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 


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


David Deming, 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.

David is an analyst with JOHNSON ECONOMICS. David holds Bachelors of Arts in Economics, Political Science, and Urban Studies triple major from Trinity University.

Prior to joining JOHNSON ECONOMICS, David worked at LISC San Antonio as a policy research and community development fellow, as well as VIA Metropolitan Transit.

Areas of Specialization

  • SQL

  • Tableau

  • Stata and R Statistical Analysis

  • GIS

Katelyn Kelley, Analyst


Taylor McAllister, Analyst


Katelyn is an analyst with JOHNSON ECONOMICS. Katelyn holds a B.S. in Economics and B.A. in Political Science from the University of Iowa, and is currently working on a M.S. in Economics at Portland State University. She also has experience creating real estate financial reports and monitoring multifamily housing trends.

Prior to joining JOHNSON ECONOMICS, Katelyn worked as a data analyst at Monarch Real Estate Investment and Management. She also currently works as a Graduate Assistant in the Department of Economics at Portland State University and a Research Assistant for the Northwest Economic Research Center.

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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