Economist and journalist Gregg Erickson, was raised in Anchorage. In 1966 he joined the University of Alaska's Institute of Social and Economic Research as a resources economist. In 1972 he left Alaska to take an appointment as a research fellow with Resources for the Future, a Washington, D.C., think-tank.
Erickson's work at RFF on energy economics led to appointment in 1973 to the staff of what is now the U.S. Senate Energy Committee.
In 1976, Mr. Erickson returned to Alaska, becoming director of research for the Alaska Legislature. In 1984 he joined the Alaska Office of the Governor, where he served as senior economist under Governors Bill Sheffield and Steve Cowper. Following the Exxon Valdez oil spill in 1989, he was selected to direct the state's oil spill impact assessment and restoration efforts.
In 1991, Erickson left state government and opened Erickson & Associates, an economic consulting firm, and in the same year founded the Alaska Budget Report, a weekly legislative newsletter. He remains affiliated with the newsletter as editor-at-large.
He is co-author of Mineral Policy and the Public Lands, editor of two other books, and the author of more than 170 articles, papers and monographs on Alaska economics, public finance and fiscal policy issues. He frequently testifies as an economic expert in state and federal courts in Alaska.
Erickson is president of the Juneau Symphony Foundation. He is a long-time director of the New York-based Robert Schalkenbach Foundation and has served four terms as the foundation's treasurer and chair of its investment committee. He is married, has four grown children, and five grandchildren.
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