CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Dr. David Yoskowitz, Endowed Chair for Socio-Economics at the Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies, has accepted a one-year appointment as Chief Economist for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), effective July 14, 2014.
“This position offers a great opportunity to provide leadership on local coastal resource management issues at the federal level,” said Yoskowitz, who will be based at the NOAA facility in Silver Spring, Md. “I am very proud to represent Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi and the Harte Research Institute during my time as Chief Economist.”
Yoskowitz is a recognized expert in the field of economics and social science, particularly as it pertains to marine and ocean resources and the application of policy. He was selected for the position based on his experience in the administration and management of economic and social science studies, and his ability to build consensus among groups with diverse viewpoints on complex and often sensitive issues.
As Chief Economist, Yoskowitz will provide intellectual and management leadership in order to develop, coordinate, and implement an agency-wide social science vision and strategy. He will also represent NOAA in high-level departmental and interagency policy discussions that center on economic decisions and NOAA management functions.
In addition, Yoskowitz will oversee development of cutting-edge research and analysis methodologies to advance scientific, social, and environmental activities of strategic importance to NOAA. He also will identify and provide economic and social science analysis of emerging environmental issues including climate change, catch shares, marine planning, and ecosystem-based management, and cooperate with special interest groups such as conservationists, private enterprise, nonprofits, Congress, and the administration and international concerns.