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Christopher Thornberg is Founding Partner of Beacon Economics, LLC and widely considered to be one of California’s leading economists. An expert in economic forecasting, regional economics, real estate and industry analysis, employment and labor markets, and economic policy, he was one of the earliest and most adamant predictors of the subprime mortgage market crash that began in 2007, and of the global economic recession that followed. Since 2006, he has served on the advisory board of Wall Street hedge fund, Paulson & Co. Inc. Between 2008 and 2012, he served as a chief economic advisor to the California State Controller’s Office, and as Chair of Controller John Chiang’s Council of Economic Advisors.
A highly sought after speaker, Dr. Thornberg regularly presents to leading business, government, and nonprofit organizations. These groups include REOMAC, the California State Association of Counties, and the California and Nevada Credit Union League, among many others. He has testified before the U.S. Congress House Committee on Financial Services on municipal debt issues, and before the California State Assembly Committee on Revenue and Taxation regarding rule changes related to Proposition 13.
Dr. Thornberg has been involved in a number of special studies measuring the effect of important events on the economy including the NAFTA treaty, the California electricity crisis, port security, California’s water transfer programs, and the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. Additionally, he serves on the editorial board of the Graziadio Business Report, a peer-‐reviewed publication of the Graziadio School of Business and Management at Pepperdine University. He is also a panel member of the National Association of Business Economists’ quarterly “Outlook” and a contributor to the “Economic Consensus Outlook” published by the Journal of Business Forecasting.
Dr. Thornberg serves on the boards of a number of business and nonprofit organizations including on the Board of Directors of the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce, as a Business Leader Member of America's Edge, a nonprofit organization focused on strengthening businesses and the economy through public investments in youth and education, and on the Advisory Board of the Asian Real Estate Association of America.
Prior to launching Beacon Economics Dr. Thornberg was a senior economist with UCLA’s Anderson Forecast where he regularly authored economic outlooks for California, Los Angeles, the East Bay, and developed specialized forecasts for a variety of public and private entities. He previously taught in the MBA program at UCLA’s Anderson School, in the Rady School of Business at UCSD, 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.