed journals, presented at academic conferences, and provided expert testimony.

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Ed MacMullan

Project Director

Ed specializes in
environmental economics and
litigation support.

Office: Eugene, OR
Phone: 503.200.5081


Education:
M.S. Agricultural Economics and International Agricultural Development, University of California at Davis
B.S. Soil Science, Oregon State University

Ed has been with ECONorthwest since 1990. He specializes in assessing the economic effects of public policies that affect natural-resource management. He also has extensive experience in litigation support, working on cases involving antitrust, intellectual property, right-of-way, and healthcare topics. Ed currently serves on the Hydrology Subcommittee of the Sustainable Sites Initiative, where he helped develop the guidelines and performance benchmarks for the “SITES” rating system. He regularly presents to regional and national conferences, including presentations to the national low-impact development conference, a national review panel convened by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and has been a featured speaker at the annual training sessions organized by the Nonpoint Education for Municipal Officials (NEMO) group. Before joining ECONorthwest, Ed studied as a Fulbright Scholar at the Energy Studies Unit of the University of Strathclyde.

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Dr. Ralph Mastromonaco

Project Director

Ralph specializes in
environmental and economic
policy and econometrics.

Office: Portland
Phone: 503.200.5073
Email: mastromonaco@econw.com

Education:
Ph.D. Economics, Duke University
M.A. Economics, Duke University
B.S.B.A Finance, University of Pittsburgh
B.A. Economics, University of Pittsburgh

Ralph joined ECONorthwest as Director of Analytics and Senior Economist in 2016. He is responsible for overseeing and enhancing the firm’s technical and analytic capabilities. He specializes in environmental economics and policy and has applied these skills on projects related to non-market valuation of environmental quality and public goods. Ralph is an expert in econometric methods and is fluent in modern scientific computing techniques. Prior to joining ECONorthwest, Ralph was an assistant professor of economics at the University of Oregon, where his research focused on environmental policy and non-market valuation. Ralph is a member of the American Economic Association and the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists.

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Terry Moore

Senior Project Director

Terry specializes in land use and transportation planning.

Office: Portland, OR
Phone: 503.200.5095
Email: moore@econw.com

 

Education:
M.U.R.P. Urban and Regional Planning, University of Oregon
M.A. Public Administration, University of Oregon
B.S. Environmental Engineering, Stanford University

One of the founders of ECONorthwest, Terry specializes in land use and transportation planning and leads its Planning and Development practice area. Terry’s project work focuses on transportation and land-use planning, economic development, growth management, policy analysis, and market analysis. In 1994, the American Planning Association published his book, The Transportation/Land Use Connection. He was among the recipients of the American Planning Association's 1996 Current Topic Award for Transportation Planning and in 2001 he was selected as a Fellow of the American Institute of Certified Planners. Terry has written articles for the Journal of the American Planning Association, Land Use Policy, Urban Land, the Journal of Urban Planning and Development, and the Journal of the American Institute of Planners. He is an adjunct professor in the Department of Planning, Public Policy, and Management at the University of Oregon.

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Robert Parker

Project Director

Bob specializes in land use and transportation planning.

Office: Eugene, OR
Phone: 541.346.3801
Email: parker@econw.com

 

Education:
M.U.R.P. Urban and Regional Planning, University of Oregon
B.S. Natural Resource Management, Colorado State University

Bob joined ECONorthwest in 1998 and specializes in land use and transportation planning. Bob uses demographic analysis and forecasting, economic impact analysis, survey design and analysis, and computer modeling to study the nexus between land use planning and economic development. He manages the U.S. Department of Commercial Economic Development Administration University Center at the University of Oregon. Bob also teaches core courses in the graduate Community and Regional Planning Program in the Department of Planning, Public Policy, and Management at the University of Oregon. He serves as the Director for the Community Planning Workshop, an applied planning research program.

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Dr. Randall Pozdena

Senior Project Director

Randy specializes in
quantitative economics,
finance, and
transportation economics.

Office: Portland, OR
Phone: 503.200.5065
Email: pozdena@econw.com

Education:
Ph.D. Economics, University of California, Berkeley
A.B. Economics, Dartmouth College

Randy joined ECONorthwest in 1991 and specializes in quantitative economics and finance and transportation economics. Randy uses mathematical modeling, statistical analysis, and forecast development services, to inform projects in banking and securities markets, real-estate economics, monetary policy, industrial organization, and litigation. Randy has authored over 50 published books and papers. He has taught courses in economics and finance at the University of California, Berkeley Graduate School of Business, and at the University of California, Irvine Graduate School of Business Administration. Prior to joining ECONorthwest, Randy was vice president of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco.

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Robert Whelan

Project Director

Robert specializes in market research and forecasting.

Office: Portland, OR
Phone: 503.200.5071
Email: whelan@econw.com

 

Education: 
Post Graduate Courses, Economics, Columbia University
M.S. Mineral Economics, Pennsylvania State University
B.S. Earth Sciences, Adelphi University

Robert, who joined ECONorthwest in 1996, specializes in market research, strategic planning, feasibility analysis, and economic forecasting. He has analyzed a wide range of industries including retail, tourism, electronics, energy, construction, casino gaming, mining, agriculture, food stores, film and video production, manufacturing, commodities, and residential housing. Robert has successfully used his skills to advise Indian tribes, local governments, nonprofit organizations, and businesses on strategies, new developments, expansions, and social/economic assessments. Before joining ECONorthwest, Robert was a Mineral Economist for the State of Oregon. He has also served as a Director of Strategic Planning for a major Northwest corporation and as a Senior Economist for Chase Manhattan Bank.

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Dr. Ed Whitelaw

Founder

Ed specializes in
urban, labor, and
environmental economics.

Office: Eugene, OR
Phone: 541.687.0051
Email: whitelaw@econw.com

Education:
Ph.D. Economics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
B.A. Mathematics, Political Science, Economics, University of Montana

Ed Whitelaw founded ECONorthwest in 1974. He’s now an independent consultant who provides services under contract to ECONorthwest. He specializes in the economics of cities and regions, labor and poverty, the environment and natural resources and the economic consequences of policy decisions. As an expert witness, he has testified in matters before state and federal courts and the NAFTA tribunal. Since 1974, Ed has completed economic consulting projects for a wide range of clients including law firms; businesses; tribes; and local, state and federal governments. He has also testified before administrative, legislative, and congressional bodies on a variety of economic issues. He has held positions on state, regional, and national advisory boards, including the National Advisory Council for Environmental Policy and Technology and the Oregon Progress Board. Ed is a Professor Emeritus of Economics at the University of Oregon, where he has taught since 1967.

Dr. Michael Wilkerson

Project Director

Mike specializes in economic analysis, modeling, and real estate analysis. 

Office: Portland, OR
Phone: 503.200.5098
Email: wilkerson@econw.com

 

Education:
Ph.D. Economics and Politics, Claremont Graduate University
M.A. International Political Economy, Claremont Graduate University
B.A. Economics, Whittier College

Dr. Wilkerson is a Senior Economist at ECONorthwest and brings over 10 years of private-sector experience as an economic consultant and as an analyst in the financial services industry. His areas of expertise include econometrics and applied microeconomics in the fields of real estate, transportation and urban economics. He has applied expertise in projects involving housing market analysis, development feasibility studies, economic impact analysis, regional and micro economic forecasting, benefit-cost analysis, and litigation support and expert testimony. Recently completed projects utilizing spatial-temporal models measured the price impacts and development outcomes of public transit systems as well as modeling the impact of density bonuses as part of inclusionary zoning incentive policy. He is also a subject area expert on credit unions, working regularly with local associations and individual credit unions around the country. Michael is currently an adjunct professor of economics at Portland State University.

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Joel Ainsworth

Project Manager

Joel specializes in
economic analysis, along with
natural resource and
environmental economics.

Office: Portland, OR
Phone: 503.200.5072
Email: ainsworth@econw.com

Education:
M.S. Applied Economics, Oregon State University
B.A. Economics, University of Alaska Anchorage

Joel is a project manager at ECONorthwest, where he supports work on economic impact analyses, along with natural resource and environmental economics. His recent projects for ECONorthwest include projects in healthcare, recreation, and business economics. Prior to ECONorthwest, he worked as an economic and policy analyst where he focused on energy and transportation projects. As a graduate student, much of his work was focused on biofuels and renewable energy.

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Matt Craigie

Project Manager

Matt specializes in
urban development policy,
public/private partnerships,
and finance.

Office: Portland, OR
Phone: 503.200.5090
Email: craigie@econw.com 

Education:
Graduate Certificate in Real Estate Development, Portland State University
M.A. Geography, Binghamton University, SUNY
B.A. Economics, Earlham College

Matt joined ECONorthwest as a Project Manager in 2016. He has over eight years of diverse work experience in the fields of urban planning and real estate in Oregon. He has applied expertise in projects related to development feasibility and strategy, market analyses, and public/private partnerships. Matt is skilled in real estate pro-forma modeling, property valuation, public finance, and urban planning policy. Prior to joining ECONorthwest, Matt was an Urban Development Analyst with Leland Consulting Group where he worked on a diverse portfolio of planning and real estate consulting projects. Before Leland, Matt was in the commercial real estate appraisal business where he conducted valuation and consulting services for public and private sector clients. While in this line of work, Matt valued millions of dollars of commercial, industrial, and residential real estate in the Portland metropolitan area and the Willamette Valley. Previously, Matt was the Economic Development Manager for the City of Woodburn, a Regional Planner for Metro, and a Peace Corps volunteer in the mountains of the Dominican Republic.

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Beth Goodman

Project Manager

Beth specializes in land use planning and policy analysis.

Office: Eugene, OR
Phone: 541.505.7203
Email: goodman@econw.com

 

Education:
M.C.R.P. Community and Regional Planning, University of Oregon
M.P.A. Public Administration, University of Oregon

Beth joined ECONorthwest in 2005 and specializes in land use planning and policy analysis. Her project work focuses on survey development and analysis, market analysis, the economic effect of transportation infrastructure, and program evaluation in a variety of practice areas, including: housing, population, economic forecasting, transportation, tribal issues, and urban comprehensive planning. In much of her project work, she manages and executes complex long-range land-use projects for cities and counties across the United States. While at ECONorthwest, Beth managed a national study of the impact of land use regulations on affordable housing and evaluated the impact of statewide Smart Growth policies on environmental quality in eight states. Beth is an adjunct instructor with the University of Oregon’s Planning, Public Policy and Management program.

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Erin Haswell

Technical Manager

Erin specializes in economic modeling, transportation economics, and programming.

Office: Portland, OR
Phone: 503.200.5091
Email: haswell@econw.com

 

Education:
B.S. Economics, Lewis & Clark College

Erin joined ECONorthwest as a research analyst in 2013. She specializes in quantitative economics and mathematical analysis, which she has applied to projects related to transportation modeling, economic-impact analysis, and online benefit calculators. She has experience in software and web application development, data analysis and data visualization. Erin is skilled in Python, SQL, R, and JavaScript as well as other programming languages. Erin graduated from Lewis & Clark College summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, and with honors in economics.

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Kate Macfarlane

Project Manager

Kate specializes in urban planning and spatial analysis.

Office: Seattle
Phone: 206.388.0084
Email: macfarlane@econw.com

 

Education:
B.A. Environmental Policy, Middlebury College

Kate Macfarlane is a project associate at ECONorthwest who specializes in projects related to urban planning, growth management, and transportation. As GIS Coordinator, Kate oversees ECONorthwest's spatial analysis and cartographic design capabilities. Prior to rejoining ECONorthwest in 2016, she worked at the U.S. Department of Transportation in the Volpe National Transportation Systems Center, where she supported projects in scenario planning, transit-oriented development, and border transportation planning. Kate works with clients and coworkers to create visualizations and reports that effectively communicate complex information.

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Emily Picha

Project Manager

Emily specializes in urban planning and development.

Office: Portland, OR
Phone: 503.200.5089
Email: picha@econw.com

 

Education:
M.A. Urban and Regional Planning, Portland State University
B.A. Global Economics, University of California at Santa Cruz

Emily joined ECONorthwest as a Planner in 2012. At ECONorthwest, Emily provides writing, analysis, project management, and data visualization for planning and development projects. She has six years of planning experience focused on community and economic development, communications, and stakeholder involvement strategies. Picha specializes in translating technical ideas into a public-friendly, digestible format. She has experience crafting on-the-ground stakeholder engagement strategies that solicit meaningful feedback on planning projects. Prior to joining ECONorthwest, Emily worked as a planner at the City of Beaverton, Oregon and Fregonese Associates on projects ranging in scope from downtown development projects to regional plans.

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Sarah Reich

Project Manager

Sarah specializes in natural resource policy and economics.

Office: Portland, OR
Phone: 541.687.0051
Email: reich@econw.com

 

Education: 
M.A. Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning, Tufts University
Certificate in Water: Systems, Science, and Society, Tufts University
H.B.S. Environmental Economics, Policy, and Management, Oregon State University
H.B.S. Geography, Oregon State University

Sarah joined ECONorthwest in 2006, specializing in the study of environmental and natural-resource policy, planning, and economics. Her work focuses on water policy issues and assessing the economic benefits of ecosystem services associated with natural-resource restoration, low-impact development, and sustainable site design. Prior to joining ECONorthwest, Sarah conducted research on public water infrastructure improvements in the New England region, and studied state and federal water policy in the western United States. She has been granted the AICP Outstanding Planning Student of the Year, the Tufts Institute of Environment Graduate Fellowship, and the Capital Press Outstanding Senior in Agriculture.

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Melissa Rowe

Project Manager

Melissa specializes in education and social policy.

Office: Portland, OR
Phone: 503.200.5093
Email: rowe@econw.com

 

Education: 
M.S. Urban Studies, Cleveland State University, Levin College of Urban Affairs
B.A. Humanities, Brigham Young University

Melissa Rowe is a project manager and consultant at ECONorthwest specializing in education and social policy. She manages and collaborates on projects such as quantitative models for national and state-level foundations, program evaluations and studies using student-level longitudinal data, and research on poverty reduction strategies. Prior to joining ECONorthwest, Melissa was the managing editor of Economic Development Quarterly, a peer-reviewed journal focused on the intersection of theory and practice in U.S. economic revitalization.

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Erik Rundell

Project Manager

Erik specializes in urban planning and development.

Office: Seattle, WA
Phone: 206.388.0080
Email: rundell@econw.com

 

Education:
M.U.R.P. Portland State University
Certificate, Commercial Real Estate, University of Washington
Graduate Certificate, GIS, University of Wisconsin-Madison
B.A. Geography, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Erik Rundell is a senior policy and GIS analyst and urban planner specializing in land use, demographic, economic and market analysis, as well as fiscal impacts and funding strategies. He works with clients to understand and address their unique challenges and develop strategies for realizing near- and long-term opportunities. Erik is actively involved in the Puget Sound planning community and currently serves on the City of Seattle Urban Forestry Commission and the Capitol Hill EcoDistrict Steering Committee in Seattle.

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Michelle Anderson

Project Associate

Michelle specializes in affordable housing, development feasibility, and land use policy.

Office: Portland, OR
Phone: 503.303.6686
Email: anderson@econw.com

 

Education:
Graduate Certificate in Real Estate Development, Portland State University
Master of Urban and Regional Planning, Portland State University
B.A. Economics, Sweet Briar College

Michelle joined ECONorthwest as a project associate in 2016. She specializes in real estate, land use, and affordable housing policy and development. Michelle is skilled in creating and analyzing financial pro-formas, directly engaging with community stakeholders, and employing ArcGIS, SketchUp, and other software to model development feasibility. Prior to joining ECONorthwest, Michelle worked as a Development Associate for a Portland-area real estate firm where she was responsible for both affordable and conventional multi-family housing development. With degrees in economics and urban and regional planning, Michelle is versed in public policy issues ranging in scale from the neighborhood to regional level. Approaching her work with enthusiasm and curiosity, Michelle is always eager to improve communities through policy solutions that mutually benefit the public and private sectors.

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Madeline Baron

Project Associate

Madeline specializes in affordable housing research and policy analysis.

Office: Portland, OR
Phone: 503.200.5078
Email: baron@econw.com

 

Education:
M.P.P. Public Policy, Georgetown University
B.A. Global Business, University of Portland

Madeline joined ECONorthwest as a research associate in 2017. She specializes in affordable housing development, finance, and research and policy analysis, and synthesizes these skills across an array of economic, social and urban development projects. Prior to joining ECONorthwest, Madeline worked in the Asset Management department for the Housing Development Center, specializing in cash flow modelling, financial systems, and gap finance lending for rent-restricted, multifamily affordable housing properties. Prior work experience includes economic consulting for international development projects, local government economic development, and research and analysis in corporate finance. Madeline is a member of the Portland City Club, and actively volunteers with Dress for Success Oregon.

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Marley Buchman

Project Associate

Marley specializes in
economic modeling and
statistical programming.

Office: Portland, OR
Phone: 503.837.3418
Email: buchman@econw.com

Marley joined ECONorthwest as a project associate in 2017. He specializes in economic impact modeling, statistical programming, and data analysis, providing insights across a wide range of economic, education, and urban development projects. Before joining ECONorthwest Marley worked as a Senior Economic Associate for Regional Economic Models Inc. While at REMI Marley modeled the economic and fiscal impacts of changes in transportation, taxation, energy, and environmental policies across the U.S. He has experience in machine learning, data visualization with Shiny, and is an expert in both using REMI models for policy analysis, and statistical programming in R.

 

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Lisa Rau

Project Associate

Lisa specializes in education
and social program and
policy analysis.

Office: Portland, OR
Phone: 503.200.5085
Email: rau@econw.com

Education:
B.A. Economics, University of Oregon

Lisa specializes in education and social policy analysis, including both qualitative and quantitative approaches. Her recent work has included an evaluation of the condition of education for student members of Oregon’s Tribes and estimating the economic benefits of early cancer detection. She is adept at defining and communicating approaches to new and complex problems, with consideration for stakeholder input collected via telephone interviews and in-person meetings and focus groups. Lisa graduated from the University of Oregon magna cum laude with a Bachelors of Arts in Economics, with a minor in Business Administration.

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Matthew Braymer-Hayes

Senior Analyst

Matt specializes in data analysis, data engineering, and software development.

Office: Portland, OR
Phone: 503.200.5062
Email: braymerhayes@econw.com

 

Since joining ECONorthwest in 2015, Matt's work includes data collection and processing, econometric modeling, database management, and web development. He has experience in public policy analysis, machine learning, and data visualization. His programming skillset includes Python, R, SQL, and Bash scripting, as well as other languages.

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Korinne Breed

Research Analyst

Korinne specializes in environmental economics, urban planning, and social policy.

Office: Portland, OR
Phone: 503-200-5079
Email: breed@econw.com

 

Education:
B.A. Economics and International Studies, University of Oregon Clark Honors College

Korinne joined ECONorthwest as a research analyst in 2017. She specializes in data analysis and research related to urban planning, natural resource valuation, and social policy. Prior to joining ECONorthwest, Korinne worked as a program assistant for a nonprofit involved in energy efficiency and renewable power. Korinne graduated from the University of Oregon Clark Honors College with a B.A. in Economics and International Studies.

Tadhg Fendt

Research Analyst

Tadhg specializes in data analysis and programming.

Office: Portland, OR
Phone: 503.200.5080
Email: fendt@econw.com

 

Education:
B.A. Economics, Lewis & Clark College

Tadhg joined ECONorthwest as a research analyst in 2016. He specializes in programming and data collection and analysis. He works most frequently with Python and SQL on projects related to housing, planning and development, and social policy. Prior to joining ECONorthwest, Tadhg worked as a business intelligence developer and data analyst in agile software development and with the federal government.

Ryan Knapp

Research Analyst

Ryan specializes in modeling, data analysis, and applied statistics.

Office: Eugene, OR
Phone: 541.600.8360
Email: knapp@econw.com

 

Education: 
B.S. Economics, University of Oregon
B.S. Applied Mathematics, University of Oregon

Ryan joined ECONorthwest in September of 2014. His college studies focused extensively on econometric modeling, applied statistics, and regression theory. He is currently applying his data analytical skills in a variety of practice areas, such as: litigation support, social policy, and natural resources.

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Margaret Raimann

Research Analyst

Margaret specializes in cartographic design and spatial analysis.

Office: Portland, OR
Phone: 503.200.5097
Email: raimann@econw.com

 

Education:
B.A. Human Geography, Cartography/GIS, and Environmental Studies, University of Wisconsin

Margaret joined ECONorthwest as a research analyst in 2016. She specializes in cartographic design and spatial analysis, which she has applied to projects related to planning and development and natural resources. Margaret is skilled in ArcGIS, QGIS, and the Adobe Suite, as well as other spatial technologies. Prior to joining ECONorthwest, Margaret worked as a Cartographer specializing in print and interactive mapping for clients in various industries including education and environmental advocacy.

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Jared Rollier

Research Analyst

Jared specializes in economic impact analysis.

Office: Portland, OR
Phone: 503.200.5069
Email: rollier@econw.com

 

Education: 
B.S. Economics, Portland State University

Jared is a research analyst at ECONorthwest who specializes in economic impact analysis. His recent projects for ECONorthwest have been in business, and healthcare economics. He supports other work by collecting and analyzing data relating to business market studies, socioeconomic impact analysis, and economic development projects.

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Virginia Wiltshire-Gordon

Research Analyst

Virginia specializes in environmental economics and spatial analysis.

Office: Portland
Phone: 503.200.5092
Email: wiltshiregordon@econw.com

 

Education:
B.A. Environmental Economics, Middlebury College   

Virginia joined ECONorthwest as a research analyst in July, 2016. She specializes in economic and spatial analysis, which she has applied to projects related to cost/benefit analysis, economic impact analysis, and data visualizations. Virginia is skilled in Stata, ArcGIS, and QGIS, as well as other spatial technologies. Prior to joining ECONorthwest, Virginia wrote a senior thesis examining the interactions of environmental and income inequality in the United States and was involved with research through an REU program visualizing a hedonic analysis of property value correlated with proximity to varying public land uses in the Adirondack Park. Virginia graduated magna cum laude from Middlebury College with a B.A. in Environmental Economics and minors in Mathematics and Biology.

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Laura Knudson

Marketing Coordinator

Laura provides proposal coordination and editorial services for staff in Seattle and throughout the firm.

Office: Seattle
Phone: 206.388.0079
Email: knudson@econw.com

 

Education:
B.S. Communication Studies, Western Oregon University

Laura is a marketing coordinator for ECONorthwest. Based in Seattle, Washington, Laura provides proposal coordination and editorial services for staff in Seattle and throughout the firm.

Tina Morgan

Marketing Coordinator

Tina specializes in proposal coordination, layout and design, and branding.

Office: Portland, OR
Phone: 503.200.5067
Email: morgan@econw.com

 

Education:
M.S. Writing, Portland State University
B.A. English, Indiana University

Tina is a marketing coordinator for ECONorthwest. Based in Portland, Oregon, Tina works with staff and clients to produce proposals, reports, graphics, and communications that are attractive, comprehensible, and accessible to a diverse audience.

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Cindy O’Connell

Controller

Cindy oversees all corporate financial reporting and accounting processes.

Office: Portland
Phone: 503.200.5076
Email: oconnell@econw.com

 

Education:
B.A. Accounting, George Fox University

Cindy is the Controller for ECONorthwest. Working from the company headquarters in Portland, Oregon, Cindy oversees all corporate financial reporting and accounting processes. She is an active member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Oregon Society of Certified Public Accountants.

Kristin Roosmalen

Office Administrator

Kristin oversees all general office functions and the contracting process.

Office:  Portland, OR
Phone:  503.200.5068
Email: roosmalen@econw.com

 

Education:
B.S. Business Administration, Cardinal Stritch University
A.S. Accounting/Meeting and Event Management, Madison College

Kristin is the Office Administrator for ECONorthwest. As a member of the administration team, she coordinates general office functions, and serves as the lead and main point of contact for contracts.

Allison Tivnon

Marketing Director

Allison oversees marketing, business development, and media relations.

Office: Portland, OR
Phone: 503.200.5066
Email: tivnon@econw.com

 

Education:
M.S. Writing, Portland State University
B.A. English, California State University at Bakersfield

Allison is the Marketing Director for ECONorthwest. Working from the company headquarters in Portland, Oregon, she oversees internal and external marketing operations, and guides firm-wide strategy for business development and outreach. Allison is the first point of contact for media inquiries, sponsorship requests, and speaking engagements.