Jack Kyser — dubbed the "guru of the Los Angeles economy" by the Los Angeles Business Journal — is responsible for interpreting and forecasting economic trends in the Los Angeles five-county area, and for analyzing the major industries of the area. His area of responsibility includes Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and Ventura counties.
Kyser's advice frequently is sought by business, government and the media. The Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp. is a private, not-for-profit membership organization whose mission is to help the L.A. area to retain and create jobs and a strong economic base.
Prior to joining the LAEDC, Kyser was chief economist for the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce. He previously worked for Security Pacific National Bank, United California Bank (now First Interstate Bank) and Union Pacific Railroad.
He also taught economics at the University of Nebraska - Omaha, and served as a business reporter and commentator for an Omaha radio station.
Kyser serves on the Economic Policy Council of the California Institute, the research and policy arm of the California Congressional Delegation. He also is on the economic advisors panel for both the state controller, and the California Chamber of Commerce.
He is a past president of the Los Angeles Chapter of the National Association of Business Economists; a member of Lambda Alpha — a land economics fraternity; serves on the advisory board of the Export Small Business Development Center; and on the board of directors of the Foreign Trade Association of Southern California, the South Park Economic Development Corp., and the Building Owners & Managers Association of Greater Los Angeles.
Born in Huntington Park, Kyser currently resides in Downey. He holds a bachelor of science degree in industrial design, and an MBA from the University of Southern California. He has also pursued additional course work at UCLA.