Chris Thornberg, PhD
Christopher Thornberg founded Beacon Economics LLC in 2006. 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.
He is a panel member of the National Association of Business Economists’ quarterly “Outlook,” and a contributor to monthly economics polls published by Reuters. He also serves on the boards of directors of both the California Chamber of Commerce and the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce, and is an executive member of the Central City Association (Los Angeles). Prior to launching Beacon Economics Dr. Thornberg was a senior economist with UCLA’s Anderson Forecast.
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. degree in Business Administration from the State University of New York at Buffalo.