Chief Economist, Port Authority of NY & NJ
Alexander Heil: Dr. Alexander Heil is the chief economist of the planning and regional development department of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, providing strategic leadership on regional economic issues to the agency. He is responsible for developing and managing the agency’s economic research and analysis agenda; helping to ensure that the agency’s major investment and policy decisions are informed by sound economic principles; and increasing awareness of the region as a unified economic entity by regional governmental, business and civic leaders. Dr. Heil’s experience includes analyzing regional economic conditions; conducting regional cost benefits analysis; assessing the regional economic impacts of transportation and investments; and undertaking economic and financial project evaluations. Prior to his appointment at the Port Authority, he was an economist at Camp, Dresser & McKee Inc., where he conducted management consulting for government entities and private industry clients. He also worked at Cambridge Systematics Inc., Commonwealth Research Group Inc. and Arthur Anderson Business Consulting. His extensive teaching experience includes serving as an adjunct faculty member at Tufts University and Emmanuel College. Dr. Heil earned a Ph.D. in transportation economics from the University of Glamorgan in The United Kingdom. He received his bachelor’s degree from Hawai’i Pacific University and his master’s degree in economics from Golden Gate University.