Speakers

Speakers

South Bay Economic Panel:


Jennifer Brodmann

Dr. Jennifer Brodmann
Faculty Researcher
CSUDH South Bay Economics Institute

Dr. Jennifer Brodmann is an assistant professor of finance at California State University Dominguez Hills. She graduated from the University of New Orleans with her Ph.D. and M.S. in Financial Economics. Her research focuses on corporate and entrepreneurial finance. Dr. Brodmann has presented her research at several conferences, including the Eastern Finance Association, Southwestern Finance Association, Academy of Financial Services, Academy of Economics and Finance, and the Gulf Research Council. Dr. Brodmann’s research is published in several peer-reviewed journals, including the International Review of Economics and Finance, Journal of Economics and Business, International Journal of Bank Marketing, Journal of Business Accounting and Finance Perspectives, Journal of Economic Cooperation and Development, and Borsa Istanbul Review.

Dr. Brodmann has multiple years of experience teaching and mentoring students. She has served as a mentor for the CSUDH Innovation Incubator, faculty mentor for the South Bay Economics Forecast Student Research Competition, and a research mentor to undergraduate students for the Privateer Undergraduate Research and Scholarly UNO Experience (PURSUE) program. Her students and mentees have published their work with her in peer-reviewed journals and presented their research at the South Bay Economic Forecast, Academy of Economics and Finance, CSUDH Student Research Day, and Innovate UNO, an annual student research conference at the University of New Orleans.


Jose Martinez

Dr. Jose Martinez
Co-Director
CSUDH South Bay Economics Institute

Jose Martinez, Ph.D., received his bachelor's degree in economics from California State University, San Marcos and his master's and Ph.D. in economics from the University of California, San Diego. He is currently teaching microeconomics and macroeconomic principles and international business in the Accounting, Finance, and Economics Department at CSUDH. His research interests are labor economics, applied micro, migration, crime, and time series econometrics. Dr. Martinez also is co-director of the CSUDH Economics Institute.


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Dr. Fynnwin Prager
Co-Director
CSUDH South Bay Economics Institute

Fynnwin Prager, Ph.D., is co-director of the Economics Institute at CSU Dominguez Hills, College of Business Administration and Public Policy. Previously, he was a postdoctoral research associate at USC’s Price School of Public Policy and Center for Risk and Economic Analysis of Terrorism Events (CREATE), and he remains affiliated with the center.

He received his Ph.D. in policy, planning, and development from the Price School. His research has focused on the policy and economics of disasters, particularly environmental and terrorism policy, and the impacts to regional economies and transportation systems. Dr. Prager’s dissertation focused on climate policy, and used Computable General Equilibrium modeling to analyze the economic and distributional impacts of US federal emissions trading policy. He has also worked on similar assessments of California’s Global Warming Solutions Act (AB32)and co-founded Carbon Retirement, an innovative London-based carbon offsets company.


Looking into the Future Panel:


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Josh Brost
Vice President of Business Development
Relativity Space

In this role, he leads all of Relativity’s Business Development and Customer Mission Management efforts.  Prior to joining Relativity, Josh spent 9 years at SpaceX where he was the Senior Director of Government Business development in charge of all new US Government Business. Earlier is his career Josh also worked as a Consultant at the Boston Consulting Group and as an Aerospace Engineer at Boeing. Josh earned a Bachelor's and a Master's degree in Aerospace Engineering from Arizona State University and The University of Washington respectively and a Master's in Business Administration from Harvard Business School.


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Dansil Green
Engineer, Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC)
United States Space Force

In this role, Ms. Green supports the United States Space Force’s mission innovation efforts. She leads customer discovery for Space Force Pitch Day and advises the stand-up of SpaceWERX and the Space Prime initiative. In conjunction with this position, she was a Summer/Fall 2020 Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) Space Emerging Commercial Technology Rapid Engagement (SPECTRE) Member where she contributed to the planning and execution of the SMC and AFRL space accelerators including Techstars Starburst, Hyperspace Challenge, and Catalyst Accelerator.

Ms. Green graduated from California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly) in 2019 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering. While at school, she was a member of the Cal Poly CubeSat Laboratory and Space Systems team as well as a chapter officer for the Society of Women Engineers. In 2017, she was awarded a scholarship through the DoD’s Science, Mathematics, and Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship to Service Program. She is currently a Phase 2 Scholar with SMC.

Prior to her current position, Ms. Green was a systems engineer with the Rapid Development Division, Space Development Corps, SMC, Los Angeles AFB. In this role, she supported engineering efforts for four rapid prototyping small satellites, including space vehicle, ground system, testing, and systems security engineering work. Ms. Green was also an intern with the Military Satellite Communications Systems Directorate (MILSATCOM), SMC, Los Angeles AFB during the Summer of 2018.


Mouse McCoy

Mouse McCoy
Chairman/Creative Director
Studio MSD

Mouse is a Baja 1000 champion motorcycle racer, box office number one Hollywood director, and three-time world record producer. As an Industry 5.0 pioneer serving the DoD, he leverages his experience as an entertainment studio CEO and lives at the intersection of technological innovation and the creative arts.


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CA Asm. Al Muratsuchi
Chair, Select Committee Aerospace & Joint Legislative Climate Change
California Assemblymember

Al Muratsuchi is a California Assemblymember representing the 66th Assembly District, located in the South Bay of Los Angeles County. A longtime South Bay resident, husband, and father, and a former Deputy Attorney General with the California Department of Justice and a former Torrance School Board member, Al's priorities are jobs, education, health care, the environment, public safety, and veterans.

Al, his wife Hiroko Higuchi, Ph.D., and his daughter, who attends a local public school, live in the South Bay. The son of a U.S. Army civil servant and a school teacher, Al was born and raised on U.S. military bases. He is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, and the UCLA School of Law.

As Chairman of the Assembly Select Committee on Aerospace, Al wrote job-creating laws like Assembly Bill 777 and co-authored AB 2389 to support South Bay aerospace leaders like SpaceX and Northrop Grumman grow and create thousands of local jobs.

In 2018, Al delivered $231 million in state funding to extend the Los Angeles Metro Green Line light rail service to Torrance and Redondo Beach, creating construction jobs and cutting down on traffic and air pollution.

Al also wrote Assembly Bill 2188, a law that streamlined regulations for small businesses and created jobs in the solar industry. For his work on AB 2188, Al received the 2014 Legislator of the Year Award from the California Solar Energy Industries Association.


Emcee & Moderator


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Frank Mottek
Mottek on Money
KABC 790

Frank Mottek is the voice of business news in Los Angeles. An award-winning broadcast journalist with more than 25 years of experience, Mottek is the senior money anchor at KNX 1070 Newsradio and provides listeners with “Your Money” reports weekdays at 20 and 50 past each hour between 6 a.m. and 1 p.m.

On Saturdays at 11 a.m., he hosts “Mottek on Money,” the number one source for business and consumer news in Southern California.