David Sunding, Ph.D ’89, is a noted expert in environmental economics, industrial organization and law and economics. In 1996-1997, he served in the Clinton White House as Senior Economist at the Council of Economic Advisers. Sunding is the Thomas J. Graff Chair Emeritus and from 2013 to 2019, he served as the chair of the department of Agricultural and Resource Economics at Rausser College. He has served on panels of the National Academy of Sciences and the USEPA’s Science Advisory Board, and has testified before Congress on numerous occasions. He was a principal negotiator of the 2003 amendments to the Colorado River Quantification Settlement Agreement and has advised three California administrations on the state’s development of the California WaterFix, a $17 billion environmental infrastructure project. He has been a visiting professor in the Woods Institute of the Environment at Stanford University, and began his career as an assistant professor of economics and law at Boston College. He is a member of the American Economic Association, the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists, the Econometric Society and the American Law and Economics Association.
In July 2020 he became the President of The Brattle Group. In the last several months he transitioned to become Vice Chairman and Managing Director at Berkeley Research Group, a global consulting firm. He continues to teach in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics.