Burr specializes in economic analysis of public
policy issues. Her areas of economic expertise
include municipal fiscal evaluation, regional
economics, public finance, and labor economics.
Burr has 16 years of experience as an economist.
She has prepared a number of studies on job
creation, economic development, fiscal policy
and municipal services for counties, cities,
and regional government agencies.
has authored numerous economic studies for
policymakers. Burr served as project coordinator
and lead author of the historic studies done
by the Los Angeles Local Agency Formation
Commission in processing the proposed special
reorganization (i.e. municipal secession)
of the San Fernando Valley, Hollywood and
San Pedro communities of the City of Los Angeles.
Burr was principal investigator for the large-scale
City of Los Angeles Tax Equity Study, a comprehensive
review of the city’s complex tax system
that culminated in modeling the revenue and
job creation impacts of mayoral and council
members’ tax reform proposals. Burr
has written studies on the work behavior and
prospects of welfare recipients, the causes
of American income inequality, unemployment
insurance, the geographic impact of federal
welfare reform, the labor market impact of
the North American Free Trade Agreement, and
high-tech economic development incentives.
has experience presenting economic studies
to policymakers including city council members,
city managers, mayors, county supervisors,
regional commissioners, planning commissions,
business groups and the League of Women Voters.
She serves as an advisor to the California
Employment Development Department, and formerly
chaired the Southern California Association
of Governments’ Data Task Force.
has excellent communication and writing skills.
Before and during her economic studies, she
was a journalist. Burr earned her M. A. in
labor and international economics from American
University, where she completed all Ph.D.
course-work and examinations. She earned her
B. A. with honors from University of Texas
at Austin, where she was a National Merit
Werber, Communications Strategist
Werber is a content and program strategist
with 25 years experience in the field of communications
management. She has coordinated public agency
stakeholder surveys, events, and reports on
public policy and economic issues. Her publications
include a wide variety of interactive and
print publications. She has worked in the
field of economic public policy for a decade
and has produced more than two dozen large
and small conferences covering a diverse selection
of economic and education specialties. She
received her B. A. with honors from Harvard
Stephenson is a research associate at
Burr Consulting where she is responsible
for regional and municipal research analysis.
She has technical expertise in benchmarking,
performance evaluation, municipal budgeting,
survey design, statistics, and economic
modeling. Jennifer has helped prepare
MSRs in Los Angeles and Yuba counties.
She assessed regional infrastructure needs
in the 187-city SCAG region for transportation,
air quality, water quality, open space,
and parks. She has also developed expertise
in public safety, building and planning
to joining Burr Consulting, she served
as a statistical analyst at the UCLA Research
Center and an economic development assistant
at the United Nations Development Program.
Her graduate thesis on school district
benchmarking was prepared for the Los
Angeles Mayor's office. She earned her
Master's degree in Public Policy from
Pepperdine University where she was a
Hebert-Brown is a research analyst at Burr
Consulting. He has expertise in commercial
real estate, economic development and geographic
analysis. Alex has conducted growth analysis
and performance evaluation of fire, street,
park, and reclamation services in Contra Costa,
Yuba, Amador, and Butte counties. He has analyzed
development activity, job creation, natural
disaster hazards, pollutant levels, agriculture
and open space lands for the six-county southern
California region. He has recently analyzed
the impact of the softening housing market
on property taxes in California. Prior to
joining Burr Consulting, Alex was a technician
at the U.S. Navy's Space and Warfare Systems
Center. He received his B.A. with Honors from
UCLA, where he majored in geography and business
The firm has hired experts from academia and
consulting firms to provide project expertise.
Interdisciplinary expert panel members advise
on project design, policy options and policy
recommendations, and also provide reviewers
of research studies. Burr Consulting has coordinated
expert panel members from the following firms