San José State University 2014 Economic Summit



Mr. Matthew R. Mahood 



Dr. Christopher Thornberg
Dr. Richard M. Levy
Jordan G. Levine

Mr. Matthew R. Mahood 

Matthew Mahood

Mr. Mahood (pronounced May-hood) serves as the President & CEO of the San Jose Silicon Valley (SJSV) Chamber of Commerce, one of California’s largest chambers of commerce with nearly 1,500 member businesses who employ roughly 250,000 employees throughout the five-county Silicon Valley region. His extensive background as an executive in business operations spans two decades and extends through the private and non-profit sector industries

Under his leadership as President and CEO since July 2011, the SJSV Chamber has reengineered program and product offerings to increase its membership value, and has become more engaged throughout Silicon Valley while working to expand and attract business and jobs to the region. Mr. Mahood oversees a staff of 15 and an annual operating budget of $2.5 million.

Serving as the “leading voice of business” and representing the interests of his members, Mr. Mahood is actively sought for speaking engagements and media interviews in order to provide the business perspective on important issues. To further the SJSV Chamber’s mission, Mr. Mahood partners with executive officers of numerous organizations, providing guidance on strategic planning, management objectives, program management, problem solving, collaboration and public affairs.

 In February 2011, Mahood was recognized as the Western Association of Chamber Executives 2010 “Executive of the Year”, comprised of more than 720 members throughout 14 states. The award is given each year to the chamber executive who has excelled in financial management, communications,  government affairs, membership programs and community services performed by the chamber.

Mr. Mahood started his career with United Parcel Service, later joining FedEx, BAX Global and in various management and senior level management positions focused on operations, customer service, sales, human resources, marketing and general management.

Mahood earned a B.S. Business Administration - Organizational Communication and Public Relations from California State University, East Bay.

Community, Civic and Association Engagement

  • Western Association of Chamber Executives, Executive Committee & Board of Directors (2009-Present)

  • Regional Economic Association Leaders (R.E.A.L.) Coalition (2008 – Present)

  • Sacramento Metro Chamber, Executive Committee & Board of Directors (2002 – 2011)

  • Northern California World Trade Center, Board of Directors (2002 – 2011)

  • Sacramento Area Regional Technology Alliance, Board of Directors, (2002 - 2011)

  • Metro PAC, Board of Directors, (2002-2011)

  • Sacramento Metro Chamber Foundation, Executive Director & Board of Directors (2002-2011)

  • Cleaner Air Partnership, Executive Committee  (2002-2011)

  • Sacramento Works (Workforce Investment Board), Board of Directors (2002–2011)  

  • Downtown Sacramento Partnership, Board of Directors (2002-2011)

  • Sacramento Convention & Visitors Bureau, Board of Directors (2002-2011)

  • Sacramento Valley Conservancy, Advisory Council (2002-2011)  

  • Founding Member, California Capital Airshow, Board of Directors. (2004-09)

  • Los Rios Community College District Bond Oversight Committee (2007-09)

  • CSUS College of Business Administration Advisory Council (2006-09)

  • Co-founder, Partnership for Prosperity, (2006-09)

  • American Leadership Forum – Senior Fellow, Class VIII (2004-05)

  • American Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE) Board of Directors (2006-07)

  • Recognized in 2009 as a Accredited Chamber Executive (ACE) by the Western Association of Chamber Executives (W.A.C.E.)


Dr. Christopher Thornberg 


Dr. Christopher Thornberg is Founding Partner of Beacon Economics, LLC and widely considered to be one of California's leading economists. An expert in economic forecasting, regional economics, labor markets, economic policy, and real estate analysis, he was one of the earliest and most adamant predictors of the subprime mortgage market crash that began in 2007, and of the global economic recession that followed. Since 2006, he has served on the advisory board of Wall Street hedge fund, Paulson & Co. Inc. Between 2008 and 2012, he served as a chief economic advisor to the California State Controller John Chiang, and is Chair of the Controller's Council of Economic Advisors.

A highly sought-after speaker, Dr. Thornberg regularly presents to leading business, government, and nonprofit organizations including REOMAC, the California State Association of Counties, Colliers International, State Farm Insurance, and the California and Nevada Credit Union, among many others.He has testified before the U.S. Congress House Committee on Financial Services on municipal debt issues, and before the California State Assembly Committee on Revenue and Taxation regarding rule changes related to Proposition 13.

Dr. Thornberg has been involved in conducting research and developing analytic products for international clients that explore the trade and economic connections between the United States and the world. This has included analysis and speaking presentations regarding the impact the U.S. trading partners have on U.S. global competitiveness for the Centre for Investor Education in Melbourne Australia, and U.S. and international economic outlooks and their effect on global trade activity for the African Cashew Alliance in Cotonou, Benin. He has also conducted a number of special studies measuring the effect of important events on the economy, including the NAFTA treaty, the California electricity crisis, port security, California's water transfer programs, and the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.

Dr. Thornberg serves on the Residential Real Estate Committee at the University of San Diego’s Burnham-Moores Center for Residential Real Estate. He is also a panel member of the National Association of Business Economists’ quarterly “Outlook” and a contributor to the “Economic Consensus Outlook” published by the Journal of Business Forecasting.

Dr. Thornberg also serves on the boards of a number of business, civic, and nonprofit organizations including the Board of Directors of the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce, as an Executive Member of the Central City Association (Los Angeles), as a Business Leader Member of America’s Edge, a nonprofit organization focused on strengthening businesses and the economy through public investments in youth and education, and on the Advisory Board of the Asian Real Estate Association of America.

Prior to launching Beacon, Dr. Thornberg was a senior economist with UCLA's Anderson Forecast where he regularly authored economic outlooks for California, Los Angeles, and the East Bay, and developed specialized forecasts for a variety of public and private entities. He previously taught in the MBA program at UCLA's Anderson School, in the Rady School of Business at UCSD, and at Thammasat University in Bangkok, Thailand. He has also held a faculty position in the economics department at Clemson University.

A well-known media commentator, Dr. Thornberg has appeared on CNN and NPR and is regularly quoted in major national dailies including the Wall Street Journal and New York Times.

Originally from upstate New York, Dr. Thornberg holds a Ph.D in Business Economics from The Anderson School at UCLA, and a B.S. in Business Administration from the State University of New York at Buffalo. 


Dr. Richard M. Levy

Chairman Emeritus

Richard Levy

Richard Levy was chairman of the Varian Medical Systems Board of Directors from 2002-2014.  He was CEO of the company from 1999 to 2006.

Levy holds a bachelor's degree from Dartmouth College and a doctorate in nuclear chemistry from the University of California at Berkeley.

Levy has served on the Sutter Health Board of Directors since 2006 and currently is Chairman of that Board.  He has served on the Board of the Palo Alto Medical Foundation since 1999 and currently is Chairman of the Finance and Planning Committee.

He has been on the Board of the United Way Silicon Valley since 2002 and served as Chair in 2008-2009.  He has been a Co-Chair of the Advisory Committee of the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice and has been an active participant in summits for CCI (Center for Corporate Innovation, Inc.), with a focus on improvement of the national healthcare system.  He is a current member of the Board of Directors for North Hawaii Community Hospital, and is also the Chairman of the Advisory Board of the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics at Santa Clara University.  Mr. Levy is a past Chairman of the Board of Directors of the American Electronics Association.


Jordan G. Levine 
Jordan G. Levine

Jordan G. Levine is  Economist  and  Director  of  Economic Research at Beacon Economics, LLC. Mr. Levine plays a leading role in the firm's major consulting projects and is responsible for running and updating Beacon Economics' quarterly state and metro area forecast models. He also manages the firm's EB-5 Visa economic and employment analysis practice.  He  has  conducted  economic  forecasting  and  analysis  for  the  Office  of  the  California  State  Controller,  the  Los  Angeles Chamber of Commerce, the California Bankers Association, and Paulson & Co., Inc., among many others.

Since joining Beacon Economics, Mr. Levine has emerged as a leading authority on the California state economy and its many regional economies. He is in growing demand as a public speaker and is a trusted source among major national and state media. He has been quoted by the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Sacramento Bee, San Jose Mercury News, Los Angeles Business Journal, KNX Radio in Los Angeles, and Capital Public Radio in Sacramento. An accomplished speaker, Mr. Levine has delivered presentations on the state budget and economy to the California State Controller’s Council of Economic Advisors, a wide variety of business organizations, and regularly delivers the state forecast at Beacon Economics’ annual regional forecast conferences.

Mr. Levine specializes in analyzing economic indicators such as real output, employment, demographics,   home   prices,   consumer   spending,   and   new construction. He also has extensive experience analyzing the U.S. economy including gross domestic product; international trade; money, credit, and banking sectors; employment and labor force; and real estate markets. Mr. Levine's expertise includes sub-­‐regional analysis in California. He regularly produces detailed economic reports for metropolitan statistical areas, counties, cities, and sub-­‐city areas. He also authors chapters in Beacon Economics’ Regional Forecast Books - detailed analyses of the demographic and economic trends occurring in regions across California.

Prior to joining Beacon Economics, Mr.  Levine was an analyst with Quant Economics Inc., where he studied and predicted the economic effects alleged in a variety of business disputes. Projects he managed while at Quant helped to discover hundreds of millions of dollars in monetary damages for his clients.

Mr. Levine's academic background includes an emphasis in international trade, monetary economics, and micro/macroeconomic analysis. His research on the manufacturing industry resulted in an innovative technique to measure the effect of global trade on U.S. employment. He is a member of the American Economic Association, the Econometrics Society, and the National Association of Business Economics.

Mr. Levine holds an M.A. in International Economics with Merit from the University of Sussex and a B.A. in Business Economics from the University of California, Santa Barbara.