Staff Bios

A dedicated team of professionals committed to giving our
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Christopher Thornberg founded Beacon Economics LLC in 2006. Under his leadership the firm has become one of the most respected research organizations in California serving public and private sector clients across the United States. In 2015, Dr. Thornberg also became Director of the UC Riverside School of Business Center for Economic Forecasting and Development and an Adjunct Professor at the School.

An expert in economic and revenue forecasting, regional economics, economic policy, and labor and real estate markets, Dr. Thornberg has consulted for private industry, cities, counties, and public agencies in Los Angeles, San Francisco and the Bay Area, San Diego, the Inland Empire, Seattle, Orange County, Sacramento, Nevada, and other geographies across the nation. Recent and ongoing projects include an analysis of minimum wage programs for the City of Los Angeles; housing and rent control studies for the California Apartment Association; quarterly regional economic outlooks for the East Bay Economic Development Alliance; a recession recovery plan for the City and County of San Francisco; an annual economic assessment of LA’s city council districts for the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce; an analysis of the local technology industry for the Santa Cruz County Workforce Development Board; and economic impact studies for the 2024 Los Angeles Olympic Games Committee and the University of Southern California.

Dr. Thornberg became nationally known for forecasting the subprime mortgage market crash that began in 2007, and was one of the few economists on record to predict the global economic recession that followed. In 2015, he was named to California State Treasurer John Chiang’s Council of Economic Advisors, the body that advises the Treasurer on emerging strengths and vulnerabilities within the state’s economy. From 2008 to 2012, he served as economic advisor to the California State Controller’s Office, and as Chair of then State Controller John Chiang’s Council of Economic Advisors.

Well known for his ability to capture and hold audiences, Dr. Thornberg has presented to hundreds of leading business, government, and nonprofit organizations across the globe including Chevron, The New Yorker, Colliers International, the California Chamber of Commerce, City National Bank, the California State Association of Counties, State Farm Insurance, the City of Los Angeles, the California and Nevada Credit Union League, and the National Steel and Shipbuilding Company, among many others. He has testified before the U.S. Congress House Committee on Financial Services on municipal debt issues, before the California State Assembly Committee on Revenue and Taxation regarding rule changes related to Proposition 13, and before the Los Angeles City Council about proposed changes to local minimum wage laws.

Dr. Thornberg is a panel member of the National Association of Business Economists’ quarterly “Outlook,” and a contributor to monthly economics polls published by the Wall Street Journal and Reuters. He also serves as Chair of the California Chamber of Commerce Economic Advisory Council, is on the Board of Directors of the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce, is an Executive Member of the Central City Association (Los Angeles), and is a member of the California Association for Local Economic Development. Prior to launching Beacon Economics Dr. Thornberg was a senior economist with UCLA’s Anderson Forecast. He previously taught in the MBA program at UCLA’s Anderson School, in the Rady School of Business at UC San Diego, and at Thammasat University in Bangkok, Thailand. He has also held a faculty position in the economics department at Clemson University.

A well-known media commentator, Dr. Thornberg has appeared on CNN and NPR and is regularly quoted in major national dailies including the Wall Street Journal and New York Times.

Originally from upstate New York, Dr. Thornberg holds a Ph.D in Business Economics from The Anderson School at UCLA, and a B.S. in Business Administration from the State University of New York at Buffalo.

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Sherif Hanna

Managing Partner

Office: 424.646.4656
Cell: 323.356.3406

[email protected]

Sherif Hanna is Managing Partner at Beacon Economics, LLC. Mr. Hanna has over 30 years of operations management experience and guides the long-term direction of the firm, establishing short-term goals, objectives, and strategies to achieve that vision. He also oversees the Economic, Fiscal, and Social Impact Analysis practice area, one of the firm’s core competencies. He has helped build Beacon Economics’ name and client base through a focus on customer service and by creating strategic partnerships with key business and community institutions and organizations. He works extensively with senior executives in state and local government and at Fortune 500 companies that span industries such as manufacturing, banking and finance, insurance, real estate, and global trade.

Mr. Hanna is responsible for continually improving and expanding product lines and business development strategies, and for overseeing critical roles at the firm that affect client service, growth, administration, and the professional development of staff.  He honed his managerial and strategic planning skills at both small and large companies and has particular expertise in workflow re-engineering, start-up management, and business development.

Prior to joining Beacon Economics, Mr. Hanna was Managing Director of the UCLA Anderson Forecast where he identified areas of underperformance and refined operations to ensure higher levels of productivity. Earlier in his career, Mr. Hanna was Senior Vice President of Consulting Sales and Strategic Alliances at The Advisory Company, and prior to that he was Vice President of Technology Sales and Business Development for AnnuityScout where he was responsible for national sales and account management of groundbreaking B2B and B2C technology. He also served in executive positions at American General Corp.

A long time Los Angeles resident, Mr. Hanna serves on the Executive Committee of the Central City Association (Los Angeles). He holds a B.A. in Political Science from California State University at Northridge.

Adam J. Fowler

Director of Research

Office: 424.646.4661

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Adam J. Fowler is Director of Research at Beacon Economics, LLC. Mr. Fowler leads the firm’s Sustainable Growth and Development practice area and its Housing, Land Use, and Real Estate Advisory. His projects focus on economic and workforce development strategies, environmental economics and domestic energy, housing and population trends, the creative economy and its workforce, public opinion and attitudes, public policy analysis, and regional economics. He is also Director of Research at the UC Riverside School of Business Center for Economic Forecasting and Development.

Recently, he led a high-profile analysis illustrating the economic benefits of professionalizing the early childcare and education workforce in Los Angeles County for UNITE-LA. He also co-authored a high profile analysis of the film and digital media industry in Los Angeles for the Los Angeles County Economic Development Division, highlighting technological disruption and the competitive value of diversity. Other recent high-profile projects include an analysis and critique of California’s regional housing goals for the public policy group Next 10, and the Otis Report on the Creative Economy 2021 for the Otis College of Art and Design. Mr. Fowler also oversees the firm’s research staff. His academic interests include the intersection of behavioral economics and public policy.

Formerly, he served as a Research Manager at Beacon Economics, and prior to joining the firm, was a member of the Fox Uncertainty Lab and the Consortium of Behavioral Scientists. He served as a teaching assistant in American Government, Public Opinion, and Introductory Game Theory at the University of California, Los Angeles. Mr. Fowler also worked as a producer on a documentary film that was acquired by HBO. He has provided expert commentary to a wide variety of media outlets, appearing in the New York TimesLos Angeles TimesSan Francisco Chronicle, and Sacramento Business Journal. He is a member of the American Political Science Association, the American Association for Public Opinion Research, and the International Documentary Association.

Mr. Fowler holds an M.A. degree in Political Science from the J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville and a Ph.D. ABD in Political Psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles.

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Victoria Pike Bond

Director of Marketing & Communications

Office: 415.457.6030
Cell: 415.488.7195

[email protected]

Victoria Pike Bond is Director of Marketing & Communications at Beacon Economics, LLC. She is responsible for all internal and external communications at the firm including public and media relations, product marketing, and website development and management.

Ms. Bond is a specialist in the fields of strategic communications and public affairs and has worked with members of the state, national, and international media managing crisis communications and conducting targeted outreach. She served as a press spokesperson for the California State Department of Transportation (Caltrans) and is an accomplished writer of communications pieces including press releases, newsletters, op-eds, marketing materials, proposals, and website content. Before joining Beacon, Ms. Bond managed media relations at the Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC) where she was responsible for all aspects of the institute’s media operation. Prior to that, she was a communications associate for environmental and communication management firm Circlepoint, working on the communication components of major public projects including the San Francisco Bay Bridge retrofit, the 680/24 Interchange reconstruction in Walnut Creek, and the merger of the Union Pacific and Southern Pacific Railroads.

Ms. Bond holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Minnesota.

Taner Osman, PhD

Manager, Regional and Sub-Regional Analysis

Office: 424.666.2166

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Taner Osman is Manager of Regional and Sub-Regional Analysis at Beacon Economics. Dr. Osman plays a leading role in many of the firm’s principal research projects, which currently include examining the potential effect of minimum wage law changes on California’s restaurant industry, and developing labor market analyses and industy profiles for a variety of regional economies. He is also a postdoctoral researcher at the Lewis Center for Regional Policy Studies and an instructor in the Department of Urban Planning at the University of California, Los Angeles. His research focuses on how local economic development and land use policies affect the performance of industries and regional economies. He also specializes in the impact of high-technology industries on local economies.

Dr. Osman co-authored the book “The Rise and Fall of Urban Economies,” a comparative study of the Bay Area and Los Angeles economies published by Stanford University Press. He publishes scholarly work in the areas of economic development, regional economics, and land use planning.

Dr. Osman holds a Ph.D. in Urban Planning from the University of California, Los Angeles with a specialization in regional and international development.

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Patrick Adler, PhD

Manager, Sustainable Growth and Development

Office: 424.666.3838

[email protected]

Patrick Adler is Manager of Sustainable Growth and Development at Beacon Economics. He provides guidance on the firm’s core projects surrounding workforce development and economic development strategy. His current work portfolio includes developing a growth action plan for the City of Industry’s manufacturing sector, creating an economic development and revitalization study for the City of San Bernardino, and building an economic development plan that will deliver a roadmap for economic growth in the Walker River Corridor for the County of Lyon, Nevada.

Prior to joining Beacon Economics, Patrick conducted economic development engagements with municipalities and regional planning agencies in the United States and Canada. His consulting work focuses on identifying promising industrial development pathways and building local capacity for transformative change through stakeholder engagement and consensus building. Earlier projects include conducting an economic study to support the expansion of a municipal airport, creating a workforce assessment for a community college system, and devising a technology transfer strategy for a research university.

Additionally, Patrick has researched broadly on regional innovation and entrepreneurship, and recently on firm headquarters location and the geography of urban technology. He has published academic articles in journals such as Regional Studies, Plos 1, and the Journal of Urban Affairs and has been quoted in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Washington Monthly, and NFL Network, among others. He is also a research affiliate with the School of Cities at The University of Toronto, where he worked full time before joining Beacon Economics.

Patrick’s dissertation research focuses on the role of cultural intermediators—curators—in forging creative ecosystems. As part of that project, he conducted a four-year study of regional exports to 237 American music festivals.

Patrick holds a Ph.D. in Urban Planning from the University of California, Los Angeles with a specialization in regional development, an M.A. in Economic Geography, and a B.A. (with distinction) in Urban Planning and Economic Geography both from The University of Toronto.

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Mazen Bou Zeineddine

Manager, Economic, Fiscal, and Social Impact Analysis

Office: 424.646.4655

[email protected]

Mazen Bou Zeineddine is Manager of Economic, Fiscal, and Social Impact Analysis at Beacon Economics, LLC. Mr. Bou Zeineddine oversees research and client and team development within that practice area in addition to supporting a diverse range of the firm’s principal projects, with a special focus on regional economic analysis.

His recent key projects include examining the economic, fiscal, and social impacts generated by the University of California, the Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens, the Santa Monica Pier, Loyola Marymount University, the Toyota Music Factory, and the RMS Queen Mary. Very recently, he led an economic and fiscal impact analysis of the Gateway Paso Robles, a major mixed-use development that includes hotel, retail, office, and residential space. Mr. Bou Zeineddine presented the study’s findings to the Paso Robles City Council, reflecting the growing focus on tourism as a critical component of the area’s regional economy.

In addition to his economic impact work, Mr. Bou Zeineddine focuses on regional demographic analysis and has completed population forecasts for the San Diego Regional Planning Agency and the Riverside County Transportation Commission. His portfolio of work also includes a high-profile analysis of the creative economy in Los Angeles County and California, a regional demographic forecast for the San Diego Association of Governments, and a forward looking analysis of the healthcare workforce in Los Angeles County. He has produced a regional intelligence report examining local economic trends for the City of San Jose, provided key research support for an in-depth analysis of the tech sector in Santa Cruz County, and assisted with an assessment of future housing needs in the City of Long Beach.

Mr. Bou Zeineddine’s academic interests include econometric analysis and his graduate studies focused heavily on the study of statistics and mathematics, including linear algebra. Prior to joining Beacon Economics, he worked in the Trade and Finance Department of the Al Ahli Bank of Kuwait where he managed client accounts and ensured legal documentation requirements were met. He was also a business analyst for Autokal Inc. where he conducted market research, developed marketing strategies, and tracked website data.

Mr. Bou Zeineddine holds an M.A. in Economics from the University of Southern California and a B.A. in Economics from the State University of New York at Oswego.

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Lachlan Roach

Business Development Manager

Office: 424.666.2165

[email protected]

Lachlan Roach is Business Development Manager at Beacon Economics, LLC. Mr. Roach is responsible for managing the firm’s proposal processes, which includes playing a key role in creating and facilitating business development strategies for a variety of client segments and product offerings. He has professional expertise in managing marketing and business development programs, as well as extensive experience building strategic partnerships and establishing strong collaborative relationships with internal and external stakeholders.

Prior to joining Beacon Economics, Mr. Roach was a Public Diplomacy Manager at the Australian Consulate-General in Los Angeles where he developed, implemented, and performance managed the Consulate-General’s public diplomacy and marketing programs. Prior to that, he served as an Economic Diplomacy Officer for the Consulate-General and his duties included conducting economic policy research related to priority business and trade sectors. Earlier in his career, he was as an International Policy Officer for the Australian Department of Defence.

Mr. Roach holds a Bachelor of International Studies from the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia. As part of his academic training, he also completed an International Study Exchange at the ESSEC Business School in Paris, France.

Brian Vanderplas

Senior Research Associate

Office: 424.646.4654

[email protected]

Brian Vanderplas is a Senior Research Associate at Beacon Economics, LLC. Mr. Vanderplas plays a leading role in many of the firm’s principal research projects with deep specialization in Economic, Fiscal, and Social Impact Analysis, Regional and Sub-Regional Analysis, EB-5 Economic Analysis, and Litigation Support and Expert Testimony. Within these practice areas, he focuses heavily on labor and employment, demographic, and real estate market analysis.

Mr. Vanderplas’s current and recent projects include assessing the economic impacts and contributions made by universities including the University of Southern California, UCLA, and California State University Long Beach. He has also played leading roles in high profile economic impact analyses for the Los Angeles 2024 Olympic Committee, Delta Air Lines, the Electric Daisy Carnival, and Otis College of Art and Design. Applying his expertise in regional economics, he has produced economic and demographic assessments of each city council district in Los Angeles for the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce, and in Anaheim for the City of Anaheim. He leads Beacon’s monthly analysis of California’s employment numbers, a report widely used by statewide media, local governments, and private businesses.

Mr. Vanderplas is also responsible for building and maintaining a wide variety of complex databases that support the firm’s statewide and national economic forecasts, public policy studies, and other projects. In addition to preparing, cleaning, and seasonally adjusting data, he is deeply experienced in a wide array of economic and econometric software programs including STATA, EViews, and SPSS. Mr. Vanderplas’s academic focus includes transportation economics and international trade and development.

Prior to joining Beacon Economics, Mr. Vanderplas conducted graduate level research on the educational attainment level of migrant populations and on fuel consumption as it relates to population density. He holds M.A and B.A. degrees in Economics from California State University, Long Beach.

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Cory D. Baird

Senior Researcher, Economic & Revenue Forecasting

Office: 424.646.4650

[email protected]

Cory Baird is a Senior Researcher in the Economic & Revenue Forecasting practice area at Beacon Economics, LLC. Mr. Baird plays a lead role in developing the firm’s national, state, and regional economic outlooks including building and revising the underlying forecast models. His primary research interests include analyzing global economic and financial trends using traditional econometric analysis as well as cutting-edge tools such as neural networks, machine learning, and natural language processing. He is fluent in Japanese and English, and conversational in Mandarin.

Mr. Baird is also a research analyst for Greenmantle, a macroeconomic advisory firm, where he covers Japanese monetary and fiscal policy. Additionally, he is a teaching assistant and researcher at the University of Maryland where he instructs graduate students in statistical methods and programming languages including R, Python, and STATA.

Earlier in his career, Mr. Baird was a domestic news reporter for The Japan Times, where he reported on the Bank of Japan, and was a visiting researcher at the Chung-Hua Institution for Economic Research in Taiwan. He also served as a Diplomatic Assistant at the Embassy of Japan in Washington D.C.

Mr. Baird is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Public Policy at the University of Maryland. He holds a Master of Public Policy (M.P.P) from the University of Tokyo and a B.A. in Political Science from the University of St. Thomas.

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Samuel Maury-Holmes

Research Associate, Regional and Sub-Regional Analysis

Office: 424.646.4653

[email protected]

Samuel Maury-Holmes is a Research Associate in the Regional and Sub-Regional practice area at Beacon Economics, LLC. Mr. Maury-Holmes conducts data research and analysis for both the regional practice area and the firm’s Sustainable Growth and Development practice area. Mr. Maury-Holmes has expertise in a wide variety of data analysis software, including quantitative coding platforms and map-driven spatial analysis tools such as ArcGIS.

Prior to joining Beacon Economics, he worked across a diverse range of industries. As an independent movie producer with production company Funegirl Films, he oversaw the production of four independent films, including the management of all aspects of budgeting, payroll, and team acquisitions. Prior to his time as a producer, he worked at Occidental College as a Conferences Assistant, where he helped organize the logistics for events and summer camps ranging from 10-600 people. An entrepreneur, Mr. Maury-Holmes also co-founded ed-tech startup Thicket and founded a social media engagement organization that peaked at over 10,000,000 weekly engagements.

Mr. Maury-Holmes holds a B.A. in Economics from Occidental College with an emphasis in Econometrics.

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Brady Allardice

Research Associate, Sustainable Growth and Development

Office: 424.372.1062 x 1007

[email protected]

Brady Allardice is a Research Associate in the Sustainable Growth and Development practice area at Beacon Economics, LLC. Mr. Allardice supports many of the firm’s principal projects and through data research and analysis, helps clients understand and address their development challenges.

Deeply skilled in data cleaning and analysis, Mr. Allardice is highly proficient in a variety of statistical software platforms and programming languages including STATA, ArcGIS, R, and Python. Prior to joining Beacon, he worked as a Legal and Policy Analyst at the Ponds Law Firm in Washington, D.C.. While pursuing his master’s degree at the University of Barcelona, he also spent time as a Research Assistant working to solve Multiobjective Optimization problems. Prior to receiving his master’s, he worked as a Financial Analyst for the General Services Administration in Washington, D.C.. In that role, he was responsible for managing and tracking the finances of several large government contracts.

An athlete, Mr. Allardice played Division-I soccer at Clemson University, helping the team reach the National Championship game in 2015.

Mr. Allardice holds an MSc in Economics from the Barcelona Graduate School of Economics at Barcelona University, and a B.S. in Economics from Clemson University with an emphasis in Econometrics.

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Eva Turner

Research Associate, Economic, Fiscal, and Social Impact Analysis

Office: 424.464.4652

[email protected]

Eva Turner is a Research Associate in the Economic, Fiscal, and Social Impact Analysis practice area at Beacon Economics, LLC. Ms. Turner conducts data research and analysis in support of the practice area’s principal engagements. Her current work portfolio includes analyzing the impacts of a wide variety of activities, projects, and institutions including universities and major entertainment events.

Ms. Turner is deeply committed to economic sustainability and growth. She has been involved in research projects examining neurobiology and its impact on economic decision making, performed econometric evaluations of legislation, and assessed how businesses can perform both ethically and profitably in an ever-changing world.

Prior to joining Beacon Economics, Ms. Turner obtained a well-rounded work experience, performing a variety of jobs in multiple fields. She spent her summers working as a communications manager at 6 Points West Summer Camp, was a fellow for a nonpartisan political organization, and researched different types of legislation and initiatives—investigating their impacts on affected communities. Most recently, she founded LeftOver Vax, for which she created a vaccine waitlist to help prevent wasting the COVID-19 vaccine and to facilitate vaccination of vulnerable people and essential workers as quickly and efficiently as possible.

Ms. Turner holds an M.S. in Econometrics and Quantitative Economics, and a B.A. in Politics, Philosophy, Economics, and Law both from the University of Arizona.

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Kailei Lin

Research Associate, Spatial Statistics

Office: 424.320.0070 x 1004

[email protected]

Kailei Lin is a Spatial Statistics Research Associate at Beacon Economics, LLC. Ms. Lin conducts data research and analysis that crosses multiple practice areas within the firm including Sustainable Growth and Development, Regional and Sub-Regional Analysis, and Housing, Land Use, and Real Estate Analysis. Her current work portfolio includes integrating and developing logistical and internal cloud-based data models and analyzing Geospatial and U.S. Census data for a variety of demographic and economic indicators.

Through her interdisciplinary study in Data Science and Spatial Analysis, Ms. Lin has developed strong expertise in quantitative geospatial analysis and modeling; analysis of programing algorithms; data mining and aggregation over large-scale datasets; ArcGIS; and data visualization. She works with classification methods, including K-means clustering, to understand the dynamics of transit ridership and transit user segmentation, and generates data features on platforms such as Apache Spark and Snowflake to decompose large-scale, location-based problems. As part of NASA Harvest, Ms. Lin applied her statistical programming skills in Python and R to develop a global crop yield forecasting system using satellite and weather data. These results fed into a public web forum, helping government and private agencies monitor food shortages.

Prior to joining Beacon Economics, Ms. Lin interned as a Map Software Engineer for technology startup TuSimple where she built high-definition maps from massive 3D LiDar data and captured and debugged over 300,000 errors in map products by performing root cause analysis. Her work helped the company expand its regional freight network coverage. Ms. Lin also interned as a Data Analyst with the Guangzhou City Planning Kance Design & Research Institute in Guangzhou, China where she conducted data cleaning of building footprints data using ArcGIS, SQL, and python.

Ms. Lin holds an M.S. in Spatial Data Science from the University of Southern California and a B.S. in Urban Planning with a certificate in Geographic Information Systems and Cartography from Miami University.

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Danielle Tremeear

Administrative Support Manager

Office: 424.646.4659

[email protected]

Danielle Tremeear is Administrative Support Manager at Beacon Economics, LLC. Ms. Tremeear has extensive expertise creating efficient and functional work environments through the management of office operations and the administration of client service processes. In her role at Beacon Economics, she is responsible for overseeing administrative operations, human resources, and special projects. She also supports multiple executives, manages and streamlines accounting procedures, plans and executes events and conferences, and acts as a liaison between staff, vendors, and clients.

Ms. Tremeear was formerly Executive Assistant at Beacon Economics and prior to joining the firm was an executive assistant at a large law firm in Southern California. She has worked in a variety of office management capacities and in retail sales. Ms. Tremeear attended The Art Institute with a focus on Fashion Marketing and Management.

Jessica Hernandez

Production and Graphic Design Associate

Office: 424.646.4658

[email protected]

Jessica Hernandez is Beacon Economics’ Production and Graphic Design Associate. Ms. Hernandez leads design and visual communication on many of the firm’s key projects as well as for marketing, promotional, and business development campaigns and resources. She is skilled in communicating economic analysis through compelling visual text and imagery using a variety of design technologies including Adobe Illustrator, InDesign, and Photoshop. Ms. Hernandez was the principal designer on high-profile projects including Los Angeles County’s LA2021 Future of Creative Talent Summit, and economic impact analyses for the Virgin Trains USA high-speed rail line linking Southern California and Las Vegas, the iconic RMS Queen Mary ship and hotel, Live Nation’s Toyota Music Factory in Irving, Texas, and the 2020 World Ag Expo, among others.

In her role at Beacon Economics, she is also responsible for maintaining production schedules, interfacing with clients and vendors, streamlining technology, and assisting with events and conferences. She has a professional background in office management including administering customer service procedures, accounting and human resources processes, data entry, and overall office operations. Prior to joining the firm, she was a leasing agent and customer service representative for a large storage facility and before that oversaw administrative functions for a painting contractor and a construction company.

Ms. Hernandez is fluent in Spanish and is pursuing an Associate Degree in Graphic Design and Marketing at El Camino College. She has also earned certificates in intermediate and advanced Adobe Illustrator, InDesign, and Photoshop from Intelquest Computer Training.

Mark Schneider

Digital Visualization and Marketing Assistant

Office: 424.646.4657

[email protected]

Mark Schneider is a Data Visualization and Marketing Assistant at Beacon Economics. Mr. Schneider applies design to the firm’s analytic products to create rich, illuminating visualizations that illustrate economic data and explain economic trends. He blends a deep skill set in graphic design, art, data visualization, and computing science to enhance client reports and publications, design internal products, and support Beacon’s marketing communication and business development functions. He has professional expertise in a wide array of design software, programming languages, and in design thinking.

In his recent work portfolio, Mr. Schneider has been the principal designer on high profile projects including the 2021 Otis College Report on the Creative Economy, an economic impact analysis of the 2020 California Manufacturing Extension Partnership, and an economic development analysis for the County of Mendocino, among others. He was also instrumental in developing collateral material for Los Angeles County’s LA2021 Future of Creative Talent Summit. He recently produced and enacted interactive graphics for Beacon Economics’ online publications and regularly creates engaging social media postings that promote the firm’s commissioned and internal publications.

Prior to joining Beacon Economics, Mr. Schneider was an Ideation Lab Assistant at Chapman University where he created a variety of client branded collateral including corporate identity and advertising. He was also a Freelance Designer for the nonprofit Dance 4 Joy, which included a complete rebranding and social media management. Prior to that he worked in a marketing position for Beyond Limits, an artificial intelligence vendor.

Mr. Schneider holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A) from Chapman University with a study focus in Computational Science.

Rachel Amick

Project and Client Coordinator

Office: 424.646.4662

[email protected]

Rachel Amick is Project and Client Coordinator at Beacon Economics. Ms. Amick leads the administrative and client communication aspects of many of the firm’s principal projects. Supporting multiple managers, she works to inform, consult, and communicate with clients and stakeholders to ensure their engagement is prioritized and that a supportive and productive relationship is maintained. She has played an instrumental role in numerous high profile and complex projects including managing stakeholder engagement and administering a major online platform for Los Angeles County’s LA2021 Future of Creative Talent Summit and overseeing client communications and all support functions for the 2021 Otis College Report on the Creative Economy.

Ms. Amick also maintains many aspects of the firm’s administrative and human resources functions including producing a monthly media monitoring report and assisting with filing systems, billing and contracts, scheduling and calendar maintenance, events, and recruiting and staff benefits.

Ms. Amick has extensive experience working in administrative, client relations, and executive assistant capacities. Prior to joining Beacon Economics, she was an executive assistant and office manager at a large medical office and before that worked as a customer service representative at JNR, a company focused on improving human performance in the workplace.

Ms. Amick holds an Associate Degree in General Studies from Fullerton College.


Jock O’Connell

International Trade Adviser

Office: 916.716.2251

[email protected]

Jock O’Connell is Beacon Economics’ International Trade Advisor and one of the nation’s foremost authorities on world trade, global economic trends, and the internationalization of the California economy.

Mr. O’Connell is a former staff advisor to the California Commission for Economic Development and member of the California Economic Strategy Panel’s Technical Advisory Group.

He is the author of numerous articles on economic, political, and trade issues that have appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street JournalLos Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, San Jose Mercury-News, Sacramento Bee, California Journal, Salon.Com, and Pacific Standard Magazine. In conjunction with Beacon Economics, he edits the monthly California Trade Report, an analysis of the latest data on the Golden State’s export trade.

Mr. O’Connell has spoken before a diverse array of business organizations and other groups during his career. Among the more prominent audiences he has addressed have been: Russia’s Institute for USA and Canada Studies in Moscow; Japan’s Keidanren in Tokyo; the Confederation of British Industry in London; the Foreign Trade Association of Southern California in Los Angeles; and the Commonwealth Club of California in San Francisco.

Mr. O’Connell has been a lecturer at the University of California at Davis and at California State University, Sacramento. From 2005 to 2010, he held the position of International Trade and Economics Advisor at the University of California Center in Sacramento, where he lectured and organized workshops and seminars designed to keep California’s policymakers informed of the latest developments in world trade and their effect on California’s economy.

The primary emphasis of Mr. O’Connell’s consulting work involves the logistics of foreign trade and, more specifically, the condition of California’s international trade infrastructure. He has worked with several nationally recognized transportation planning consulting firms, including Cambridge Systematics, TranSystems, and the Tioga Group.

Mr. O’Connell is a member of the Transportation Research Board’s Committee on Intergovernmental Relations in Aviation. As a division of the National Research Council, the Transportation Research Board advises Congress, executive-branch federal agencies, the states, and other organizations on key transportation issues.

Mr. O’Connell grew up on the coast of Maine and received his B.A. from the College of the Holy Cross before pursuing graduate studies at the University of California at Davis. He has also studied at the Institute of European Studies (University of Vienna) and the London School of Economics, where he was a Fulbright Scholar.