Our Research

Our Team

Philip Jordan, Executive Director

Philip Jordan is the Executive Director of EARI and Vice-President of BW Research Partnership, leading the firms’ Massachusetts offices. His work focuses on the impact of talent on economic prosperity and sustainable communities, and his personal passion is developing solutions that provide expanded opportunities for the most underserved to serve populations. Mr. Jordan is a fellow at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University where he focuses on talent development in the age of globalization and automation.

Mr. Jordan has extensive experience studying the innovation economy, in particular, energy and ICT.  He has authored dozens of reports including The United States Energy and Employment Report (USEER), The Solar Foundation's annual Solar Jobs Census, the Natural Resource  Defense Council's American Wind Farms Report, solar and wind labor Market analyses for the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, statewide energy studies for nineteen states, and numerous local reports for workforce boards, community colleges, and municipalities.  He recently published a book with El Sevier on the global solar industry. Phil has worked in private industry, academia, and government, including the California Community Colleges, Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and the United States Senate. He lives and works in Wrentham, Massachusetts.

Josh Williams, Research Director

  

Josh is the Research Manager of EARI and also the Co-Founder and Principal Researcher at BW Research. He is responsible for the firm’s workforce, economic development, and survey research. Prior to founding BW Research in 2006, Mr. Williams was Director of Research for another west coast research firm. While there, he directed or supervised over 200 research projects over a six-year period with an aggregate budget of over three million dollars. 

Mr. Williams has considerable experience analyzing and researching the national economy and conducting economic and fiscal impact analyses in sectors such as education and renewable energy. He has directed several industry cluster mapping and analysis studies across the country, as well as modeling related industry supply chains. 

Mr. Williams is well-versed in a wide array of sophisticated quantitative methods to analyze data and, more importantly, provide clear directions for clients based on research findings. He received his B.A. in International Economics from George Washington University and his M.A. in Economics from California State University, Long Beach. 

Dr. Edward Cunningham, Director

Edward Cunningham is the Director of China Programs at Harvard University and a China specialist in the areas of energy and environmental markets, technology, and policy as well as business/government relations, competitiveness and innovation. The rise of new wealth in China is a new area of professional interest. He works with a range of energy technology companies and financial firms in the US, Europe and China commercializing sustainable energy and infrastructure solutions. Dr. Cunningham also teach courses in international economics, energy and the environment, and Asia's role in the global economy, in addition to government and corporate training programs in these areas. 

Celina Shands

As Co-founder of Business U and CEO of Full Capacity Marketing, Inc., Celina is the 2017 Marketing CEO of the Year in the Pacific Coast USA, a former American Marketing Association Marketer of the Year and a two-time Women Who Mean Business finalist. Celina holds degrees in Business and Marketing and has more than 25 years experience as a consultant and facilitator earning more than 55 international awards for her work in government and nonprofit sectors. Her private sector experience lends itself to building systematic approaches in finding creative solutions to shrinking budgets, and aligning staff around organizational objectives and values. Celina is a sought-after keynote speaker and trainer at national and state workforce, education and economic development conferences.

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Stephen Levy, Director

Stephen Levy is an economist with deep expertise in economic mobility. The founder of the Center for Continuing Study of the California Economy and member of the California Workforce Development Board, Mr. Levy is a widely respected expert in research and labor policy.