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California

The following UC Berkeley experts are available to address the following topics as they relate to California:

Economy
Education
Health care
History

Infrastructure
Parks
Politics
Social programs

ECONOMY

Alan AuerbachAlan Auerbach
Professor of economics and of law, director of the Burch Center for Tax Policy & Public Finance
Office: (510) 643-0711
Email: auerbach@econ.berkeley.edu
Media Relations contact: Kathleen Maclay, (510) 643-5651 or kmaclay@berkeley.edu

Expertise: Public policy and public finance. Auerbach's research focuses on corporate taxation, population aging and fiscal imbalances, and the effects of tax cuts during the George W. Bush presidency. He served as deputy chief of staff of the U.S. Joint Committee on Taxation in the early '90s.

Henry BradyHenry Brady
Dean of the Goldman School of Public Policy and Class of 1941 Monroe Deutsch professor of political science and public policy
Office: (510) 642-5116
Email: hbrady@berkeley.edu
Media Relations contact: Kathleen Maclay, (510) 643-5651 or kmaclay@berkeley.edu

Expertise: Electoral politics, political participation and voting, voting systems, welfare policies, public opinion and American politics. He is the co-author of a 2012 report, California’s Economic Payoffwhich spells out the critical need for – and economic importance of – stronger state investment in higher education. His speech about the report to the Silicon Valley Education Foundation was covered in Ed Source.

John EllwoodJohn Ellwood
Professor of public policy at the Goldman School of Public Policy
Phone: (510) 642-4512
Email: jellwood@berkeley.edu
Media Relations contact: Kathleen Maclay, (510) 643-5651 or kmaclay@berkeley.edu

Expertise: Financial management, public-sector budgeting and the politics of the budgetary process. Trained as a political scientist, Ellwood has served as a consultant for various state and U.S. government agencies and was on the board of the California Budget Project. He also was the research director of the Public Policy Institute of the California Budget Project, served on the management staff of the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), was on the staff of the U.S. Senate Budget Committee and was special assistant to former CBO director Alice K. Rivlin. Ellwood co-authored "The Revenue Burden in California Since Proposition 13" (1998) with Michael A. Shires and Mary Sprague.

Kenneth RosenKenneth Rosen
Professor of real estate and urban economics at the Haas School of Business
Phone: (510) 643-8274
Email: krosen@haas.berkeley.edu
Media Relations contact: Kathleen Maclay, (510) 643-5651 or kmaclay@berkeley.edu

Expertise: Economics of the housing and commercial real estate markets

EDUCATION

Henry Brady (see above, under Economy)

John DouglassJohn A. Douglass
Senior research fellow
UC Berkeley's Center for Studies of Higher Education
Office: (510) 643-9211
Email: douglass@berkeley.edu
Media Relations contact: Kathleen Maclay, (510) 643-5651 or kmaclay@berkeley.edu

Expertise: Douglass is an expert on the California Master Plan for Higher Education. His research focuses on the role of universities in economic development, science policy as a component of national and multinational economic policy, the evolving role of mass higher education in society, and the influence of globalization.

Bruce FullerBruce Fuller
Professor of education
Phone: (510) 643-5362 (office) or (415) 595-4320 (cell)
Email: b_fuller@berkeley.edu
Media Relations contact: Kathleen Maclay, (510) 643-5651 or kmaclay@berkeley.edu

Expertise: K-12 educational policy, school finance funding and government's role in universal preschool. Fuller has worked as an education specialist for the California Legislature and as education adviser to former California Gov. Jerry Brown. He also was a sociologist at the World Bank. He is author of "Standardized Childhood: The Political and Cultural Struggle over Early Education" (2007). He frequently contributes commentary to media outlets.

Norton GrubbNorton Grubb
David Pierpont Gardner Professor in Higher Education and faculty coordinator of the Principal Leadership Institute at UC Berkeley's Graduate School of Education
Phone: (510) 642-3488
Email: wngrubb@berkeley.edu
Media Relations contact: Kathleen Maclay, (510) 643-5651 or kmaclay@berkeley.edu

Expertise: The role of schooling in labor markets, reforms in high schools and community colleges, teacher quality, interactions among education and training programs, and social policy toward children and youth. Grubb is the author of "The Education Gospel: The Economic Power of Schooling" (2005), and "Honored but Invisible: An Inside Look at Teaching in Community Colleges" (1999).

According to Grubb, governors, voters and tax-limiting initiatives share the blame for the deterioration of California's K-12 schools over the last 30 years.

Deboarh McCoyDeborah McKoy
Executive director of the Center for Cities & Schools
Phone: (510) 642-1628
Email: debmckoy@berkeley.edu
Media Relations contact: Kathleen Maclay, (510) 643-5651 or kmaclay@berkeley.edu

Expertise: Educational reform, community development and public policy.

Jeff VincentJeff Vincent
Deputy director of the Center for Cities & Schools at UC Berkeley's Institute for Urban and Regional Development
Phone: (510) 642-1628
Email: jvincent@berkeley.edu
Media Relations contact: Kathleen Maclay, (510) 643-5651 or kmaclay@berkeley.edu

Expertise: Land use and school facility planning, community development and public schools.

HEALTH CARE

William DowWilliam Dow
Professor of health economics; and associate director of the Berkeley Population Center
Phone: (510) 643-5439
Email: wdow@berkeley.edu
Media Relations contact: Sarah Yang, (510) 643-7741 or scyang@berkeley.edu

Expertise: Dow's background is in health economics, both domestic and international, particularly as it relates to health insurance. He has worked with Democratic and Republican groups on health sector reform proposals at the federal, state and local levels. He is also a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research, and previously served as senior economist for health at the White House Council of Economic Advisers.

Helen Ann HalpinHelen Ann Halpin
Professor of health policy, director of the Center for Health and Public Policy Studies
Phone: (510) 643-1675 or (510) 642-2862
Email: helenhs@berkeley.edu
Media Relations contact: Sarah Yang, (510) 643-7741 or scyang@berkeley.edu

Expertise: Health insurance policy, including health insurance benefit design, health care reform, access to care, consumer experiences in managed care, and disease prevention and health promotion. Halpin has been quoted extensively in the media on issues related to national health care reform, particularly for Medicare and Medicaid.

Stephen ShortellStephen Shortell
Dean of the School of Public Health and professor of health policy and management
Phone: (510) 643-5346
Email: shortell@berkeley.edu
Media Relations contact: Sarah Yang, (510) 643-7741 or scyang@berkeley.edu

Expertise: Shortell can discuss the impact of budget cuts on the delivery of healthcare services, including community services. Shortell has done extensive research on institutional incentives for improving quality of care and health outcomes, particularly when related to the management of patients with chronic illnesses.

HISTORY

Gray BrechinGray Brechin 
Founder and project scholar of California's Living New Deal Project
Email: gbrechin@berkeley.edu
Media Relations contact: Kathleen Maclay, (510) 643-5651 or kmaclay@berkeley.edu

Expertise: The New Deal's impact on California.

Brechin is co-author of "Farewell, Promised Land: Waking from the California Dream," a photographic essay about California's deteriorating environment and public sector published by UC Press in 1999. He is a visiting scholar in UC Berkeley Department of Geography. California's Living New Deal Project is a collaborative effort between UC Berkeley's Institute for Research on Labor and Employment Library and the California Historical Society that is documenting the lasting contributions made by the New Deal's public works agencies in California.

INFRASTRUCTURE

David DowallDavid Dowall
Professor of city and regional planning
Phone: (510) 642-2233
Email: dowall@berkeley.edu
Media Relations contact: Kathleen Maclay, (510) 643-5651 or kmaclay@berkeley.edu

Expertise: Infrastructure planning and finance, comparative urban development policy. Dowall has conducted research on domestic and international land management, housing policy, economic development strategy and infrastructure planning and finance.

PARKS

Richard Walker (see above, under Economy)

Jennifer WolchJennifer Wolch
Dean of the College of Environmental Design and William W. Wurster Professor of City and Regional Planning (effective July 1)
Phone: (510) 642-0831
Email: wolch@berkeley.edu
Media Relations contact: Kathleen Maclay, (510) 643-5651 or kmaclay@berkeley.edu

Expertise: Access to urban parks; homelessness and human services planning; urban design, physical activity and health, sustainable urbanism.

Wolch's research looks at issues that could be negatively affected by California's financial woes, including and city or county ability to keep their parks open to the public. She is investigating how aspects of urban design, such as park access and neighborhood connectivity, influence rates of physical activity and obesity.

POLITICS

Gerald LubenowGerald Lubenow
Managing editor of the Institute of Governmental Studies' (IGS) California Journal of Politics and Policy
Phone: (510) 381-1000 (cell)
Email: jlubenow@berkeley.edu
Media Relations contact: Kathleen Maclay, (510) 643-5651 or kmaclay@berkeley.edu

Expertise: The politics surrounding the state's financial crisis.

SOCIAL PROGRAMS

Gray Brechin (see above, under History)

Jane Mauldon
Associate professor of public policy
Office: (510) 642-3475
Email: jmauldon@berkeley.edu
Media Relations contact: Kathleen Maclay, (510) 643-5651 or kmaclay@berkeley.edu

Expertise: Family and child policy, health, poverty, social welfare policy, race and gender, and demographics. Mauldon has evaluated the teen-parent component of California's welfare reforms.

Jennifer Wolch (see above, under Parks)

TAX POLICY

Alan Auerbach (see above, under Economy)