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, PhD is an economist and partner at ECONorthwest, an economics consulting firm where he leads the natural resources practice area. He specializes in market and non-market valuation particularly involving water resources, with extensive experience on green infrastructure and wastewater treatment. He has designed and led studies for associated state and federal regulatory and resource agencies, local municipalities, non-governmental organizations, and the Department of Justice as a testifying expert. His research and peer-reviewed publications also address individual decision-making in terms of behavior and response to intentional and unintentional incentives particularly in the context of landscape-scale efforts to restore natural functions and adapt to climate uncertainty. He is currently serving as lead economist for the Bacteria TMDL Cost-Benefit Analysis for San Diego and Orange Counties, and USEPA just released a study of green stormwater infrastructure current and potential benefits in Seattle he directed.

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Dr. Kevin E. Cahill

Project Director / Expert Witness / Partner

Kevin specializes in the economics of aging, labor economics, 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 Gerontologist, The Journal of Human Resources, Research on Aging, The 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? (May 2018)

Challenges and Opportunities of Living and Working Longer (September 2017)

The Relative Effectiveness of the Minimum Wage and the Earned Income Tax Credit as Anti-Poverty Tools (April 2017)

To What Extent is Gradual Retirement a Product of Financial Necessity? (January 2017)

The Impact of Oregon’s Pension Legacy Costs on New Teacher Turnover and Quality (August 2016)

Retirement Plans and Active Aging: Perspectives in Three Countries (August 2016)

Pension Generosity in Oregon and its Impact on the K12 Workforce (April 2016)

The New World of Retirement Income Security in America (May 2016)

Evolving Patterns of Work and Retirement (2016)

Recent Expert Testimony

Arbitration between the City of Portland and the Portland Fire Fighters’ Association, opinion as to the generosity of the Oregon Public Service Retirement Plan (OPSRP) relative to firefighters’ pension benefits in comparable cities, testimony taken in arbitration, September 26, 2017.

James Moffat and Gayle Moffat vs. Cedar Grove Composting, Inc., loss of use and enjoyment of property proceeding, Superior Court for Snohomish County, State of Washington, opinion as to defendant’s positive economic impacts and achievement of stated public policy goals, testimony taken in trial, April 3, 2017.

Mobilitie, LLC Petition for Declaratory Ruling before the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in the Matter of Promoting Broadband for All Americans by Prohibiting Excessive Charges for Access to Public Rights of Way, WT Docket No. 16-421, opinion as the economics of local government right of way fees, written testimony submitted to the FCC, March 8, 2017; reply declaration submitted to the FCC, April 7, 2017.

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, rebuttal testimony on behalf of Standing Rock Sioux Tribe regarding the socioeconomic analysis contained in the U.S. Department of State’s Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement on the Keystone XL Pipeline Project, testimony taken in Pierre, SD in front of the PUC, August 3, 2015.

Multnomah County vs. Conway Construction Company, et al., bridge construction damages proceeding, Multnomah County Circuit Court, Oregon, opinion as to plaintiff’s economic damages due to the installation of defective bridge decking, testimony taken in trial, February 25, 2015.

KForce vs. Brett Oxenhandler, et al., business damages proceeding, United States District Court, Western District of Washington at Seattle, opinion as to plaintiff’s calculation of economic damages, testimony taken in deposition, February 5, 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, opinion as to the apportionment of damages across purchaser and product groups, testimony taken in deposition, August 11, 2014.

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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, a Senior Economist and partner at ECONorthwest, has expertise in program evaluation and applied microeconomic analysis in a variety of areas. He has developed and applied sophisticated econometric models in labor, education, state human services, crime, and other areas. His published research includes a peer-reviewed study examining the relationship between election cycles and the criminal justice system, and an evaluation of North Carolina job-training programs that was cited in the President’s Council of Economic Advisor’s July 2009 “Preparing the workers of today for the jobs of tomorrow” report. Recent work at ECONorthwest includes projects on K-12 and post-secondary education, workforce development, benefit-cost analysis, child support enforcement, healthcare, and regional modeling of local labor markets and other aspects of the economy.

Prior to joining ECONorthwest, Dr. Dyke was most recently a finance and policy analyst for the Public Health Division of Oregon Department of Human Services. Dr. Dyke has also taught economics and statistics courses at the University of North Carolina-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 Partner and Project Director specializing in the evaluation of the intersection between public investment and community development. Her recent projects have identified creative approaches to investment in redevelopment and affordable housing for local governments. Lorelei is well-versed with tools such as public-private partnerships, urban renewal, and catalytic investments. Many recent projects have focused on implementation of equitable housing outcomes, including development of the State of Oregon’s first Statewide Housing Plan, which seeks approaches to incent the development of affordable and mixed income housing along potential new light rail lines and to evaluate public sector tools for housing developing. Other recent projects include feasibility and implementation strategies for bringing new private development to Olympia, Washington’s downtown; a strategy for redeveloping a former industrial property in downtown St. Helens, Oregon; and an evaluation of the role that new development might play in causing residential displacement and gentrification in Portland and its suburbs. She has also worked on projects that explore options for development or redevelopment in a number of communities, including downtown Beaverton, Oregon; Austin, Texas; and downtown Boise, Idaho. Lorelei is a Partner and sits on the Board of Directors for ECONorthwest. She is a Trustee for Oregon’s Chapter of the Nature Conservancy.

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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 conducts economic, financial, and policy analyses on projects related to real estate, land use, and transportation. He has deep expertise in economic, market, and financial analytics that he brings to bear in business, enterprise, and policy settings. Morgan regularly works for a range of government, business, and non-profit clients providing analyses that highlight opportunities, consequences, and trade-offs of decisions affecting land and infrastructure. Before joining ECONorthwest, Morgan worked in biotechnology development at the Institute for Systems Biology, and health disparities research at the University of Chicago. Morgan recently served 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. Since his arrival at ECONorthwest in 1997, John has built consulting practices in education, healthcare, human service, and tax policy. The education practice is organized around the use of student-level data to evaluate programs for clients including the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Lumina Foundation, Idaho’s Albertson Family Foundation, and Oregon’s Chalkboard Project. John also led the design and development of award-winning software tools in nine states that help low-income families, seniors, people with disabilities, and veterans understand their eligibility for safety-net programs.

Prior to joining ECONorthwest, John served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Chile and was an Analyst at the U.S. Congressional Budget Office, where he estimated the cost of key congressional legislation. He holds degrees from the University of Oregon and Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.

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Allison Tivnon

Marketing Director / Partner

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. She is currently a Commissioner for the Arts Commission with the City of Beaverton, a member of the Leadership Council for the PDX Marketing Forum, the Chair of the SMPS Business Development Roundtable, and a former Board Governor for City Club of Portland (2015-2018). Allison is the first point of contact for media inquiries, sponsorship requests, and speaking engagements.

Dr. Michael Wilkerson

Project Director / Partner

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. Michael Wilkerson is a Project Director and Partner at ECONorthwest. He brings over 10 years of private-sector experience as an economic consultant and as an analyst in the financial services industry. Mike studies urban economics for both public and private sector clients—with a focus on land use, transportation, and real estate development and how they interact with the regional economy. Using a data-driven approach that focuses on spatial analysis, he conducts housing market analyses, development feasibility studies, TOD implementation studies and master plans, economic impact analyses, and provides expert testimony.  He presents at national conferences on topics related to real estate economics, including the American Planning Association and the Urban Land Institute. Mike is currently an adjunct professor of economics at Portland State University. 

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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. 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 considers land use planning, real estate investment, transit planning, transit-oriented development (TOD), affordable housing, 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, especially the implementation of equitable transit-oriented 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.

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Dr. Adam Domanski

Project Director

Adam specializes in environmental economics, natural resource damage assessment, and applied econometrics.

Office: Seattle, WA
Phone: 206-387-4364
Email: domanski@econw.com



Education:
Ph.D. Economics, North Carolina State University
M.E. Economics, North Carolina State University
B.A. Economics, College of William and Mary

Dr. Adam Domanski is a Project Director at ECONorthwest who specializes in environmental and natural resource economics, natural resource damage assessment, applied econometrics, and nonmarket valuation. He has extensive experience valuing changes to public and environmental goods using quantitative methods. Prior to joining ECONorthwest, Adam was an economist with NOAA’s Office of Response and Restoration and was responsible for assessing ecological and human use injuries resulting from oil spills and chronic hazardous waste contamination. He also served as the Acting Deputy Director of NOAA’s Marine Debris Program and represented the Agency at the 2017 G20 meetings in Germany. Adam is a member of the American Economic Association and the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists.

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Beth Goodman

Project Director

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 Goodman is a Project Director and Senior Planner at ECONorthwest with a professional focus on long-range growth management, land use planning, and policy analysis. Beth specializes in housing and economic development planning and policy analysis for cities and counties in the Pacific Northwest and across the United States. She analyzes long-range housing needs in the context of demographic changes and affordable housing need, including developing housing policies to respond to housing deficits. She analyzes economic development growth potential, land need for commercial and industrial growth, and development of policies to encourage and stimulate economic growth. Beth works with cities to evaluate opportunities for expansion of urban growth boundaries of Oregon cities. Beth is an adjunct instructor with the University of Oregon’s Planning, Public Policy and Management program.

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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 Kitchen is a Senior Policy Analyst with over 20 years of experience in transportation planning analysis and economic development. Matthew brings the unique combination of experience with a major, innovative MPO (Puget Sound Regional Council) and as leader of ECONorthwest’s transportation economics practice. The latter practice includes its managed lane practice using ECONorthwest’s Toll Optimization Model (TOM). He specializes in transportation planning, economics and financial analysis. 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, including a $3 million behavioral research experiment, the Traffic Choices Study.

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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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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 Mastromonaco 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 environmental policy, litigation support, and real estate markets. Ralph is an expert in econometric methods and is fluent in modern scientific computing methods. Prior to joining ECONorthwest, Ralph was an Assistant Professor of Economics at the University of Oregon, where his research focused on environmental policy, the housing market, 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 Parker is a Senior Project Director with ECONorthwest with a background in land-use, growth management, housing, and transportation planning. Bob has extensive experience with demographic analysis and forecasting, survey design analysis, economic impact analysis, , and computer modeling. Bob’s specialty is the nexus between land-use planning, housing, and economic development. He has conducted numerous urban growth boundary assessments, market analysis and feasibility studies, and surveys for cities throughout Oregon. Bob also serves as the Executive Director of the Institute for Policy Research and Engagement (IPRE) at the University of Oregon. IPRE includes the award-winning Community Planning Workshop and RARE programs. Bob is an Instructor in the Department of Planning, Public Policy, and Management at the University of Oregon, where he teaches core courses in the graduate Community and Regional Planning program. Bob is a member of the American Planning Association and has been certified by the American Institute of Certified Planners since 1998.

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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 Whelan is a Project Director who has been with ECONorthwest since 1996. He specializes in market research, strategic planning, feasibility analysis, and economic forecasting. He has successfully used his skills to advise Indian tribes, local governments, nonprofit organizations, and businesses on strategies, new developments, expansions, and social/economic assessments. He has analyzed a wide range of industries including retailing, tourism, electronics, energy, construction, casino gaming, agriculture, food stores, film and video production, manufacturing, and residential housing. Before joining ECONorthwest, Robert was a Mineral Economist for the State of Oregon. He has also worked as a Director of Strategic Planning for a major northwest corporation, as a Manager of Market Research for a multinational materials company, and as a Senior Economist for a division of the 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.

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 Ainsworth is a Project Manager at ECONorthwest, where he specializes in applied economic analysis. His recent projects for ECONorthwest include topics healthcare, social policy, and business economics. Joel also leads many of the firm’s input-output analyses to evaluate regulatory and public policy decisions, and helping businesses understand how they contribute to the regional economy.

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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 Craigie joined ECONorthwest as a Project Manager in 2016. He specializes in bridging the gap between public sector goals and private sector realities, especially as they relate in the fields of urban planning and real estate development. In addition to managing projects, he serves as a technical advisor on market, financial, and site-specific analyses. Matt enjoys identifying the key data and attributes in each project that make for a compelling story.

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, he 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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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 Haswell is a Technical Manager at ECONorthwest with a background in quantitative economics and mathematical analysis. Since joining ECONorthwest in 2013, Erin has worked on a range of projects including traffic and revenue forecasts, online benefit calculators, and transportation management and pricing. She has experience in forecasting, econometric modeling, algorithm implementation, data analysis, and web development. Erin is skilled in Python, Django, and R, as well as other programming languages. She specializes in software development related to traffic and revenue models and data analysis and visualization. She has worked on the development of customized models to estimate the revenue potential from managed lanes for freeways in Southern California and the San Francisco Bay Area. Erin manages a suite of websites and is the lead software developer for ECONorthwest’s proprietary Toll Optimization Model©.

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Becky Hewitt

Project Manager

Becky specializes in urban planning, spatial analysis, and land use policy.

Office: Portland, OR
Phone: 503-200-5077
Email: hewitt@econw.com



Education:
M.R.E.D., Portland State University
M.U.R.P. Land Use Specialization, Portland State University
Continuing Studies in Sustainable Design, Boston Architectural College
B.S. Engineering: Civil and Environmental Engineering, Duke University

Becky joined ECONorthwest as a Project Manager in 2018. She has over 10 years of experience in urban planning and land use analysis as well as graduate education in both urban planning and real estate development. Becky is a strong writer with skills in spatial and data analysis and excels in synthesizing complex information into cohesive summaries and recommendations. She has experience designing and implementing public and stakeholder engagement and managing complex multi-disciplinary projects. Prior to joining ECONorthwest, Becky was a Senior Planner with Angelo Planning Group where she worked on a wide range of land use and transportation planning projects, including corridor revitalization plans, concept plans for developing areas, development code audits and updates, and housing analyses.

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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 Technical Manager at ECONorthwest who specializes in projects related to urban planning, housing policy, and transportation. As GIS Coordinator, Kate oversees ECONorthwest's spatial analysis and cartographic design capabilities. Prior to rejoining ECONorthwest in 2016, Kate 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 deliver useful products 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 Reich joined ECONorthwest as a Policy Analyst in 2006. She specializes in environmental and natural-resource policy, planning, and economics. Her professional and academic experience focuses on water-policy issues, watershed management decisions, and socioeconomic dimensions of environmental planning. Sarah has recently assessed the economic benefits and costs of investments in water supply infrastructure, watershed restoration projects, green infrastructure approaches for managing stormwater, and sustainable site design. All of these projects involved detailed quantitative and qualitative assessment using an ecosystem-services framework grounded in science and economics. She has also managed large-scale socioeconomic analyses for federal and state environmental review. She has presented at regional and national conferences. In 2006, she was recognized with an AICP Outstanding Student Award.

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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 joined ECONorthwest in 2010, specializing in education and social policy. Her areas of expertise include program evaluation, policy research, and technical writing. Melissa's project work focuses on education outcomes, state and regional economic conditions, poverty reduction strategies, and human service programs. She has collaborated on projects for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Lumina Foundation, Oregon’s Chalkboard Project, the Oregon Business Council, the Women’s Foundation of Oregon, Idaho’s J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Foundation, and Washington’s League of Education Voters. 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. She also coauthored a demographic analysis of poverty and self-sufficiency in Oregon that illustrates the use of an alternative measure of income adequacy. Melissa was awarded the Howard I. Bruce Award for Excellence from the Levin College of Urban Affairs.

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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 Project Manager specializing in urban planning and development. Erik’s work focuses on land use and real estate development potential and fiscal analysis to inform policy and investment decisions and to develop strategies for growth and redevelopment, infrastructure investments, and policy implementation. Erik is actively involved in the Puget Sound planning community and currently serves on 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. 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 Baron joined ECONorthwest as a Project Associate in 2017. She specializes in affordable housing, finance, research, and policy analysis. Prior to joining ECONorthwest, Madeline was an Asset Management Project Assistant and assisted with CDFI lending at the Housing Development Center. She provided asset management services, consulting, and technical assistance to 25 affordable housing organizations across the Pacific Northwest, including cash flow modeling, capital needs analysis, loan underwriting, and pro-forma analyses. She ran a data analysis of the financial and physical health of many of these properties and helped develop and present policy solutions to public and private funders. Before the Housing Development Center, she worked as a financial analyst at a brokerage firm in Portland, OR, and held numerous research and data internships in Portland and Washington DC, including with the City of Beaverton, the Economist Intelligence Unit, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, and The Brookings Institution.

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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



Education:
M.S. Economics, Uppsala University
B.S. Economics, Political Science, University of Oregon

Marley is a Technical Manager at ECONorthwest, where 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 and interactive data visualization with Shiny, and is an expert in using economic models for policy analysis and statistical programming in R.

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Sadie DiNatale

Project Associate

Sadie specializes in housing research, land use policy, and community planning.

Office: Portland, OR
Phone: 503.200.5061
Email: dinatale@econw.com



Education:
Master of Community and Regional Planning, University of Oregon
BA Urban and Regional Studies (Planning Emphasis), University of Wisconsin—Green Bay

Sadie joined ECONorthwest as a research associate in 2018. She specializes in housing research and development, land use policy analysis, and community and regional planning. Prior to joining ECONorthwest, Sadie worked in the Real Estate and Cooperative Development department for CASA of Oregon, specializing in the financing of affordable, multi-family housing projects in rural and small towns. Additional work experience includes feasibility consultation, master planning, food systems research, and community outreach.

Laura Marshall

Project Associate

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

Office: Portland, OR
Phone: 503-650-8811
Email: marshall@econw.com



Education:
M.S. Applied Economics and Water Resource Policy & Management, Oregon State University
B.S. Economics and International Studies Major, Business Admin and Spanish Minor, University of Oregon

Laura joined ECONorthwest as a project associate in 2018. She specializes in natural resource policy and economic impact analyses. Her recent projects at ECONorthwest have focused on the economic value of water, wildfire costs, and forestry policy analysis. In her graduate studies, Laura's research involves applied econometrics, water resource policy, and spatial analysis. Prior to joining ECONorthwest, she worked in financial services, as well as on projects related to coastal resiliency and water basin planning.

Margaret Raimann

Project Associate

Margaret specializes in cartographic design and spatial analysis.

Office: Portland, OR
Phone: 503-200-5097
Email: raimann@econw.com



Education:
M.U.R.P., Portland State University
B.A. Human Geography, Cartography/GIS, and Environmental Studies, University of Wisconsin

Margaret Raimann is a project associate at ECONorthwest, specializing in land use planning, spatial analysis, and cartographic design. Margaret joined ECONorthwest as a research analyst in 2016, supporting mapping and GIS needs across most practice areas. She completed a Masters in Urban and Regional Planning in 2018, and is skilled in applying her spatial analysis skills to land use, development, and transportation projects, including work on projects that utilize MapCraft tools.

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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 Rau is a Project Associate at ECONorthwest and specializes in education and social policy analysis, including both qualitative and quantitative approaches. Her recent work has included a three-year evaluation of a comprehensive teacher preparation pathways program and guidance on performance indicators for local government agencies. She also specializes in creative data visualization methods, including scenario analysis dashboards. Lisa graduated from the University of Oregon magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and a minor in Business Administration.

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Marcy Shrader-Lauinger

Project Associate

Marcy specializes in land use, resilience, and natural resource policy.

Office: Seattle, WA
Phone: 503-200-5067
Email: shraderlauinger@econw.com



Education:
Grad. Certificate Economic Development, Virginia Tech
MSc Environmental Management and Policy, University of Bristol
B.A. International Studies: Development, Colby College

Marcy Shrader-Lauinger joined ECONorthwest in 2018. She specializes in land use, resilience, and natural resource policy. She brings a background of policy design and implementation and skills including remote sensing, applied statistics, and climate science. Prior to joining ECONorthwest, Marcy worked for the U.S. federal government managing projects on agriculture, conservation, environmental compliance, and regional economic trade. In that role, she conducted pilot implementation and best practice collection, drafting and executing agency-wide guidance, and coordinating budget and project reporting. Additional work experience includes program and project design, policy analysis, stakeholder engagement, field and site surveys on natural resource management, economic growth, public health, and community development.

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Korinne Breed

Research Analyst

Korinne specializes in natural resource economics, social policy, and data analytics.

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 qualitative research related to natural resource economics, social policy, and urban planning. Korinne utilizes Stata, Excel, and Python to draw actionable insights from data. She also crafts effective visualizations and writing to convey results and conclusions. 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.

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Lauren Butler

Research Analyst

Lauren specializes in applied microeconomics and quantitative analysis.

Office: Boise
Phone: 208-519-3469
Email: butler@econw.com


Education:
B.A, Economics with Quantitative Emphasis, Boise State University

Lauren joined ECONorthwest as a research analyst after graduating magna cum laude from Boise State University. She conducts analyses with large, micro-level data sets using Stata and R and specializes in economic modeling, data analysis, and applied statistics. Lauren works primarily in ECONW's litigation and social policy practice areas, although she assists with a variety of applied microeconomics projects that involve data analysis. While at Boise State, Lauren received the Len B. and Grace Jordan Scholarship and authored a senior thesis that evaluated evidence-based policies within community corrections for the Idaho Department of Correction.


Carter Danforth

Research Analyst

Carter specializes in data analysis, economic modeling, and programming.

Office: Portland
Phone: 503-200-5088
Email: danforth@econw.com



Education:
B.S. Applied and Computational Mathematical Sciences, University of Washington
B.S. Economics, University of Washington

Carter joined ECONorthwest as a research analyst in 2018. He specializes in data analysis, economic modeling, and programming in R, Stata, and Python.

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Ryan Knapp

Senior 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 Knapp joined ECONorthwest in late September of 2014. He works extensively with applied statistics and uses this in the scope of litigation support, education/social policy, market analyses, and planning and development. He is developing his professional report writing skills to effectively communicate economic data to decision makers.

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Jared Rollier

Senior 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 senior analyst at ECONorthwest who specializes in economic and fiscal impact modeling, pro forma modeling, and data analysis. His recent projects for ECONorthwest have been in the business economics and real-estate development fields. Jared has acquired understanding of various business models through conducting economic impact studies across industries. Jared is an expert in excel and transforming and analyzing data with the statistical programming language, R.

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Angelica True

Research Analyst

Angelica specializes in data management and research in education and social policy and urban planning and development.

Office: Portland, OR
Phone: 503-200-5070
Email: true@econw.com


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

Angelica began as a Research Analyst at ECONorthwest in May of 2018. She provides data support for various projects in Education and Social Policy and in Urban Systems. Angelica contributes to research, analysis, and the writing of reports and technical memorandums for projects. Her work includes data analysis for various educational non-profits and organizations across the country, in addition to analysis of demographic and economic data for housing needs and economic market analyses. She graduated summa cum laude and Phi Betta Kappa from Lewis & Clark College with a degree in Economics and English in May of 2018.

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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 Wiltshire-Gordon 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 though 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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Kristin Cole

Office Administrator

Kristin oversees all general office functions and the contracting process.

Office:  Portland, OR
Phone:  503-200-5068
Email: cole@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.

Alicia DeMellier

Marketing Coordinator

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

Office: Portland
Phone: 503-200-5099
Email: demellier@econw.com

 

Education:
M.F.A. Collaborative Design, Pacific Northwest College of Art
B.F.A. Graphic Design, Northeastern State University

Alicia is a marketing coordinator for ECONorthwest. Based in Portland, Oregon, Alicia works with staff and clients to produce proposals, reports, graphics and data visualizations, and other deliverables that are clean, comprehensible, and accessible to a diverse audience.

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.

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.