Johnson Economics

JOHNSON ECONOMICS is a consultancy serving a diverse mix of clients, including government and public agencies, corporations, developers, institutional investors, financial institutions and non-profit organizations. The diversity of our client base has allowed our firm to approach the development process from a wide range of perspectives.

As a result, we have developed a comprehensive understanding of the factors necessary to encourage, facilitate, and direct the development process in support of public policy objectives. We have been among the leading consultants to private sector developers in the region, are viewed as the primary source of real estate market evaluation by the area’s largest commercial lenders, and have worked extensively with public agencies throughout the region. JOHNSON ECONOMICS  regularly melds public policy with market and financial realities, producing accurate, reliable, and realistic advice.

Our Team
Jerry Johnson, Principal 


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Brendan Buckley, Senior Analyst


As a Principal with JOHNSON ECONOMICS, Jerry Johnson is involved in research design, economic and financial modeling, and market analysis. He has consulted on the economics of land use planning and real estate for 28 years and is recognized as a top expert in the field of land use economics. He is a member of the Governor’s Council of Economic Advisors for the State of Oregon, and is an adjunct professor at Portland State University’s Center for Real Estate, teaching graduate-level real estate market analysis and finance courses. Jerry Johnson has managed over 600 projects, working with a range of private and public sector clients. Jerry’s consulting experience includes a wide variety of real estate development and economic topics. He is an expert at the identification and quantification of redevelopment opportunities, including pro forma-based predictive development and redevelopment models. Jerry’s primary areas of emphasis are real estate financial analysis, dynamic urban modeling, economic development, and public policy.

Jerry holds a Masters of Urban Planning with a specialization in economic development from Portland State University, as well as undergraduate degrees in architectural design and economics.

Brendan Buckley is a Senior Analyst with JOHNSON ECONOMICS. Brendan conducts market research and public policy analysis for a range of public and private sector clients. He has professional experience in Urban & Regional Planning, Urban Renewal, Economic Development and Housing. Brendan's background provides a strong knowledge of public sector planning and economic development programs and processes.


Prior to joining Johnson Economics, Brendan served as an Associate City Planner for the City of Gresham, Policy and Research Assistant for the Everett Housing Authority, and a Project Manager at Imandi Corporation.

Brendan graduated with a Masters in Urban and Regional Planning from Portland State University in 2006. He also holds a graduate certificate in Real Estate Development as well as a B.A. in Philosophy.

Jon Spikkeland , Senior Analyst


Chris Reeves, Analyst


Jon Spikkeland is a Senior Analyst with JOHNSON ECONOMICS. Jon specializes in market research for public and private clients, across the spectrum of use types. He tracks local demand and supply conditions and conducts ongoing research on trends that impact the character and magnitude of demand. Jon’s background in financial analysis adds experience to the firm in the area of pro forma analysis and cap rate projections. Prior to joining Johnson Economics, Jon worked for an asset management group and management of a real estate development partnership.


Prior to joining Johnson Economics, Jon worked for an asset management group and management of a real estate development partnership.

Jon studied at Washington State University and Menighetsfakultetet, where he obtained degrees in Business Administration/Finance, Cultural/Social Studies, and a Masters of Religious Studies.

Chris has over 10 years of international experience in project management, business development, and client relations. Chris is an adaptable and quick-learning problem solver with extensive experience coordinating assets, contracts, and budgets. He is equipped with strong soft skills and a proven ability to communicate complex concepts and ideas.

Chris is currently a research fellow at PSU, analyzing market trends and performing financial analysis. He has negotiated hundreds of contracts in his previous positions in the recording industry, including work for Sony Music's Parallel Management and Green Park Entertainment. 

Chris holds a Bachelor of Economics and Social Science from Sydney University in Australia, and is currently a candidate of the Master of Real Estate Development program at Portland State University.

Kenadi Browne, Intern


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Taylor McAllister, Analyst


Kenadi is an intern with JOHNSON ECONOMICS. Kenadi is currently working on a Bachelor of Economics degree at Portland State University. She completes market and economic research for the firm, and manages the firm's construction pipeline report.

Prior to joining JOHNSON ECONOMICS, Kenadi worked as an educational assistant and after-care teacher at the Tucker Maxton School in Portland, as well as an AmeriCorps Family Engagement Specialist at Kelly Elementary. 

Areas of Specialization

  • Econometric & Statistical Analysis

  • Multifamily Residential Analysis

  • Environmental Economics

Taylor is a researcher with JOHNSON ECONOMICS. Taylor is currently working towards a B.S. in Quantitative Economics from Portland State University, with a minor in sustainability.


Prior to joining JOHNSON ECONOMICS, Taylor assisted in the construction of one of the Sustainability Freshman Inquiry courses at Portland State University. In addition, she works as a research assistant at Portland State University, working within the realm of environmental economics.


Areas of Specialization:

  • Mathematical Economics

  • Environmental Economics

  • Quantitative Analysis

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