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Center for Business and Policy Research
Eberhardt School of Business
Jeffrey Michael, PhD - Exec. Director
Thomas Pogue, PhD - Assoc. Dir.
Sacramento Office: 916.340.6084
Stockton Office: 209.946.2913

About Us

The Center for Business and Policy Research (CBPR) was founded in 2004 as the Business Forecasting Center. Since Dr. Jeffrey Michael became Director of the Business Forecasting Center in 2008, the Center has expanded its topical scope, staff, and expertise beyond economic forecasting, and the Center was renamed in 2015 to better reflect its work. Although forecasting is no longer in the Center's name, CBPR continues to publish the California and Metro Business Forecast and it remains a core part of it work. 

Jeffrey Michael - Executive Director

Dr. Jeffrey Michael is Director of the Center for Business and Policy Research at the University of the Pacific in Stockton, CA.

Jeff's areas of expertise include regional economic forecasting and environmental economics including work on the economic impacts of the Endangered Species Act, climate change, and regulation on land use, property values, and employment growth. His research has received numerous grants and has been published in scholarly journals such as the Journal of Law and Economics, Energy Policy, and Ecological Economics. He makes frequent presentations to regional business and government audiences and is cited over a hundred times per year in the local and national press including the Wall Street Journal, New York Times Magazine, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, NBC, NPR, and PBS.

Before coming to Pacific in 2008, he spent nine years as faculty, Associate Dean, and Director of the Center for Applied Business and Economic Research at Towson University in Maryland. Jeff received his Ph.D. from North Carolina State University, M.S. from the University of Maine, and B.A. from Hamilton College.

Jeffrey Michael, Ph.D.
916.340.6084 or 209.946.7385


Thomas Pogue - Associate Director

Thomas E. Pogue is an Associate Director of the Center for Business and Policy Research. Thomas received his B.A. and M.A. in Economics from the University of Nevada, Reno and his Ph.D. in the Economics of Technological Change from Maastricht University in the Netherlands. Prior to joining the Business Forecasting Center, he worked at several research institutes including the South African Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, Tshwane University's Institute for Economic research on Innovation, the University of Cape Town's Development Policy Research Unit, and the University of Nevada's Center for Economic Development.

Thomas Pogue, Ph.D.



Nahila Ahsan - Research Analyst

Nahila Ahsan, a Stockton native, and University of the Pacific alumna, joined the Center for Business and Policy Research in July 2014. She completed her Master's degree in Urban and Regional Planning with minors in Program Evaluation and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) from the University of Minnesota in 2013. Nahila has experience working with various stakeholders in universities, the private sector, government, and the non-profit sector and has worked on community development and organizing; program evaluation; GIS mapping; grant writing; and data analysis and visualization projects. She has lived, studied, and worked in different U.S. and international cities. Nahila supports various projects with the Business Forecasting Center through outreach, research, report writing, and more.

Nahila Ahsan209.932.3045


Jesse Neumann - Economic Research Analyst

Jesse Neumann is an Economic Research Analyst with the Center for Business and Policy Research working out of the newly expanded Sacramento Office. Jesse received his M.S. in Applied Economics from Johns Hopkins University in 2014 and his B.S. in Business Administration with a minor in Economics from the University of the Pacific in 2012. While at Johns Hopkins he worked as a research assistant investigating the liquidity linkages between REITs (Real Estate Investment Trusts) and the underlying real estate assets from which they derive value. A native of Carmichael, CA, he returned to the Sacramento Area after completing his master's degree and working in the Washington, D.C. area for almost two years.

Jesse Neumann916.739.7393


Sydney Stanfill - Intern

Sydney Stanfill is currently studying as a double major to obtain her bachelor’s degree in Business, with a concentration in Marketing and Communications. Working in the Center for Business and Policy Research has allowed Sydney to broaden her knowledge of the economic environment and gain real-world job experience. Other than working for the Forecasting Center, Sydney is currently involved in on-campus activities such as Pacific Christian Fellowship, Kappa Alpha Theta, and Residence Hall Association. Sydney continues to enjoy Pacific's diverse and beautiful campus and hopes to work towards her future with all Pacific has to offer.

Sydney Stanfill


Neriah Howard - Intern

Neriah Howard is currently a Business Administration major, double concentrating in Marketing and Management and Human Resources. Neriah has been a resident of Stockton since the young age of 5. In high school, Neriah was heavily involved in student government and community service. She also competed on a nationally ranked all-star dance and cheer team. Currently at the University of the Pacific, Neriah is a member of the Tiger Dance Team and involved with the Black Student Union Club and Black History Month planning committee. Working with the Center has allowed Neriah to gain and learn the skills required to be successful in the business world.

Andie Smith


Anjul Shingal - Intern

Anjul Shingal is majoring in Accounting with a minor in Communications. He is from Fremont, CA located in the Bay Area. He hopes to gain a better understanding of the economy while simultaneously gaining experience while interning at the Business Forecasting Center. He is currently a member of Alpha Phi Omega, the national service fraternity where he spends a lot of time volunteering within the community. In his spare time, Anjul enjoys playing the drums, watching sports, and spending time with his friends and family.

Anjul Shingal