Ms. Brion has three decades of urban economics experience and has developed a reputation for leadership, strategic planning, and respect for multiple viewpoints. “I provide complete, accurate, and objective analyses that serve the whole situation, taking into consideration varying viewpoints and positions.” Her specialty is simplifying complex analyses and data and creating concise reports for informed decision-making. With specific expertise in the child care arena, Ms. Brion served as an advisor to the Child Care Planning Council of Sonoma County for many years. She is currently an advisor on the Build Up CA project, a statewide effort to increase the supply of child care facilities.
Prior to establishing Brion Economics, Inc. in 2000, Ms. Brion spent 10 years as an urban economist at Economic & Planning Systems in Berkeley. Earlier experience includes analyst and intern positions for planning and research firms and agencies, including NYU’s Urban Research Center, San Francisco’s Environmental Science Associates, and the San Francisco Planning Department.
Joanne holds a BA in Urban Studies from San Francisco State University and a Master’s Degree in Urban Planning from New York University, with a focus on economics and public policy.