May 2015 Industry Speaker

Industry Speakers

Michael D. Alexander
Research and Analytics Division Manager
Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC)

Mike Alexander joined the ARC in 2001 and has been the Chief of the Research Division since 2006. Prior to joining the Atlanta Regional Commission staff, Mike worked in Alabama, South Carolina and Georgia in local government planning specializing is growth and development issues. Mr. Alexander, originally from South Carolina, attended Auburn University where he received a dual masters degree in Public Administration and Community Planning. He served as a Marine Infantryman in Desert Storm.
As Chief of the Research Division, Mr. Alexander manages the annual development of estimates of population and employment for the ARC planning area as well as the ARC’s Geographic Information Systems efforts. He also is responsible for econometric modeling of regional infrastructure investments and the development of long-range regional growth forecasts. Mike has worked on numerous planning efforts for the ARC including Envision6 and the ARC’s latest adopted plan, Plan2040.
Douglas G. Duncan
Senior Vice President
& Chief Economist

Fannie Mae


Douglas G. Duncan is Fannie Mae’s senior vice president and chief economist. He is responsible for providing all forecasts and analyses on the economy, housing, and mortgage markets for Fannie Mae. Duncan also oversees corporate strategy and is responsible for strategic research regarding external factors and their potential impact on the company and the housing industry.
Named one of Bloomberg / BusinessWeek’s 50 Most Powerful People in Real Estate and one of Inman News’ 100 Most Influential Real Estate Leaders for 2013, Duncan is Fannie Mae’s source for information and analyses on the external business and economic environment, the implications of changes in economic environment to the company’s strategy and execution, and forecasting for housing activity, demographics, overall economic activity, and mortgage market activity.
Prior to joining Fannie Mae, Duncan was Senior Vice President and Chief Economist at the Mortgage Bankers Association. His experience also includes service as a LEGIS Fellow and staff member with the Committee on Banking, Finance, and Urban Affairs for Congressman Bill McCollum in the U.S. House of Representatives, and work on the Financial Institutions Project at the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Duncan received his Ph. D. in Agricultural Economics from Texas A&M University and his B.S. and M.S. in Agricultural Economics from North Dakota State University.

Kevin L. Kliesen
Business Economist & Research Officer
Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis


Kevin L. Kliesen is a business economist and Bank Officer in the Research Division at the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis. He joined the Bank in 1988. From mid-2010 to mid-2012, he was part of the Supervisory Policy and Risk Analysis Unit, which is housed in the Bank’s Supervision and Regulation Division. He holds an M.A. in Economics from Colorado State University.
In his position as a business economist, he analyzes current U.S. macroeconomic and financial market developments and trends for the Bank president and staff economists prior to each Federal Open Market Committee meeting.

He also reports on and analyzes economic conditions in the seven states of the Eighth Federal Reserve District. In this capacity, he manages the District’s economic outreach activities. An important aspect of this responsibility involves managing the Bank’s Burgundy Books and developing various materials and information sources for the Bank’s outreach efforts. Another important aspect of this position involves speaking to the general public and professional groups about U.S. and Eighth District economic and developments. He has written and published extensively and developed (with his former colleague, Doug Smith) the St. Louis Financial Stress Index.

In addition to his responsibilities at the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, he has taught part-time for the Department of Economics at Washington University in St. Louis since 2006. Professionally, he is a member of the American Economic Association, the National Association for Business Economics (NABE), and the Association of Christian Economists. In September 2011, he was recognized as a NABE Fellow, one of the organization’s highest honors.