Background and Bio
Christopher Thornberg is founding partner of Beacon Economics, LLC and an expert in the study of regional economies, real estate dynamics, labor markets and business forecasting.
Dr. Thornberg has established a reputation as one of California’s leading economic forecasters. He iscurrently chief economic advisor to the California State Controller's Office and serves as Chair of California State Controller John Chiang’s Council of Economic Advisors –the body that advises the state’schief fiscal officer about emerging economic issues.
Dr. Thornberg also serves on the advisory board of Paulson & Co.Inc., one of Wall Street’s mostsuccessful hedge funds. He has been involved in a number of special studies measuring the effect of important events on the economy. These include the NAFTA treaty,the California electricity crisis, portsecurity, California’s water transfer programs, and the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.
Prior to launching Beacon, he was an economist with UCLA’s Anderson Forecast where he regularly authored economic outlooks for California, Los Angeles, and the East Bay. He also developed a number of specialized forecasts for various regions and industries. Previously he has taught in the MBA program atUC San Diego’s Rady School of Business, at Thammasat University in Bangkok, Thailand, and has held afaculty position in the economics department at Clemson University.
Dr. Thornberg holds a Ph.D in Business Economics from The Anderson School at UCLA, and a B.S. inBusiness Administration from the State University of New York atBuffalo.