Heather Stephens joins the department as the newest faculty member, having recently completed her Ph.D. at The Ohio State University. She has an impressive background, with experience as a legislative assistant in the U.S. House of Representatives and as a manager of a research consortium through the George V. Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs at Ohio University. To complement this public sector work, she also has earned an MBA from The Ohio State University and has worked as a consultant in the private sector. This foundation provides the perfect background for Stephens to lead the department’s efforts in providing relevant and useful research through the Office of Economic Research, which will benefit the Long Beach community and the larger region as a whole. Stephens will also lead the new CSULB Regional Economic Forum, which will replace the Economic Forecast (see related article).
Stephens’ work experience in regional economic development, business consulting and public policy offers much needed support for the department and university to provide sound economic research that helps guide regional policy debates. We are looking forward to Professor Stephens’ presence in the community and her contributions to both the university and the region.