2021 Leadership Series: Economic Outlook and Expectations for Recovery
Stay informed on the regional and local economic outlook as we move into recovery form the COVID-19 pandemic. The January Leadership Series will focus on the Economic Outlook and Expectations for Recovery. It will be in a virtual format that will allow participants to view the event from the convenience of their home or work.
Attendees will hear directly from expert economists on trends in the local, regional, and national economy.
Richard Kasmin, NJEDA Chief Economist
Richard Kasmin is the Chief Economist for the NJEDA, bringing a wealth of knowledge and experience in economics and statistical analysis to the NJEDA. Richard spent more than 20 years as an economist and strategist in the financial investment industry, specializing in analyzing and forecasting economic activity, labor market dynamics, and inflation.
Immediately prior to joining the NJEDA, Richard spent two years an analyst at the National Institute of Early Education Research, where his work focused on public financing and the net economic benefits of early childhood education.
Along with his work for the NJEDA, Richard is also an adjunct professor of macroeconomics at County College of Morris. Richard holds masters’ degrees in economics from NYU and business administration from Cornell University, and he is currently a PhD candidate in education policy at Rutgers University, specializing in the economics of education.
Oliver D. Cooke, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Economics at Stockton University
Oliver Cooke is Associate Professor of Economics at Stockton University. He teaches courses in macroeconomics, ecological economics, U.S. economic history and political economy. Dr. Cooke has nearly twenty years of experience conducting research on metropolitan area and state economies, labor and real estate markets, and public policies. He created and authors the South Jersey Economic Review. He regularly consults for a wide variety of public and private sector institutions. He is currently program coordinator for Stockton’s Economics Program, and co-chairs Stockton’s Economic Inequality Initiative. Prior to his academic career, Dr. Cooke was a research associate at the Fiscal Policy Institute and an analyst at Deutsche Bank, both in New York City. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. His doctoral dissertation, Rethinking Municipal Privatization, was published by Routledge in 2008. He is currently writing a book on economic inequality.
Dr. Tracy Hadden Loh, Fellow with the Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Center for Transformative Placemaking at the Brookings Institution
Prior to joining Brookings, Tracy was senior data scientist at the Center for Real Estate & Urban Analysis at the George Washington University School of Business. She was previously the director of research at the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy. She is a graduate of DC public schools and holds a Ph.D. in city and regional planning from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In addition to her research interest in placemaking, she served two years representing Ward 1 on the Mount Rainier City Council in Prince George’s County, Md. Dr. Loh is currently a member of the Transportation Research Board Standing Committee on Bicycle Transportation at the National Academy of Sciences.
Dr. Loh’s research focuses on commercial real estate and how place-level assets interact and affect the opportunities, prospects, and resilience of the people and enterprises that call a place home. She has recently written about the impact of COVID-19 on the retail sector and the need for governance reform to address the extreme and growing spatialization of inequality in U.S. metropolitan regions.
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