Peter C. Rupert, Ph.D.
Executive Director

Dr. Rupert joined the Economic Forecast Project as its executive director in August 2010. He is a professor of economics, and Chairman of the UCSB Department of Economics, as well as Associate Director of the UCSB Laboratory for Aggregate Economics and Finance, founded by Nobel Laureate Finn E. Kydland. Prior to joining UCSB, Dr. Rupert spent 12 years as Senior Economic Advisor at the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland. Dr. Rupert has held appointments at the University of Western Ontario, State University of New York at Buffalo, West Virginia University, the University of Southern California, and Birkbeck College, University of London. Dr. Rupert earned his B.S. from Santa Clara University, and his M.A. and Ph.D. at the University of Rochester. His areas of specialization include macroeconomics, monetary economics, economics of the criminal justice system, labor, and household economics.


Travis Cyronek
Research Analyst
Travis Cyronek is a Ph.D. candidate in economics at UCSB, specializing in the fields of macroeconomics and econometrics. He earned his B.A. in Economics from the University of California, Irvine.

Kenneth Freeland
Assistant Director
Kenneth Freeland joined the EFP in 2011.  He is responsible for overseeing and coordinating economic impact studies and consulting projects, board and sponsor relations, and EFP finance, administration, and operations.


Susan Yamashiro
Events Manager

​Susan joined the Economic Forecast Project in 2008.  Susan was Stage Manager and Technical Director for The MGM Grand Las Vegas and Encore Productions worldwide.  She and her husband currently enjoy living in Santa Ynez.  Susan was recently the Operations Manager for the Central Coast Economic Forecast in San Luis Obispo County.


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​Meaghan Kay
Outside Projects Coordinator



Research Assistants

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Jeremy Levine