Ferdinando Guerra


Ferdinando “Nando” Guerra is a Senior Economist and Professor of Economics and Political Science. Mr. Guerra teaches at both California State University, Fullerton and Saddleback College in Mission Viejo, CA. He teaches International Economics, Macroeconomics, Microeconomics and International Political Economy.


Mr. Guerra was most recently a Senior Economist within the Master Planning Division at the Port of Long Beach. Mr. Guerra was responsible for long and short term cargo forecasting, economic impact analysis and long term strategic planning. He was also responsible for analyzing the U.S., California, regional and international economic environments and conducting international trade/logistics research.


Mr. Guerra is also a frequent panel participant providing expertise related to international trade, China, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and other parts of Asia and the overall global economy. He is a member of the Southern California District Export Council (“Appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Commerce”), the National and Los Angeles Chapters of the National Association for Business Economics (NABE), the Asia Society, the Pacific Council on International Policy and the Los Angeles World Affairs Council.


His previous work experience includes working as an International Economist and Consultant with the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation (LAEDC) and other organizations. Mr. Guerra prepared the international sections of LAEDC’s Economic Forecasts and was the primary contributor to the annual International Trade Outlook report.  He was the principal author of the LAEDC’s “Growing Together” country reports, which highlighted the ties between the respective country and Los Angeles County (including China – 2 editions, Japan, South Korea, Canada and Taiwan).  Mr. Guerra assisted in the preparation of the U.S., California, and Southern California economic outlooks as well as industry reports (including entertainment, manufacturing, cleantech, aerospace, apparel, and the creative industries). He also served as a liaison between the LAEDC/World Trade Center-Los Angeles and the Los Angeles Consular Corp (included nearly 100 consulates).


Mr. Guerra analyzed the regional economy of the greater Los Angeles region with a special focus on Orange County and the Inland Empire (Riverside and San Bernardino Counties). He regularly contributed to regional, industry, and other economic reports. Mr. Guerra has given over 100 presentations to corporations, government agencies, non-profits, and educational institutions, as well as contributed to the local, national and international media (including the Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, and the Los Angeles Times).


Prior to working for the LAEDC, Mr. Guerra served as an Economic Consultant for David Taussig & Associates, an economic consulting firm, preparing fiscal and economic impact reports for private sector clients and public agencies.  He also has worked in the financial services industry, for Morgan Stanley and on Wall Street with the American Stock Exchange.  Previously, Mr. Guerra had been an Associate Economist with Standard & Poor’s in Washington D.C., focusing on emerging markets, the energy and chemical industries, international inflation, and special client reports.
Mr. Guerra earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and International Relations from the University of Southern California (USC).  He received his Master of Arts degree in International Economics and International Relations from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS).


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