Advisory Board

The applied economics program advisory board is made up of leading experts in applied economic analytics from industry and the public sector. They help us ensure that the training we provide is exactly what our students need in order to excel in this ever-changing field.

Andrew Chamberlain - Chief Economist, Glassdoor

Andrew ChamberlainDr. Andrew Chamberlain is chief economist at Glassdoor. He oversees the research program at Glassdoor, providing analysis and commentary on labor market trends. He is an applied microeconomist who has written widely on labor markets and public policy. His work has been published in academic journals, cited in U.S. congressional testimony, and has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, the Washington Post, NPR, BBC and many others, and he is a regular guest on various television and radio programs. Previously Andrew was a policy economist in Washington, D.C. and chief economist at Columbia Economics, L.L.C. Andrew received his Ph.D. in economics from the University of California, San Diego, and bachelor’s degrees in economics and business administration from the University of Washington in Seattle. [Andrew's Twitter | Andrew's Medium]

Sean Chu - Chief Data Scientist, Sunrun

Sean ChuSean Chu is the Chief Data Scientist at Sunrun, which is working to bring affordable solar energy to retail consumers and to integrate this energy onto the electrical grid. An economist by training, his work spans a range of topics in industrial organization and related fields. He is currently applying the tools of econometrics, machine learning, experimentation, and economic modeling to solve business problems through gaining empirical insights about consumer behavior, photovoltaic system performance, energy markets, and internal company operations.

From 2014 to 2017, Sean was a researcher at Facebook Data Science, and before that, he was an economist for seven years at the Federal Reserve Board of Governors. In these positions, he pursued a research agenda that included structural modeling of social networks, consumer behavior in credit markets, dynamic decision problems, and the role of information in imperfectly competitive financial markets. His work at the Fed also informed competition policy and financial regulation.

Sean is originally from Northern California and received his PhD in Economics from Stanford in 2007.

Carolyn Evans - Chief Economist, Intel

Carolyn EvansCarolyn L. Evans is Chief Economist at Intel Corporation. Prior to joining Intel, Evans held the positions of associate professor of economics at Santa Clara University, senior economist at the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve, senior staff economist for international trade on the President's Council of Economic Advisers, and economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. She has published articles and books in the areas of international trade, political economy, global macroeconomics, and corporate finance. Evans is a member of the Conference of Business Economists, the Harvard University Discussion Group of Industrial Economists, the National Association for Business Economics (NABE), and the American Economic Association. She serves on the board of directors of NABE and the advisory board for the MS degree in business analytics at Santa Clara University. From Harvard University, Evans earned a PhD and master's degree in economics and a bachelor's degree in East Asian languages and civilizations. She also holds an MSc from the London School of Economics.

Liquan Huang - Senior Economist at Google

Liquan HuangLiquan Huang is a Senior Economist at Google driving innovation in YouTube's music streaming business. Prior to that, she was a Senior Economist in the Core AI team at Amazon. Liquan has extensive experience in applying advanced causal inference and machine learning models to help inform strategic business decisions. Liquan received her Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Rochester and B.S. in Mathematics from the University of Science and Technology of China.

Moonhawk Kim - Supervisor of Analytics, San Francisco Unified School District

Moonhawk KimMoonhawk Kim is Supervisor of Analytics at the San Francisco Unified School District, California's 7th largest school district. His mandate is to use quantitative analysis and social science to improve education for the nearly-60,000 children enrolled in the school district. His current responsibilities include improving social and technical data infrastructures to enable generation of actionable insights, designing novel reports and visualizations to facilitate better understanding of data, and carrying out evaluations of the school district's programs and policies to enhance evidence-based decision making. He also teaches introductory quantitative analysis, data bootcamp, and data visualization at the University of San Francisco. Prior to joining the San Francisco Unified School District, he was an assistant professor at the University of Colorado, Boulder, and published widely in academic journals on the political economy of global trade. Kim, a native Californian, earned his PhD from Stanford University and BA from University of California, Berkeley.

Jed Kolko - Chief Economist, Indeed

Jed KolkoJed Kolko is Chief Economist at the Indeed Hiring Lab. Previously he was Chief Economist and VP of Analytics at Trulia, the online real estate marketplace. He has also led research teams at the Public Policy Institute of California and at Forrester Research. Jed specializes in using large-scale proprietary and publicly available datasets to uncover insights about labor markets, the future of work, demographics, housing markets, and urban trends. He earned his B.A. in social studies and his Ph.D. in economics at Harvard University.

Maria (Cuky) Perez - Airbnb, Data Scientist Manager

Cuky PerezMaria (Cuky) Perez is a Data Science Manager at Airbnb where she currently works leading a group of 15+ data scientists in charge of supporting our Homes core business. In this role, she mentors data scientists of varying experience level and subject matter expertise (machine learning, inference, analytics). She also works closely with the cross-functional leadership team to provide the vision, project prioritization, and advise on product improvements and experimentation strategies. Before this role, she was the data science lead of Airbnb Plus for almost a year. Her responsibilities included guiding the team of data scientists to provide operational efficiency tracking (analytics), cost savings (via machine learning investments), and advise on how to measure our impact  (quasi-experimental methods). Before Airbnb she was an Assistant Professor of Public Policy at the Evans School of Public Policy at the University of Washington where she taught advanced methods in statistics, and program evaluation of public policies. Cuky completed her Ph.D. in the Economics of Education program at Stanford University in 2012. She received her professional degree in Economics from Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile, and a Master's degree in Economics at Stanford University. She was selected as an Emerging Education Policy Scholar in 2014, is the recipient of the Stanford Interdisciplinary Fellowship (SIGF) and the Spencer Dissertation Fellowship, and received the recognition of Rising Star Women of Color in Stem in 2017.

Wilko Schulz-Mahlendorff - Senior Manager and Economist, Amazon

At Amazon since 2013, Wilko is currently the manager of a growing group of economists supporting new business initiatives in Prime Video and Prime Music. He received his PhD from UCLA and his BS from Duke University.

Nino Sitchinava - Principal Economist, Houzz

Nino SitchinavaNino Sitchinava is Principal Economist at Houzz, an innovative residential remodeling and design platform and community. Nino leads Houzz's research on home building, renovation and design and provides timely insights on market trends to national, regional and trade media outlets, including the Wall Street Journal, the Associated Press and many others. Prior to joining Houzz, Nino was a manager at the prominent economic consultancy Analysis Group. She received her PhD from the University of Oregon.

Contact Info

Applied Economics MS

James Anderson, Program Manager

Cowell Hall, Room 409, 2130 Fulton Street, San Francisco, CA 94117-1081 (415) 422-2711 (415) 422-6983