Economic Program

January 7th, 2020
12:00 PM – 1:15 PM

The Sentinel
614 SW 11th Ave, 3rd floor
Portland, OR

On January 7th we will be hosting our annual Economic Forecast where the best and brightest will gather to discuss the upcoming economic trends for 2020.Moderator Jim Parker will be joined by speakers Carolyn Evans and Christian Kaylor.

Carolyn Evans
Outlook for the Global Economy

Carolyn L. Evans is Chief Economist at Intel Corporation.   Prior to joining Intel, Carolyn held the positions of Associate Professor of Economics at Santa Clara University, Senior Economist at the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve, Senior Staff Economist for International Trade on the President’s Council of Economic Advisers, and Economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.  Carolyn holds a Ph.D. and M.A. in Economics and a B.A. in East Asian Languages and Civilizations, all from Harvard University.  She also holds a M.Sc. from the London School of Economics.

Christian Kaylor
Portland Economic Outlook

Christian Kaylor is a Workforce Economist for the Oregon Employment Department, specializing in the Portland area.  He provides data and analysis relating to the Portland economy to local businesses, business associations and government agencies to facilitate intelligent decision making. His monthly newsletter on the Portland economy has over 1,000 subscribers.

Before coming to the Employment Department twenty years ago, Christian worked in various positions in Oregon politics and policy. A native Oregonian, Christian has a degree in Economics from the University of Oregon.


The Portland region – and the city of Portland specifically – has seen superstar economic growth over the last 20 years. Where Portland was once a middle class region, today we are among the 10 wealthiest and best educated cities in the US.

We will explore the factors behind Portland’s economic transformation, and ask the question: with signs of an economic recession on the horizon how will the local economy perform when times get tough?