Lynn Reaser, Ph.D.

  • Chief Economist


  • B.A. Economics, UCLA
  • M.A. Economics, UCLA
  • Ph.D. Economics, UCLA


Lynn Reaser, Ph.D., is Chief Economist for Point Loma Nazarene University (PLNU) at the Fermanian Business & Economic Institute (FBEI). The Institute engages in economic analysis, modeling, and forecasting with practical and actionable recommendations for corporations, non-profit organizations, and government agencies.

As a professional economist, Dr. Reaser brings extensive experience in the financial services sector with a keen ability to translate complex economic issues into understandable language with relevant and actionable implications. Dr. Reaser, a leading spokesperson for the University, conducts approximately 300 media interviews annually, including newspapers, magazines, television, radio, wire services, and the internet. She also addresses numerous domestic and international conferences and forecast events. She is presently a member of the PLNU School of Business Faculty, teaching managerial economics in the MBA program. Involved in public policy, she is the Chief Economist of the Council of Economic Advisors for California State Controller John Chiang. She is a participating survey economist in the S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Index, the CNBC Fed Survey Panel, and many other leading economic gauges and surveys. Dr. Reaser is active in many professional organizations including serving as past President of the National Association for Business Economics (NABE), which also named her a Fellow for her contributions to the profession. She currently serves as Chairman of the NABE Foundation and received the NABE Outlook Award for the most accurate economic forecast in 2011-12.

Leading a skilled business and economic research team at the Fermanian Business & Economic Institute (FBEI), she is highly proficient at analyzing economic data, modeling, and forecasting, with special attention given to providing clear and concise recommendations for the reader. She brings an engaging, personal, and practical approach to writing and speaking on economic issues to all audiences with a passion towards using economics as a tool to assist people personally and in their enterprises. In her role as Chief Economist for the FBEI, she provides actionable economic counsel to PLNU and its stakeholders. Guest lecturing, publishing, consulting, and public speaking are among many of her responsibilities. Consulting clients include Sempra Generation, the San Diego Building Industry Association, San Diego Zoo Global, Equinox Center, San Diego Military Advisory Council, Jacobs and Cushman San Diego Food Bank, St. Vincent de Paul Village, as well as other trade associations and professional organizations.

From 1999 to 2009, she served as the Chief Economist for the Bank of America Investment Strategies Group. Dr. Reaser provided the global and U.S. economic framework for investment strategy for high net-worth, institutional, and brokerage clients, encompassing over $500 billion under management. She previously served as Barnett Bank’s (Bank of America) and First Interstate Bank’s (Wells Fargo Corporation) Chief Economist. In these roles she furnished economic advice for all of the Bank’s various business lines, including consumer finance, business banking, real estate, and wealth management, and built and led an extraordinarily cohesive team of professional economists who advised senior management on tactical and strategies involving all aspects of their business.

Previously she served as Chairman of the American Bankers’ Association’s Economic Advisory Council. She has also served on the Governor’s Council of Economic Advisors for the State of California; Leadership Florida; Boston Economic Club; was a fiscal advisor to the cities of Los Angeles and San Francisco; California’s Economic Strategy Panel; Chairman of the Board of Economic Advisors to the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce; President of the Economic Roundtable of Jacksonville; President of the Los Angeles Chapter of the National Association for Business Economics; and member of the Editorial Advisory Board for Contemporary Economic Policy. 

Dr. Reaser holds a B.A. in Economics (cum laude) and a M.A. and Ph.D. in Economics, all from the University of California, Los Angeles.  She is presently a Trustee of the Spreckels Organ Society and is Secretary and Member of the Board of Directors of the Sierra Club Bike Section. She resides in San Diego, Ca.