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Chris Chmura

Christine Chmura is the CEO and Chief Economist for Chmura Economics & Analytics (Chmura), a quantitative research and economic development and workforce consulting firm located in Richmond, Virginia. She is a quoted source on regional and national trends in the media throughout the nation. She writes a monthly column on the economy for the Richmond Times Dispatch. In addition, she is a member of the "Blue Chip Financial Forecasters."

In the public sector, Dr. Chmura has served on the Virginia Governor's Advisory Board of Economists (under the last eight administrations). Dr. Chmura is also a past-president of the Virginia Association of Economists and is a past board member of the National Association of Business Economics.

As the founder of Chmura Economics & Analytics, Chris and her team provide applied economic consulting across the nation with an emphasis on economic and workforce development. On the software side, Chmura has developed patented, interactive web-based labor tools (JobsEQ® technology) that enable practitioners to create strategies to close the gap between the expected supply and demand for occupations in their region by identifying training needs and industries for recruitment. Chmura's quantitative research covers a broad range of statistical and econometric applications that help management in decision-making, planning, and realizing goals.

Chris founded Chmura Economics & Analytics in 1998. Previously, she was the chief economist at Crestar Bank (30th largest bank in the nation before its merger with SunTrust). Prior to joining Crestar in 1990, she was an associate economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond. She received her doctorate in business with a specialization in finance and economics from Virginia Commonwealth University (1993). Her bachelor's degree in business administration (1981) and master's degree in economics (1983) are from Clemson University.