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Jeff Swanson leads the work and has varied experience across multiple fields and industries. He is committed to solving complex business challenges using the latest methods and data resources, combined with a creative and collaborative strategic approach.

Experience and Qualifications

  • Over 20 years of professional experience in Government Administration, Utilities, Consulting, Non-Profit Management, Manufacturing, Logistics, Supply Chain Management, and Industrial Transportation (Marine, Rail, Truck, and Intermodal Facility Operations)

  • Experience serving on, working with, and working directly for boards and commissions

  • Facilitation, change and conflict management, leadership training and development

  • Board/council goal setting, visioning, and strategy development; elected officials training

  • Communication strategy, public involvement, and crisis management

  • Local/regional government administration, strategy, budgeting, and forecasting

  • Federal, state, and local/regional government affairs; grant writing and administration

  • Organizational effectiveness and process improvement leadership

  • Community vision and place-making, stakeholder engagement, collaboration, inclusion, and working with underserved communities

  • Economic Development, planning, land use, site selection

  • Academic research and analysis, graduate and undergraduate instruction

  • Capital program and project management/delivery, financial and budget strategy


Managing Director, EXIGY LLC, 2018 – Present

City Manager, City of Battle Ground, Washington, 2016 – 2018

Director of Economic Development, Clark County, Washington, 2013 – 2016

Consultant/Contractor (Self-Employed), 2012 – 2014

Adjunct Faculty, Portland State University, 2011 – 2012

Regional Logistics Manager, Schnitzer Steel Industries, Portland, Oregon, 2006 – 2012

General Manager, Sherman Bros. Trucking, Harrisburg, Oregon, 1998 – 2006


Ph.D (ABD status), Systems Science, Portland State University, Portland, OR

  • Dissertation topic: “Predictive Factors of Us Median Income Change – Using Reconstructability Analysis to Examine US Census Data”

  • Doctoral Fields:

    • Macroeconomics and Forecasting

    • Microeconomics, Behavioral Economics, and Microeconometrics

    • Development Economics, Urban and Regional Economics

    • Systems and Complexity Theory​

MS, Systems Science, Portland State University, Portland, OR

MS, Economics, Portland State University, Portland, OR

Graduate Cert., Computer Modeling and Simulation, Portland State University, Portland, OR

Graduate Cert., Environmental/Resource Economics, Portland State University, Portland, OR

BS, Economics, Portland State University, Portland, OR


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