Dr. Jeffrey Mitchell was appointed director of the University of New Mexico’s Bureau of Business and Economic Research (BBER) in July 2014. Mitchell replaced Lee Reynis, who is now research professor in the UNM Department of Economics.
Mitchell, who has been with BBER since 2003, will oversee BBER’s research activities and information services, manage the Bureau’s day-to-day operations, and long-range strategic plans and represents the organization in the media and the public sphere.
Over the past 10 years, Mitchell’s research has focused on problems of community and regional economic development in New Mexico, with particular emphasis on the creative economy, community revitalization, housing, internet access, strategic planning and the use of data in public policymaking.
Dr. Mitchell has been Principal Investigator on two dozen projects at BBER, resulting in more than 50 research reports, and since 2010 he has been director of FOR-UNM, BBER’s economic forecasting service. His research at BBER has been funded state and local governmental agencies, non-profits and foundations, and private businesses throughout New Mexico.
Mitchell is co-founder and board member of SHARE New Mexico, a web-based service referral and data portal for New Mexico residents, grant-makers, non-profit organizations and social service providers.
Before joining BBER, Mitchell was on the faculties of Clark University in Massachusetts, New Mexico State University and the University of New Mexico, and has published in various scholarly journals.
A graduate of Clark University and the University of Pennsylvania, Mitchell was a Fulbright Scholar in Venezuela, an international economist with Chase Econometrics (an early form of Global Insight), and a project manager for a nonprofit organization promoting alternative energy development.
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