Ann Markusen is Director of the Arts Economy Initiative at the Project on Regional and Industrial Economics at the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs and President of Markusen Economic Research Services. She is a frequent public speaker and advisor to public agencies, policymakers, cultural businesses, economic developers, and nonprofit arts organizations across the US, in Europe, Japan, Korea, Australia and Brazil. Markusen’s recent California’s Arts and Cultural Ecology (2011), Nurturing California’s Next Generation Arts and Cultural Leaders (2011), Creative Placemaking (2010), Los Angeles: America’s Artist Super City (2010); Native Artists: Careers, Resources, Space, Gifts (2009), San Jose Artists’ Resource and Space Study (2008), Leveraging Investments in Creativity Artist Data User Guide (2008), Crossover: How Artists Build Careers across Commercial, Non-profit and Community Work (2006), Artists’ Centers (2006), and The Artistic Dividend (2003). Markusen holds a Foreign Service Bachelor’s Degree from Georgetown University and M.A. and Ph.D. in Economics. Michigan State University. She has taught at Colorado, California Berkeley, Northwestern, and Rutgers Universities.