Dr. Christopher Thornberg is the Founding Partner of Beacon Economics, LLC, an independent research and consulting firm. He is also Director of the UC Riverside School of Business Center for Economic Forecasting and Development and an Adjunct Professor at the School.
Manny Lamarre is a Senior Program Associate at WestEd working on initiatives that strengthen the improvement of workforce and education that leads to economic mobility for youth and adults. He serves as an expert in areas such as career pathways, work-based learning and apprenticeships, industry partnerships, and federal policies. Manny was the Founding Executive Director of the Nevada Governor’s Office of Workforce Innovation and the Governor’s Designee on the Governor’s Workforce Development Board aiding and leading in the implementation of the state’s workforce vision and policies from 2015-2019.
Bruce Katz is the Founding Director of the Nowak Metro Finance Lab at Drexel University in Philadelphia. Previously he served as inaugural Centennial Scholar at Brookings Institution. He is a Visiting Professor in Practice at London School of Economics, and previously served as chief of staff to the secretary of Housing and Urban Development and staff director of the Senate Subcommittee on Housing and Urban Affairs.