Former CJTC Staff
Justin is a UCSC graduate with a MS in applied economics and finance. He joined the CJTC team during his final year of graduate studies and was able to combine his social justice interests with his skills in econometric analysis and public policy research.
At the CJTC, he worked on a project that studied the efficacy of different types of labor market intermediaries in the allocation of people to jobs and in terms of the benefits they provide through the analysis of survey data taken from two different economies, Milwaukee and the Silicon Valley. He is currently finishing up a project for the Southern Californian Association of Governments, the purpose of which is to predict median household income by ethnicity and other measures of income at the Census tract level in 5 year increments until 2030, to serve as an input into a model of public transportation. It was through this project that he gained interest in the effects of geography on the relationship of variables measured at nearby locations and paved the way for his masters thesis, which focused on the application of spatial statistics to a regression model that predicts median household income at a small-area level of geography. He looks forward to working on issues around environmental justice and the "digital divide" (the gap in computer and internet usage across income and racial lines), and continuing to develop skills in Geographic Information Systems and statistical analysis.
Raised near Fort Ross, Justin developed an addiction for the ocean and spends much of his free time surfing. He has also taken up disc golf fairly seriously and with whatever time remains, he plays music and spends time with friends and family.