Director, UNM Bureau of Business and Economic Research
B.A. (Economics & Political Science), University of Pennsylvania, 1982
M.A., Ph.D. (Economic Geography), Clark University, 1996
Dr. Mitchell has been with BBER since 2003 and became BBER’s Director in 2014. As director, he oversees BBER’s research activities and information services, and manages the Bureau’s day-to-day operations and long-range strategic plans. Since 2010, Jeff has contributed to BBER's New Mexico economic forecasting service (FOR-UNM). His responsibilities at FOR-UNM include oversight of data collection, model development, forecast preparation, written publication of results, and presentations of the forecast to professional and lay audiences.
Jeff is engaged in research on a wide range of issues, generally focusing on problems of community and regional economic development in New Mexico. His work typically involves an integration of economic and institutional analyses, with the purpose of developing a framework and strategies for community economic planning. Major projects have included 23 community economic assessments for New Mexico MainStreet; inventories and assessments for the state’s Arts & Cultural District program; socioeconomic assessments of the five national forests in New Mexico; studies of the creative economies of Santa Fe, Albuquerque, and a statewide study commissioned by the NM Department of Cultural Affairs; housing analyses for Santa Fe County and the Town of Taos; programmatic needs assessments for the United Way of Central New Mexico; strategic and institutional assessments of the economy of San Miguel County; an analysis of tax increment financing in the City of Las Cruces. He is co-founder and board member of SHARE New Mexico, a web-based referral and data portal for New Mexico residents, grant-makers, non-profit organizations and social service providers.
Before joining BBER, Jeff was on the faculties of Clark University in Massachusetts, New Mexico State University and the University of New Mexico. He has published in various scholarly journals, including Economic Geography, Urban Geography and Applied Geography. He was a Fulbright Scholar in Venezuela, an international economist with Chase Econometrics (an early form of Global Insight), and a project manager for a nonprofit organization promoting alternative energy development.