About Us

For over 70 years, the UCLA Anderson Forecast has provided forecasts for the economies of California and the United States.


Founded by Professor Robert M. Williams in 1952, the national forecast has been recognized as one of the most accurate and has a reputation for being unbiased – a factor that the numerous corporate and Wall Street forecasts cannot lay claim to. The California forecast is the most widely followed and oft-cited in the state and was unique in predicting both the seriousness of the early-1990s downturn and the strength of the state economy’s rebound since 1993. It was also credited as the first major U.S. economic forecasting group to declare the recession of 2001. More recently, it was the first group to predict the 2020 COVID recession.

Current director Jerry Nickelsburg along with economists William Yu, Zhiyun Li, Thomas Ash, Sayantani Sayantani and professor emeritus Edward Leamer and visiting scholar David Shulman, combine their own expertise with the latest computer-based econometric models. We have published regional forecasts for Los Angeles, Orange County, San Francisco - and other local regional economies.

Our quarterly conferences are attended by a cross-section of business, government and academic decision-makers from all over California as well as the United States. We typically draw 400-500 attendees. Many of our attendees subscribe to the Forecast and attend most or all of our quarterly conferences. Others are drawn by the specific topic of a conference, such as real estate, climate change or technology as a key part of the regional economy.

Seminar members include companies: Avenu Insights & Analytics, Cathay Bank and Southern California Edison; regional entities include the Orange County Transportation Authority, Los Angeles County CEO's Office, Los Angeles Regional Consortium, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power and Los Angeles Country Metropolitan Transportation Authority; and California entities include the Department of Finance, State Energy Commission, State Air Resources Board, Employment Development Department and State Controller’s Office.

Who We Are

William Yu
UCLA Anderson Forecast

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Zhiyun Li
Mercury Insurance Climate Economist,
UCLA Anderson Forecast

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Thomas Ash
UCLA Anderson Forecast

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David Shulman
Senior Economist Emeritus,
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Seth Katz
Director of Development,
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Email: seth.katz@anderson.ucla.edu
Office: (310) 206-6310
George Lee
George Lee
Marketing and Publications Manager,
UCLA Anderson Forecast
Virginia Dela Cruz-Gitau
Senior Administrative Analyst,
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Notable Speakers


Chang Liu, President & CEO, Cathay Bank (December 2023)

Teresa Bryce Bazemore, President & CEO, Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco (December 2023)

Victor Joseph, Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer, Mercury General Corporation (October 2023)

Johnese Spisso, President, UCLA Health & CEO, UCLA Hospital System, Associate Vice Chancellor, UCLA Health Sciences (March 2023)

Mike Wirth, CEO, Chevron Corporation (May 2022)

Gene Seroka, Executive Director, Port of Los Angeles (March 2022)

Scott Kirby, CEO, United Airlines (Oct 2021)

Mary Daly, President & CEO, Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco (Sept 2021)

Andy Cohen, Co-CEO, Gensler (June 2021)

Sandra R. Hernández, MD, President & CEO, California Health Care Foundation  (March 2021)

Congressman Ted W. Lieu, CA 33rd District, U.S. House of Representatives  (December 2020)

Ivy Zelman, CEO, Zelman & Associates  (June 2020)

Richard Florida, Professor, Urbanist and Writer  (June 2020)

Adam Miller, Founder and CEO, Cornerstone OnDemand  (September 2019)

Harry E. Sloan, Founder and CEO Global Eagle Acquisitions, former Chairman and CEO, Metro Goldwyn Mayer  (March 2019)

Gavin Newsom, Lieutenant Governor, State of California  (March 2018)

Christopher Harvey, Head of Equity Strategy, Wells Fargo Securities  (Dec 2017)

Gary Schoenfeld, Former CEO, Pacific Sunwear and Vans, Inc.  (Sept 2017)

Charles Wolf, Jr., Distinguished Chair in International Economics; Senior Economic Adviser; Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School  (Sept 2016)

Peter Lowy, Co-CEO, Westfield Corp. (June 2016)

John Williams, President and CEO, Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco  (Sept 2015)

Peter Guber, CEO, Mandalay Entertainment (March 2015)

Eric Garcetti, Mayor of Los Angeles (April 2014)

Noel Massie, President, UPS Southern California (April 2014)

Contact Us


UCLA Anderson Forecast

110 Westwood Plaza, Gold Hall Suite B305
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1481

Phone: (310) 825-1623
Fax: (310) 206-9940
Email: forecast@anderson.ucla.edu