2017 Board Officers and New Members Elected

January 9, 2017

The Society is pleased to announce the results of its annual election. We welcome several distinguished practitioners and scholars to our Board.  We are grateful for all the members who participated in the voting process and hope you will join us in congratulating the Society’s recently elected officers and new Board members for 2017.

Full biographies for each new member and officer are linked below; information about the current Board of Directors is available on our website. The 2017 President will be Lynn Karoly of RAND Corporation (currently serving as Vice President).

Don Kenkel (Cornell University)

Donald Kenkel is a professor at Cornell University in the Department of Policy Analysis and Management and the Department of Economics. He is also a research associate in the health economics program at the National Bureau of Economic Research. In addition to empirical health economics research, Kenkel’s research and teaching interests focus on benefit-cost analysis (BCA) of public policies, especially policies that affect health. For example, he coedited a 1994 University of Chicago Press monograph on Valuing Health for Policy and has contributed to research on the BCA of alcohol control and drunk driving policies (Journal of Law and Economics 1993). Recently, Kenkel’s research has focused on the economics of tobacco use. He and his coauthors have published studies of the impact of taxes on youth smoking (Journal of Political Economy 2002) and the impact of advertising on smoking cessation (Journal of Political Economy 2007). In a recent paper in the Journal of Benefit-Cost Analysis, Kenkel and his coauthors report retrospective and prospective BCAs of U.S. antismoking policies. He enjoys regularly teaching an advanced undergraduate course in BCA. He has served on the board of the Society for Benefit-Cost Analysis and the Journal of Benefit-Cost Analysis. Kenkel received his Ph.D. in economics from the University of Chicago.

Ali Gungor (US Coast Guard)

Ali Gungor is a senior economist at the United States Coast Guard. His work at Coast Guard concentrates on security, safety, and environmental rulemakings. For more than eight years, he has conducted economic studies, including regulatory impact analyses and benefit-cost analyses, in support of maritime transportation regulations and other Coast Guard policies. He recently published, “An Empirical Analysis of Life Jacket Effectiveness in Recreational Boating” in Risk Analysis using Coast “An Empirical Analysis of Life Jacket Effectiveness in Recreational Boating” in Risk Analysis using Coast Guard’s Boating Accident Report Database. Prior to his Coast Guard career, Gungor was an energy consultant and financial advisor to power plant developers, oil and gas pipeline companies, airport terminal operators, and U.S. state utility regulators. As part of his community service, he is active in his homeowners association, serving as treasurer for eight years and currently as president. He holds a Ph.D. in economics from the George Washington University.

Massimo Florio (University of Milan)

Massimo Florio is a professor of public economics, Università degli Studi di Milano (Italy). The European Commission (EC) has awarded Florio a Jean Monnet Ad Personam Chair, the highest distinction in European studies. He serves as an advisor on cost benefit analysis (CBA) for international institutions including the European Investment Bank, World Bank, and African Development Bank. He was the scientific director of all five editions (1994 to 2014) of the EC Guide to Cost Benefit Analysis of Investment Projects, currently the reference guidelines for European Union (EU) regional policy funding of major projects in the 28 member states. Other assignments include conducting the ex-post CBAs of major environmental and trans-border transport projects, a survey of CBA practice in different countries on behalf of the OECD, and a CBA of the Large Hadron Collider and of the Future Circular Collider. Florio is author of several books including The Great Divestiture: Evaluating the Welfare Impact of British Privatizations (MIT Press) and Applied Welfare Economics: Cost Benefit Analysis of Projects and Policies (Routledge), as well as coeditor of The Economics of Infrastructure Provisioning (MIT Press) and Infrastructure Finance in Europe (Oxford University Press). He was recently appointed coeditor of the new digital project Cambridge Elements of Public Economics (Cambridge University Press).

Fran Sussman (ICF International)

Fran Sussman is an independent consultant and senior economist at ICF International, with over 30 years of experience in economics and public policy analysis of issues in environment and energy. She has a broad perspective on both the conduct and the application of benefit-cost analysis (BCA) in decision-making contexts, having worked in both the executive and legislative branches in the U.S., and for clients in state government, the private sector, advocacy and think tanks, and multilateral organizations. She has led the development of a number of reports and papers on the economics of climate change; has conducted numerous regulatory BCAs; and has authored peer-reviewed papers on discounting, valuation of risk and mortality, and related topics. She served as guest editor for a special issue of the Journal of Benefit-Cost Analysis entitled “Perspectives on implementing benefit-cost analysis in climate assessment” (2014). Her work experience includes the Congressional Budget Office, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the Bureau of Economic Analysis. In 2016, she has filled a one-year vacancy on the Society for Benefit-Cost Analysis Board of Directors. She holds a Ph.D. from the University of Maryland.