2024 Orange County Economic Outlook

2024 Orange County Economic Outlook


In-Person/Online Webinar

UCI Beall Applied Innovation at the Cove - Irvine, CA

Tuesday, April 9, 2024

2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. (Pacific Time)

In-Person | Enhanced Webinar


  • Zoom Webinar
  • Quarterly Digital Forecast Report
  • Conference Handouts and Presentations
  • Participation in Q&A Session



Limited Webinar


  • YouTube Viewing Access Only




Housing and Commercial Real Estate

The US economy continues robust growth but for how long? What does current low consumer sentiment indicate for the future? With inflation remaining elevated are we in for higher interest rates after the current rate hike pause? Is California becoming the new Rust Belt? What are the prospects for housing and commercial real estate in Orange County? These are all important questions for decision-making by businesses and governments in Southern California. The driving forces behind the answers will be explored in depth during the annual UCLA Anderson Forecast Orange County Economic and Real Estate Outlook held in collaboration with the UCLA Ziman Center for Real Estate and UCI Paul Merage School of Business.



RSM Yaamava Resort and Casino at San Manuel

1:30 - 2:00 p.m.
Registration & Light Refreshments
2:00 - 2:10 p.m.
Welcome & Opening Remarks
Jerry Nickelsburg, Director, UCLA Anderson Forecast
2:10 - 3:30 p.m.
Forecast for U.S., California & Orange County 
Jerry Nickelsburg, Director, UCLA Anderson Forecast
Mark Schniepp, Principal, California Economic Forecast
Amanda Donson, Partner, Allen Matkins
3:30 - 3:45 p.m.
3:45 - 4:20 p.m.
A Conversation about New Issues in California Housing Policy
Lenny Mendonca, Chair, Fidelity Charitable & Former Chief Economic and Business Advisor to California Governor Gavin Newsom
Ed Coulson, Director, Center for Real Estate, UCI Merage School of Business
4:20 - 5:00 p.m.
Commercial Real Estate in Orange County
Tim Kawahara, Executive Director, UCLA Ziman Center for Real Estate (Moderator)
Arnold Lebrilla, Vice President, Commercial Real Estate - Bank of America
Grant Moore, Senior Associate, LBA Logistics
Eric Paulsen, Regional President, Brokerage - Southern California - Kidder Mathews
Songyi Wang ('21), Director, Investments - Greystar
5:00 p.m.
Closing Remarks
5:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Networking Reception