John Husing, Ph.D
Owner, Economics & Politics, Inc.
Dr. John Husing is a research economist specializing in the study of Southern California’s growing economy. He is also a leading authority on the impact of the goods movement industry on the region, and in particular its role as a provider of upward economic mobility to blue collar workers. His primary focus over 45 years has been the Inland Empire, studying the nature and growth of San Bernardino and Riverside Counties.
His extensive study of the region has led to several economic strategies that combine a database of statistics with interviews of executives and entrepreneurs to understand the forces shaping Southern California. Dr. Husing has produced project specific economic impact studies for transportation and water agencies, housing developers and environmental entities. He has an unique viewpoint of our political process, having managed over 100 partisan and non-partisan campaigns. Today, his prolific knowledge of the region and his political experience has brought him to brief business leaders and policy makers throughout California on the economic trends and issues relating to budgets, state initiatives and public policy. His eclectic career has remarkably included managing a Nevada casino, running for Congress in his twenties, teaching college and running the world’s largest white water rafting company.
Dr. Husing enjoys a less studious life as an adventurer, taking treks into uncharted territories as well as traveling to 56 different countries. In recent years, he has twice entered the unexplored jungles of New Guinea to make first contact with previously undiscovered stone-aged tribes. Dr. Husing has traveled throughout most of Africa and his last hiking trip was trekking over the Himalayas from Nepal into Tibet. He even finds time as an amateur genealogist by tracing his American heritage back 12 generations to ancestors on the Mayflower.
Senior Economist, Payden & Rygel
Jeffrey Cleveland is a senior economist at Payden & Rygel, an international investment management firm with more than $65 billion under management.
Cleveland is responsible for economic research and assists in developing the firm’s views on the US and global economy. His research areas include US and global macroeconomics, central banks and the money markets, money supply, credit cycles, housing and urban economics.
Prior to joining Payden & Rygel, Cleveland was a senior associate at David Taussig & Associates in Newport Beach, California, where he managed the firm’s fiscal and economic impact studies and consulting services.
Cleveland is a member of the National Association for Business Economics (NABE). He is also an avid open-water swimmer. He swam across the English Channel in September 2008.
Jeffrey Cleveland earned a MA in International Political Economy with an emphasis in international money and finance from Claremont Graduate University. He received a BA in Economics/Global Political Economy from Whittier College through the Whittier Scholars Program.