Brian Richard

Title: Assistant Director
Team Leader: Workforce Development and Economic Impact Analysis
Office Phone: 312-612-0360
Email: brichard@niu.edu

Brian Richard, Ph.D., joined the Center for Governmental Studies in January 2013. Previously, he was an assistant professor in the Department of Economic and Workforce Development at the University of Southern Mississippi where he taught courses focused on quantitative research methods; economic development finance; and business recruiting and retention. At CGS, his work concentrates on the evaluation of workforce development programs and policies; impacts of economic development projects; and research into the state of the northern Illinois economy.

Brian has extensive experience conducting economic and fiscal impact studies, retail analyses, workforce analyses and policy studies.

Brian was an Army psychological operations specialist. He has earned a Ph.D. in international development, an M.S. in applied economics and a B.A. in finance. He also holds an Economic Development Finance Professional (EDFP) Certification.

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