Economic Advancement Research Institute

Meet Our Team

Board of Directors

Phil Jordan

Phil Jordan, Executive Director, EARI
Vice President, BW Research Partnership

Philip Jordan is the executive director of the Economic Advancement Research Institute and the vice president of BW Research Partnership. Jordan has authored numerous reports, including national solar labor market studies, regional renewable energy and green construction analyses, and comprehensive reports on industry clusters from healthcare to technology. He previously served the director of the San Diego and Imperial Region Center of Excellence where he provided training and skill gap analysis to the nine community colleges in his region. His research focused primarily on healthcare, information and communications technologies, and green industries. Prior to managing the Center, Philip was a consultant for Mass Insight, a private consulting firm in Boston, Massachusetts, and was an Associate at Bingham McCutchen where he practiced real estate, environmental, and aviation law. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Connecticut and his J.D. and Certificate in Environmental and Land Law from Boston College Law School. Mr. Jordan lives in Massachusetts and has offices in Wrentham, MA and Carlsbad, CA.

Josh Williams

Josh Williams
President, BW Research
Applied Research Director, EARI

Josh Williams, the president and founder of BW Research has been leading and directing applied economic and market research studies for almost 15 years. His work typically uses complex research methodologies to find data to reveal the strengths and weaknesses of different policies, strategies and ideas. His passion for applied research is tied to his work on education, employment and economic opportunity. Prior to founding BW Research in 2006, Mr. Williams was Director of Research for another west coast-based research firm. With a deep understanding of how applied research, Mr. Williams has been a keynote speaker at several conferences and summits, and has been a guest lecturer at different universities on workforce and economic development research, as well as applied research methods. Mr. Williams received his B.A. in International Economics from George Washington University and his M.A. in Economics from California State University, Long Beach.

Steven Levy

Stephen Levy, Director
Center for Continuing Study of the California Economy (CCSCE)

CCSCE is a private research organization founded in 1969 to provide an independent assessment of economic and demographic trends in California. Steve is currently starting a one-year data analysis and strategy development project to improve the career pathway prospects for low and moderate income workers in the Bay Area. During the three past years, Steve has participated in several workforce related projects including the Regional Innovation Grant project for the Silicon Valley workforce boards; work with on the ICT sector in Silicon Valley and a labor market analysis for the Contra Costa and Alameda Workforce Boards. His interests also include the conditions for economic competitiveness in California and the impact of immigration on the state economy. Stephen Levy has degrees in economics from MIT and Stanford University.

Edward Cunningham

Edward Cunningham, Ph.D
Director, Harvard Kennedy School Asia Energy & Sustainability Initiative
Assistant Professor, Boston University, Department of Earth and Environment

Professor Cunningham received a B.S. from Georgetown University, an A.M. from Harvard University, and his Ph.D. from M.I.T. Cunningham serves as the director of Harvard Kennedy School Asia Energy and Sustainability Initiative, and is an assistant professor for Boston University’s Department of Earth and Environment. He is also a research affiliate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T.) Industrial Performance Center and serves as a consultant to private and publicly listed companies, with a particular focus on international competitiveness, energy markets, technology, and non-market strategy. Cunningham has worked in Beijing, studied at Peking University and Tsinghua University, and was selected as a Fulbright Fellow to China. His academic work has appeared in major media such as The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Economist and Bloomberg. He is fluent in Mandarin and Italian.


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“The Jinyuan Group: China’s Energy Boom and the Rise of Local Government Entrepreneurs”,Harvard Kennedy School Case Study, September 2013

“Multinational Corporations and “Indigenous Innovation” in China’s Chemical Industry: The Case of Dow Chemical”, Harvard Kennedy School Case Study, July 2013

Celina Shands Gradijan

Celina Shands Gradijan, President/CEO
Full Capacity Marketing, Inc. (FCM)

FCM is a national woman-owned California corporation with offices in San Diego and Washington, D.C., and is dedicated to building sustainable public/private partnerships to help regional communities thrive. FCM received nine international awards in the past three years for its work in government and nonprofit communications, including seven Davey Awards sanctioned and judged annually by the International Academy of the Visual Arts (IAVA) among a field of more than 4,000 global entries. A graduate of East Carolina University in business and marketing, Celina is a recipient of the American Marketing Association’s Marketer of the Year award and is a two-time Women Who Mean Business finalist. Her work is data driven with a passion to build high performing organizations by aligning business processes with a brand strategy that results in outstanding market position to attract the right funders, partners, and customers.