May 2016 Industry Speakers

Industry Speakers

Manuel Balmaseda
Chief Economist


• Ph.D. Economics, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, US (1995).
• MA in Economics from the same University.
• BA in Economics, Government and Mathematics-Computer Science from Colby College, Waterville, ME, US.
• He has been professor of Macroeconomics at CEMFI (Centro de Estudios Monetarios y Financieros) in Madrid.
• Joined BBV as Chief Economist for Capital Markets and Treasury in 1998.
• Became Chief Economist for Spain at BBVA in 1999.
• Chief Economist for Spain and Europe for BBVA in 2004.
• Global Chief Economist at CEMEX since 2006.
• Has taught Macroeconomics at IESE Business School, at EOI (Escuela de Organización Industrial) and the Helsinki School of Economics.
• Visiting researcher at the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis (US) and the IMF.
• He collaborates with the IMF, the EU Commission and the OECD, Secretaría General Iberoamerica, CAF, etc.
• Member of the Board of NABE (National Association of Business Economics) in the US.
• Member of the board of GIC (Global Interdependence Council) in the US.
• Member of ICBE (International Conference of Business Economists), NBEIC (National Business Economic Issues Council) in the US, and Observatorio del Banco Central Europeo and Grupo de Expertos de Coyuntura in Spain, among other economic organizations.
• He has been a Member of the Shadow Council of the European Central Bank.
• Member of the academic society Phi Beta Kappa.
• He has been editor of the Spanish National Statistics Journal “Índice” and he has been editor of the economic journal Spanish Economic Review.
• He has published numerous articles both in academic journals and books and in the press.
Leslie Appleton-Young
Vice President and Chief Economist
California Association of REALTORS (C.A.R.)


Leslie Appleton-Young is Vice President and Chief Economist for the California Association of REALTORS (C.A.R.), a statewide trade organization with more than 175,000 members dedicated to the advancement of professionalism in real estate.

Leslie directs the activities of the Association’s Member Information Team. She oversees the analysis of housing market and brokerage industry trends, broker relations, and membership development activities. She is also closely involved in the Association’s strategic planning efforts and is a well-known speaker in California’s real estate community.

Before joining C.A.R. in 1984, Leslie was a consultant with Telesis Inc. in Rhode Island. She also spent several years working as a research associate at the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia and as an instructor at the University of Pennsylvania.She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from the University of California,Berkeley, and her Masters from the University of Pennsylvania.

Michael D. Alexander
Center for Livable Communities Director
Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC)


Mike Alexander is the Director of the Atlanta Regional Commission’s Center for Livable Communities. He leads the efforts of five divisions within the regional planning agency: Community Development, Natural Resources, Research & Analytics, Transportation Accessibility & Mobility, and Mobility Services. These divisions account for over 70 planners, engineers, and analysts in the fields of transportation planning, environmental planning, land use, economics and demographic forecasting. Mike has over 20 years of Public Policy focused on regional and local community planning. Originally from South Carolina, Mike 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. Mike, his wife Michelle, and their two daughters, live in Decatur.