Micah Weinberg, PhD


Dr. Weinberg is currently President of the Economic Institute at the Bay Area Council. In this role, he manages a team of professional researchers who produce world class economic and policy analysis and insight. Economic opportunity, affordable housing, reliable transportation, and lifelong learning are the pillars of personal and community health. Dr. Weinberg’s own research and advocacy focuses on improving these “social determinants” of health as well as on expanding access to high quality, affordable healthcare.  Before coming to the Council, Micah was Senior Research Fellow at the New America Foundation.  Dr. Weinberg’s writing has appeared in diverse outlets from Politico to Policy Studies Journal, and he has appeared on Fox News and NPR. He holds a doctoral degree in Political Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and graduated with honors from Princeton University with a degree in Politics.

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R. Sean Randolph, Ph.D, Senior Director

R. Sean Randolph, PhD

Senior Director

Sean Randolph is Senior Director of the Bay Area Council Economic Institute, where he served as President & CEO from 1998-2015.  Dr. Randolph previously served as director of international trade for the State of California (1994-98), where he directed international programs to stimulate exports and introduce California companies to overseas markets. Before service with the state, he was Managing Director of the RSR Pacific Group, an international business consulting firm specializing in Asia and Latin America.  His professional career includes extensive experience in the U.S. Government, on the U.S. Congress staff (1976-1980), and White House staff (1980-1981).  Dr. Randolph holds a JD from the Georgetown University Law Center, a Ph.D. from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy (Tufts and Harvard Universities), a B.S.F.S. from Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service, and studied at the London School of Economics.

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Pamela M. Winter

Senior Advisor

Pam Winter provides deep and substantive editing support to help the Institute deliver its message in print and online optimized to capture reader attention and produce maximum comprehension. Her specialties include copyediting, layout, typography, information graphics, press-ready digital file preparation, and webpage formatting with HTML5 and CSS. She focuses on readability and the way type works, instead of just the way it looks.

In her previous career, Pam provided operations management and computer support at the Bay Area Council, where she was in on the ground floor of the digital (or desktop) publishing revolution. Pam has a bachelor’s degree in American Studies from the University of California, Davis. She is a tech-savvy WordPress user who enjoys time spent customizing themes and looks forward to someday building her own Readability theme from scratch.



Jeff Bellisario

Vice President

Jeff Bellisario is a Research Manager for the Bay Area Council Economic Institute. He supports a wide range of Institute research through project management, research design, and analysis. His research interests lie at the intersection of community development and finance, and his past projects include analyses of Bay Area housing programs, public-private partnerships for infrastructure, and the economic impacts of transportation investments.

Prior to joining the Bay Area Council Economic Institute, Jeff worked in Chicago in various portfolio management and investment analysis positions for John Hancock Financial Services and State Farm. Jeff holds an MPP degree from the UC-Berkeley Goldman School of Public Policy and a BS in Finance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He enjoys long runs through the hills of the East Bay and cheering on his favorite baseball team, the Chicago Cubs.


Patrick Kallerman

Research Director

Patrick Kallerman is a Research Director at the Bay Area Council Economic Institute, where he is responsible for conducting primary analyses, developing research designs, and managing projects. His areas of interest include labor economics, health care, and the environment. Past projects include an examination of high-tech employment and wages in the United States, estimating the economic impact of the Affordable Care Act in California, and an objective look at the size of the 1099 economy. Patrick’s work has appeared in outlets such as Bloomberg, Fast Company, and The Wall Street Journal.

Previously Patrick was Policy Director at Health Systems Project and before that a Consultant with Accenture. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in economics from California State University Long Beach. Patrick takes every possible opportunity to explore California’s natural wonders — usually with fly rod in hand — and proudly supports a variety of conservation causes.


Camila Andrea Mena

Camila Andrea Mena

Research Analyst

Camila Andrea Mena is a Research Analyst for the Bay Area Council Economic Institute. Collaborating with the Economic Institute’s team, she is involved in data collection and analysis to produce reports reflecting the current state of the Bay Area’s economy.

Originally from Colombia, Camila has lived in the San Francisco Bay Area since she was 12. She graduated from UC Berkeley with a degree in Sociology with an emphasis on economic development. Before joining the Economic Institute, Camila worked at the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission’s Real Estate Division where she aided real estate analysts in the management of the City’s land. Camila likes to spend her free time volunteering for causes remedying poverty  in the Bay Area, painting, and spending time with her family and friends.


Kim Cespedes

Kim Cespedes

Executive Assistant

Kim Cespedes is the Executive Assistant for the Bay Area Council Economic Institute. She is responsible for providing the Institute staff with the administrative support they need to complete their research projects on time and handles the Institute’s various events. She also supports the Institute Board of Trustees and the BASIC Board of Directors under the direction of Dr. Weinberg and Dr. Randolph.

Kim worked for the state and the corporate world, however now utilizes her talents for the Institute. She graduated with honors from San Francisco State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology. She likes to indulge in the culinary arts, garden and spend time with her family.