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Economics, Planning, and Technical Communications Group
Economics and Resource Planning Team

Who We Are

The Economics and Resource Planning Team includes nine professionals with diverse academic and professional backgrounds, including agricultural and environmental economists, planners, managers, and social scientists (as listed below).

Name (year joined Reclamation)
(other experience)
Education Areas of Expertise

Susan Black (1974-81; 1991)

B.A. (Economics) St. Martin’s University

Resource Management;

Public Involvement;

Project Planning;

Social Analysis;

Environmental Justice;

Indian Trust Assets

Rob M. Davis (1995)

B.S. (Agricultural Business), Colorado State University;

M.S. (Agricultural Economics), Utah State University;

Ph.D. (Agricultural Economics), Colorado State University

Agricultural Economics;

Financial and Repayment Analysis

B.S. (Animal Sciences and Agribusiness), University of Idaho;

M.S. (Agricultural Economics), University of Idaho

Agricultural Economics;

Environmental Economics;

Regional Impact Analysis

B.S. (Environmental Science) University of Arizona, 2006;

M.S. (Agricultural & Resource Economics) University of Arizona, 2011

Agricultural Economics;

Environmental Economics;

Econometric Analysis

David A. Harpman (1992)
(U.S. Peace Corps, 3 years)

B.S. (Wildlife and Fisheries Management), West Virginia University;

M.S. (Agricultural Economics), Colorado State University;

Ph.D. (Resource Economics), Colorado State University

Hydropower Analyses;

Environmental Economics;

Non-market Valuation Training;

Mathematical and Statistical Modeling

B.S. (Economics), West Virginia University;

M.S. (Resource Economics), West Virginia University

Environmental Economics;

Regional Impact Analysis;

Economic Damage Assessment

Steven Piper (1990)
(U.S. Department of Agriculture – Economic Research Service, 4 years)

B.S. (Economics), Colorado State University;

M.S. (Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics), Colorado State University;

Ph.D. (Environmental Economics), Colorado School of Mines

Environmental Economics;

Regional Impact Analysis;

Valuation of Municipal and Industrial Water Supplies

Jonathan L. Platt (1991)
(National Marine Fisheries Service, 4 years)

B.S. (Finance and Economics), Bryant College;

M.S. (Finance), University of Northern Colorado;

M.S. (Natural Resource Economics), Colorado State University

Natural Resource Economics;

Recreation Economics;

Fisheries Economics;

Regional Impact Analysis

Becky Redhorse (1991)
(Department of Labor, 2 years)

B.S. (Economics), University of Utah;

B.S. (Sociology), University of Utah;

M.S. (Environmental Policy and Management), University of Denver

Project formulation and planning (NEPA);

Indian trust assets and working with tribes;

Economics;

Sociology;

Public Involvement


For further information about the Economics and Resource Planning Team, our people, and the services we provide, we invite you to follow any of the links on the left-hand navigation bar, or contact Randy Christopherson (303-445-2729 or RChristopherson@usbr.gov).