Headwaters-staff-entire-team Headwaters Economics staff listing, with bio and contact info.


Ray Rasker, Ph.D., Executive Director

Ray has written widely on rural development and the role of environmental quality in economic prosperity, and is well known in policy circles in the U.S. and Canada. He has a Ph.D. from the College of Forestry, Oregon State University, M.Ag. from Colorado State University, and B.S. in Wildlife Biology from the University of Washington.


Ben Alexander, Associate Director

Ben focuses on the economics of land use, the evolving competitive position of rural economies, collaborative approaches to land management, and the creative display of economic data. He holds a B.A. from Tufts University, and an M.A. and M.Phil. from Yale University.


Patricia Gude

Patty specializes in research on land use, land management, and ecosystems. She works with Geographic Information Systems and is the principal programmer of software for mapping and exploring socioeconomic and geographic relationships. Patty holds a M.S. in Ecology from Montana State University and a B.S. in Wildlife Ecology from the University of Florida.


Mark Haggerty

Mark applies economic and fiscal data to real-world land-use and development challenges. He has experience as a researcher, trainer, and facilitator in western communities with an emphasis on land use and community planning. Mark holds a B.A. in Economics and M.A. in Geography from the University of Colorado.


Megan Lawson, Ph.D.

Megan is an economist specializing in land use, non-market valuation, and statistical models for policy analysis. Her research areas include recreation, ecosystem services, climate adaptation, and demographic and economic trends. Megan holds a Ph.D. and Masters in Economics from the University of Colorado, and has a B.A. in Biology from Williams College.


Kimiko Barrett, Ph.D.

Kimi is a geographer with expertise in rural community development and assessing local vulnerabilities to climate-related risks. She has a Masters in Geography from Montana State University and a Ph.D. in Forestry and Conservation Sciences from University of Montana.


Josh McCord

Josh has worked on a variety of research projects involving public lands in the western United States. He has experience in systems administration, database management, and research. Josh holds a B.S. in Economics from Montana State University.


Deb Grebenc

Deb develops interactive web pages to convey key research findings and inform policy discussions.  She also provides programming support for the Economic Profile Sytem.  Deb has been developing software solutions for more than 25 years.  She holds a B.A. from St. Olaf College.


Chris Mehl

Chris has extensive experience working in communications and on public policy issues across the West. He serves as a Bozeman City Commissioner and previously worked as Press Secretary for several Members of the U.S. House of Representatives and for the U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee.  Chris holds a B.A. from Dartmouth College.


Janet Clark

Janet has worked with government agencies, tribes, universities and nonprofits throughout the West on a variety of natural resources issues. Her focus is grants management, organizational development and communications. Janet holds a B.A. from Penn State University and a Master’s in Public Administration from Montana State University.