Valley 200 - 2021-07-19




California Lutheran University Matthew Fienup, Ph.D., is the executive director of the Center for Economic Research and Forecasting at California Lutheran University. He is also an assistant professor of economics in the university’s Masters of Quantitative Economics program. A prolific rock climber, he has spent more than 15 years working as a professional guide and founded his own climbing school, Earthworks, in 2000. He was the recipient of 2019 and 2020 Crystal Ball Awards for the Zillow Home Price Expectations Survey and serves as Exchange Administrator for the Fox Canyon Water Market, the first groundwater market of its kind in California. He and his colleagues also create the annual Valley Economic Forecast with the Business Journal. ALMA MATER: Undergraduate degrees: Brooks Institute of Photography, Woodbury University. MA and Ph.D. from UC Santa Barbara BEST ADVICE: “A good question is more valuable than the most brilliant answer.” (Louis Kahn) FAVORITE BOOK: “The Song of the Dodo” by David Quammen. BUCKET LIST: Attend a Cardinals-Dodgers game at Busch Stadium, with 45,000 screaming fans


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