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Janai Kessi


Role: Research Assistant

Education: BS of Economics - University of Oregon; Masters of Urban and Regional Planning (MURP) – Portland State University

Experience: Janai is actively involved in helping manage his family’s ranch and forest operation located at the headwaters of the Big Elk River drainage in the Coast Range Mountains. He has worked as a student researcher with the Eugene Area Chamber of Commerce and analyzed the economic impact of Lane County food and beverage manufacturing.  Since starting at NERC in September 2012, Janai has provided research support for many of the Center’s projects.  For example he worked to adjust the Excel based Carbon Tax Analysis Model (C-TAM) to fit Oregon’s energy consumption and economic structure.  This model was used in the recently published study “Carbon Tax and Shift: How to Make it Work for Oregon’s Economy”.  

Interests: Currently, Janai’s leisure interests are running and hiking with his wife, especially in Forest Park.  He also enjoys the adventure of living without a car.  His current professional interests are urban-rural market connections, applications of GIS to solve spatial socio-economic problems, and the green energy industry (e.g. cellulosic bio-fuels, wind energy, wave energy, and woody bio-mass).