Carolyn Alkire

2016 Research Fellow

Carolyn Alkire is an environmental economist with 35 years’ experience in applied research and public policy. As a consultant, she provides analyses on a range of natural resource and environmental management, regulatory, and policy issues for nonprofit organizations and private clients. Her work has addressed market and nonmarket values of lands and resources, tradeoffs associated with commodity uses vs. conservation, greenhouse gas and renewable energy markets, and financing land stewardship.

Prior to consulting, Carolyn was the Senior Regional Economist for the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG), San Diego County’s metropolitan planning organization (MPO). While at SANDAG, she led the economic analyses for the first Regional Transportation Plan completed by an MPO in California to comply with state greenhouse gas reduction targets in the “Sustainable Communities and Climate Protection Act of 2008” (SB 375).

Carolyn taught Economics at Palomar College in California, was a Resource Economist with The Wilderness Society in Washington, D.C., and has worked for private consulting firms in the D.C. area supporting environmental programs at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy, among others. She has authored several peer-reviewed journal articles and conference presentations. Carolyn earned a Ph.D. in Public Policy from George Washington University, an M.S. in Economics from North Carolina State University with a Statistics minor, and a B.A. in Economics, cum laude, from the University of Richmond.