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HISPANIC BUSINESS Seats 2002 Board of Economists

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March 2002

HISPANIC BUSINESS is pleased to announce its 2002 Board of Economists (BOE). Representing leading universities, research organizations, and government agencies, the nine-member board will convene for an economic summit in Washington, D.C., in September and will provide expert analysis and commentary for the magazine and its Web properties. “The BOE was assembled to identify and evaluate domestic and international economic issues of concern to the U.S. business community,” says Frank Chow, chief economist of HispanTelligence, the research division of Hispanic Business Inc. “These distinguished economists were expressly chosen for their expertise in such wide-ranging areas as international capital markets, NAFTA, education, and health care.” First assembled in 1993, the BOE has played an integral role in HISPANIC BUSINESS magazine’s coverage of economic issues over the intervening years. In light of the current U.S. recession, the group’s insight may prove more valuable than ever, especially with regard to Hispanic-owned companies. “Hispanic-owned businesses, primarily small enterprises, will see improving business conditions later this year,” predicts Tony Villamil, CEO of the Washington Economics Group and a member of the 2002 BOE. He says knowledge-based services such as accounting and information technologies will see an improved business climate by the end of the year as larger corporations begin to expand. Advanced technologies with defense and security applications, for instance, are increasingly drawing attention from government contracting officers. Says fellow BOE member Henry Ingle, a professor of communication and associate vice-president of technology planning and distance learning at the University of Texas at El Paso: “Hispanics are fast becoming a significant demographic force, but they need more education and training if they are to participate fully in the socioeconomic fabric of the United States.” Following are brief biographies of this year’s BOE members.

George BorjasGeorge Borjas is Pforzheimer Professor of Public Policy at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. Specializing in labor markets, immigration, and public policy, he has authored several books, including Wage Policy in the Federal Bureaucracy; Friends or Strangers: The Impact of Immigrants on the U.S. Economy; Hispanics in the U.S. Economy (co-editor); International Differences in the Labor Market Performance of Immigrants; Immigration and the Work Force: Economic Consequences for the United States and Source Areas (co-editor); and Labor Economics. Mr. Borjas received his Ph.D. in economics from Columbia University and subsequently taught at the University of California at San Diego, the University of California at Santa Barbara, and Queen’s College of the City University of New York. He has served on the Council of Economic Advisors to California Governor Pete Wilson and has been a panel member at the National Academy of Sciences, the National Science Foundation, and the National Institutes of Health. He previously held the position of Senior Research Analyst for the National Bureau of Economic Research. Isaac CohenIsaac Cohen is president and CEO of Inverway LLC, a Washington, D.C., company dedicated to business development in the Western Hemisphere. He is the former director of the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean, where he served for 24 years. Mr. Cohen holds a doctorate in political science from the University of Geneva, Switzerland, and is a visiting lecturer at American University, Georgetown University, and George Washington University. He also lectures at the U.S. State Department Foreign Service Institute, National Defense University, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and various institutes in Latin America and South America. He is a weekly commentator on economic affairs for CNN-TV en Espanol and Global Economic Media GEM Radio. As a specialist in international trade, international capital flows, and country risks, he is a frequent contributor to trade and finance journals and is often cited in Latin American newspapers and other media. Adela de la TorreAdela de la Torre, an agricultural economist, is the director of the Mexican American Studies & Research Center at the University of Arizona. She also is a professor at the Arizona Prevention Center and directs the Border Academy, a summer institute that explores the unique characteristics of the U.S.-Mexico border. Her publications and research focus primarily on health-care access and finance issues that affect the Latino community. She received her Agricultural and Resource Economics in 1982 from the University of California, Berkeley. Before coming to the UA in 1996, Ms. de la Torre was chairperson of the Chicano and Latino Studies Department at Long Beach. She also was a Los Angeles Times syndicated columnist. In 1998 she was the principal investigator for a research project on Hispanic women and cancer, funded by the Cancer Federation. She is co-author of Mexican Americans and Health: ¡Sana! ¡Sana! (UA Press, 2001) and author of Moving from the Margins: A Chicana’s View of Public Policy (forthcoming). She is co-editor of Building With Our Hands: New Directions in Chicana Scholarship (UC Berkeley Press, 1993). In 1993 she was appointed by President Clinton to the White House Fellows Commission, following an earlier four-year appointment to the National Deafness and Communication Disorder Advisory Council of the NIH. She is also a member of the National Advisory Council for the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention. Jorge de PinalJorge del Pinal is Assistant Division Chief for Special Population Statistics at the U.S. Bureau of the Census. He is the senior statistician at the Bureau responsible for collection and dissemination of data on special populations, such as racial and ethnic groups, in federal surveys including the 2000 Census of Population and Housing, the Current Population Survey, and the American Community Survey. He has pioneered the use of new information technology at the Bureau. An expert on population statistics, particularly in ethnic data, he oversees many of the Bureau’s publications and has written numerous articles for scholarly journals. Mr. del Pinal received his Ph.D. in demography from University of California at Berkeley and has lectured or taught at the University of Southern California, the University of Michigan, Rutgers State University, Thunderbird American Graduate School of International Management, the Hispanic Women Leadership Institute, the Leadership Management for Urban Executives Institute, and the Center for Strategic Urban Community Leadership. He has been a Fellow at the Center for Chicano Research at Stanford University and a United Nations University Fellow for the Institute of Nutrition for Central America and Panama (INCAP) in Guatemala City. He has also worked at the United Nations, the U.S. General Accounting Office, and Westinghouse Corp. Raul Hinojosa-Ojeda is founding research director of the North American Integration and Development Center at the University of California at Los Angeles. He is co-author of Latinos in a Changing U.S. Economy: Comparative Perspectives on the U.S. Labor Market Since 1939 and coeditor of Labor Market Interdependence Between the United States and Mexico. His most recent book is Convergence and Divergence Between NAFTA, Chile, and MERCOSUR: Overcoming Dilemmas of North and South American Economic Integration. He has also written numerous book chapters and journal articles. Mr. Hinojosa-Ojeda earned his Ph.D. in political science from the University of Chicago and is a visiting scholar at the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank, the University of California at Berkeley, and several academic institutions in Mexico. He was one of the originators of the North American Development Bank and has been an academic consultant for the Center for Latin American Studies at Stanford University as well as a research associate with the Americas Program and the Stanford Center for Chicano Research. Henry IngleHenry Ingle is Professor of Communication and Associate Vice-President of Technology Planning and Distance Learning at the University of Texas at El Paso, where he has directed a number of innovative instructional technology projects. He recently participated as part of an invited international team of experts in a study of educational and training needs for the state of Jalisco, Mexico, sponsored by the Overseas Council for Educational Development. Mr. Ingle earned his Ph.D. in communications and education from Stanford University and was the recipient of senior Fulbright-Hays Fellowships to Spain and Peru, postdoctoral fellowships from the Ford Foundation and National Research Council, and a fellowship award from the University of Texas system to participate in the Distance Education Executive Leadership Institute. He has worked for UNESCO, the World Bank, USAID, the Organization of American States, the U.S. Information Agency, World Education, and the Academy for Educational Development, and has written numerous scholarly articles and book chapters. He is a member of the board of trustees for the College Board of New York, the Hispanic Telecommunications Network of San Antonio, and the Mexico-Norte Consortium, which conducts transnational border research. He also is a member of the executive committee of Educause, a project funded by the National Science Foundation to strengthen the use of advanced technologies at minority-serving institutions of higher education.  Bárbara J. Robles is an assistant professor of public affairs at the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin. She is currently a member of the Congressional Hispanic Advisory Council, whose work focuses on NAFTA and other economic issues confronting U.S. Hispanics. She has also served as a consultant for the Legislative Strengthening Initiative Program (1998), a joint University of Texas (Austin) and USAID program that offered data analysis and procedural recommendations to the Finance Committee of the El Salvador National Assembly. Ms. Robles holds a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Maryland at College Park. Before joining the LBJ School, she worked as an economist for the U.S. Congress Joint Committee on Taxation and taught at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Among her recent publications are “Women in the U.S.: An Economic Profile,” in Women and Work: Race, Ethnicity, and Class (Sage Publishers, 1997); and “Latinas in the Academy: Profiling Leadership, Promoting Future Scholars,” Reflexiones (1995). She is a member of several professional organizations, including the American Economic Association. Since 1992 she has served on that group’s Committee on the Status of Minorities in the Profession and has helped develop strategies to encourage minorities to explore and pursue careers in economics. Marta TiendaMarta Tienda is the Maurice P. During ’22 Professor of Demographic Studies, professor of sociology and public public affairs, and director of the Office of Population Research at Princeton University. She is also president of the Population Association of America for 2002. Her recent books include The Color of Opportunity (coauthor) and Youth in Cities (co-editor). She also coauthored The Hispanic Population of the United States and co-edited Divided Opportunities and Hispanics in the U.S. Economy. She is currently directing a major research project to evaluate the consequences of the Texas Top 10% Law, which guarantees admission to a public state university to all seniors who graduate in the top 10% of their high school class. Ms. Tienda, who earned her Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin, is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. She has served on panels and boards for the National Academy of Sciences, the National Science Foundation, and the National Institutes of Health. She has held Guggenheim and Sackler fellowships, and currently serves on the boards of the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the W.T. Grant Foundation, and the Jacobs Foundation of Switzerland. Her teaching appointments include the University of Chicago, where she served as department chair, Stanford University (visiting), and the University of Wisconsin at Madison. J. Antonio VillamilTony Villamil is CEO of the Washington Economics Group Inc., which provides strategic consulting services for corporations and institutions based in the Americas. He is also chairman of Florida’s Governor’s Council of Economic Advisors and a member of the Board of Directors of Enterprise Florida – the state’s principal public/private economic development organization. From 1989 to 1993, Mr. Villamil was U.S. Undersecretary of Commerce for Economic Affairs under President George H. Bush. More recently, he was a member of President George W. Bush’s Transition Advisory Committee on U.S. commercial and trade policies and served as director of Florida’s Office of Tourism, Trade, and Economic Development. Previously, he was Chief Economist and Special Advisor to the Secretary for the U.S. Commerce Department as well as senior vice-president and chief economist for Southeast Bank N.A. (acquired by First Union Bank). He received an M.A. in economics from Louisiana State University and an honorary Doctor of Science degree in economics from Florida International University. He has been a member of Time magazine’s Board of Economists and is author of numerous articles on Latin American trade, the U.S. economy, and finance.

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