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Our Team  
Patricia L. Silverstein, President & Chief Economist  

Patricia Silverstein has provided research and support for economic development efforts in Colorado and across the country since 1989. Her expertise in economic research and economic development includes industry cluster studies and strategic economic development planning. She has extensive experience in preparing economic impact and fiscal impact analysis for community development purposes. In addition, she serves as the consulting chief economist for the Metro Denver Economic Development Corp. and the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce. In these roles, she compiles, interprets, and forecasts economic and demographic data for the Denver metropolitan area and performs in-depth research on issues and proposed developments impacting the region. Ms. Silverstein provides numerous presentations on state and local economic conditions to business and professional organizations throughout the year.

Ms. Silverstein received a bachelor's degree in economics from Nebraska Wesleyan University in Lincoln, Nebraska and a master's degree in economics from the University of Colorado Boulder.

Patty is active in a number of business and professional organizations, including member of the Governorís Revenue Estimating Advisory Committee, the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER), the Economic Development Council of Colorado, and the Denver Association of Business Economists.


 

 
Jesse D. Silverstein, Vice President & Senior Economist  

Jesse Silverstein has extensive experience in preparing real estate market studies, public finance analysis, and economic/fiscal impact analysis for a variety of public-private development and redevelopment projects. Local and state governments, redevelopment agencies, and private investors utilize Jesseís advisory services to make critical decisions regarding real estate investment and economic development opportunities. Mr. Silverstein's experience includes positions as founder and executive director of the nonprofit Colorado Brownfields Foundation, director at Equitable Real Estate Investment Management, and chief appraiser for the Resolution Trust Corporation (a division of FDIC) in Washington, D.C.

Jesse is past president of the Denver Association of Business Economists and has authored articles on redevelopment in various local, national, and academic publications. He served as a governor-appointed member of the Colorado Petroleum Storage Tank Committee, and currently is a board member of the Colorado School of Mines Table Mountain Research Center and the nonprofit Community Builders.

Mr. Silverstein holds a bachelor's degree in economics from the University of Delaware, a master's degree in economics from the University of Colorado Boulder, and has an MAI professional designation in commercial real estate analysis from the Appraisal Institute.

 

 
Lisa Strunk, Senior Economist

Lisa Strunkís expertise is in identifying, analyzing, and describing key industry trends for business and economic development purposes. Ms. Strunk prepares all aspects of primary data research including instrument design, data collection, and analysis for specialized industry cluster research projects for various cities, counties, and customized geographic regions that highlight target industries for growth and retention. She also performs in-depth economic and fiscal impact analysis and assembles and analyzes economic and demographic data for varying project needs. Prior to joining DRP, Lisa was a senior research analyst for the Colorado Health Institute, a statistical analyst at the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing, and an economist in the Governorís Office of State Planning and Budgeting.

Ms. Strunk earned a masterís degree in economics from the University of Missouri-Columbia and a bachelorís degree in economics from the Pennsylvania State University. She is an active member of the Denver Association of Business Economists.

 

 
David A. Hansen, Senior Economist

David Hansenís expertise is in fiscal and economic impact analyses, having conducted numerous studies for industries such as higher education, traditional and renewable energy, and residential and commercial real estate development. Analyses entail developing customized models, applying standard economic and fiscal impact methodologies, and concisely identifying complex industry relationships. He has comprehensive knowledge of Coloradoís local budget and tax structures in order to identify the impact projects, businesses, and residents have on the fiscal situation of a community. David also conducts economic and demographic research for varying project needs, skills that he initially gained as a business development specialist for Delta Area Development prior to joining DRP.

Mr. Hansen earned a bachelorís degree in economics from Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado. He is an active member of the Denver Association of Business Economists, volunteers as a committee member for the University of Colorado Boulderís Business Economic Outlook Forum, and organizes the Cost of Living Index for the Denver metropolitan area through the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER).

 

 
Heather Jones, Research Associate

 

Heather Jones's expertise is in data organization and analysis. Ms. Jones compiles economic, fiscal, and demographic data related to various projects. She also supports research and reporting for industry studies, fiscal and economic impact analysis, and real estate and public finance economics. In addition, Heather monitors economic trends and developments throughout the Denver metropolitan area, and is the principle author of the Monthly Economic Indicators for Metro Denver as well as other economic and demographic reports for multiple counties and municipalities. Prior to joining DRP, Heather worked as a business consultant specializing in financial analysis. She was responsible for analyzing financial data and making recommendations to help companies evaluate performance and grow profitability.

Ms. Jones earned a bachelor's degree in economics with a minor in business management from California State University Channel Islands. She is an active member of the Denver Association of Business Economists.

 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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