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Matthew, Executive Director, is an economist at the California Lutheran University Center for Economic Research and Forecasting (CERF). He teaches courses in Econometrics and Environmental Economics in the Masters of Quantitative Economics program.

Matthew holds a Masters degree in economics from the University of California Santa Barbara, and he is currently working on his PhD in environmental economics at the Bren School of Environmental Science and Management at UCSB. His specialty is applied econometric analysis and the economics of private land use. Matthew is also active in the issues surrounding urban growth restriction and groundwater management policy in Ventura county.

Matthew returned to school to pursue his PhD after running a small business in Ventura County for more than a decade. His other specialties include California Natural History, technical rock climbing and photography. Matthew graduated summa cum laude from the Brooks Institute of Photography and has spent more than 15 years working as a professional climbing guide.