The Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation (LAEDC) announced the hiring of Robert A. Kleinhenz, Ph.D as the new Chief Economist at the Kyser Center for Economic Research.
The appointment follows the December retirement of Nancy Sidhu, Ph.D who had led the Center, which was named for the late economist Jack Kyser.
“We are delighted to welcome Dr. Kleinhenz as the new head of the Kyser Center, particularly as he was heartily recommended to us by both its founder Jack Kyser, and its chief economist Dr. Nancy Sidhu,” noted LAEDC CEO Bill Allen.
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Kleinhenz recently served as Deputy Chief Economist at the California Association of REALTORS® (C.A.R.) where he managed their Economics Department. He has spoken to national, state, and local audiences and was a frequent contributor to the media coverage of the housing market in California.
LAEDC officials say Kleinhenz is a much sought after regional specialist in Southern California with knowledge of the Los Angeles County economy and its diverse industry sectors.
Prior to his work at C.A.R., Kleinhenz taught economics for over 15 years, most recently at California State University, Fullerton. Holding a Ph.D from the University of Southern California, Kleinhenz specialized in urban and regional economics. He also holds Masters of Arts in economics from the University of Southern California, and a Bachelors degree from the University of Michigan.
On Wednesday, February 15, Dr. Kleinhenz will unveil his first annual forecast as head of the Kyser Center.