Welcome! Here is a bit about me:
My first few careers focused on economic and community development and included leadership positions in both the public and private sectors – including eight years in the City Manager’s Office in Sacramento, eight years as a small-business owner, and nine years with Fortune 1000 companies. During this time I negotiated over $2.0 billion in public-private partnerships and real estate investments. My roles have included leading the City of Sacramento Economic Development Division, heading the strategic planning and site selection group at in Southern California Edison’s Corporate Real Estate Department, and serving as a Vice President of Granite Construction’s real estate subsidiary. I have taught public policy, program evaluation and public finance at USC’s Price School of Public Policy.
I’m currently conducting research at the Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs at Virginia Commonwealth University. I’m focused on economic justice in the tourism industry; specifically, the relationship between local tourism taxes and labor exploitation in the hospitality sub-sector.
My favorite pastime is writing scholarly papers and articles about aspects of capitalism in the American West and the Irish diaspora. I published my first book with Mountain Press Publishing Co., a biography of radical western millionaire, James A. Murray (my third great uncle).
In this blog share both historical and modern perspectives on populism and radical local economic development policy. For more information about my professional background, please visit my LinkedIn profile. Thank you for dropping by!