Lynn Reaser, Ph.D.

Lynn Reaser, Ph.D.

  • Chief Economist
  • Adjunct Professor of Economics
  • Phone: +(619) 849-2690


  • Ph.D. Economics, UCLA
  • M.A. Economics, UCLA
  • B.A. 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 to a wide variety of economic issues and has a keen ability to translate complex economic issues into understandable language with relevant and actionable implications.  She is skilled at analyzing economic data, modeling, and forecasting and 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 Fermanian Business & Economic Institute, she provides economic counsel to PLNU and its stakeholders. Guest lecturing, publishing, consulting, and public speaking are some of her other responsibilities.  She is also the leading economic spokesperson for PLNU, conducting hundreds of media interviews annually, including newspapers, magazines, TV, radio, wire services, and online media.

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 also previously served as Barnett Bank’s and First Interstate Bank’s (Wells Fargo Corporation) Chief Economist.

Dr. Reaser is active in many professional organizations, including serving as immediate past President of the National Association for Business Economics  (NABE), an association comprising 2300 of the nation’s leading economists in business, academia, and government.  She has been named a “Fellow” of NABE for her outstanding contribution to the field of business economics.  Most recently Dr. Reaser was named one of San Diego’s Top Influentials for 2011 by San Diego Daily Transcript; addressed the Chinese Academy of Social Science in China as the sole invited U.S. economist; and in January 2011 spoke at the annual meeting of the Allied Social Science Associations (ASSA) in Denver, CO.   She is currently a member of the PLNU business faculty, teaching managerial economics in the MBA program.  Involved in public policy, Dr. Reaser serves as a member of the California State Controller’s Council of Economic Advisors. 

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, Contemporary Economic Policy. She 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.