J.R. DeShazo is the Director of the Luskin Center for Innovation at UCLA. He also is a Professor and Vice Chair of the Department of Public Policy in the Luskin School of Public Affairs at UCLA, where he is an expert in economics, public finance, and organizational governance. He holds a Ph.D. in Urban Planning from Harvard University and a M.Sc. in Economics from Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar. He was the Director of the Ralph and Goldy Lewis Center for Regional Policy Studies at UCLA for five years (2004-2011). He was awarded Professor of the Year, Masters Program in Public Policy, UCLA in 2001, 2005, and 2007. Dr. DeShazo’s recent research has focused on local public finance, regulatory reform, climate change policy, and solar energy policy. He advises the Los Angeles City Council and the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, among key agencies. He has previously advised the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the United Nations, McArthur Foundation, Ford Foundation, and the National Science Foundation, among others.