Principal and Co-Founder
Expertise: Budget & Taxation, Environment, Health Care, Local Government
Experience: Executive Director, California Institute for County Government; Senior Consultant, LECG; Policy Analyst, Legislative Analyst's Office
Education: MPP, Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government; BA, University of California Los Angeles
Matthew Newman is a joint founder of the Blue Sky Consulting Group. Mr. Newman specializes in quantitative analysis of state and local fiscal, economic and public policy issues. He has expertise in developing simulation and forecasting models, including work for the California Legislature, where he developed the first modern property tax forecasting model used by the state's Legislative Analyst's Office. He also conceptualized, designed and implemented the CSUS Forecast of the Sacramento Region, the region’s first econometric forecasting model.
Mr. Newman was the founding Executive Director of the California Institute for County Government (CICG), a nonpartisan public policy research organization supported by the California State Association of Counties, the California State University system, and the California State University, Sacramento. Mr. Newman had oversight responsibility for all CICG research projects and directed the institute's strategic planning and fundraising activities. While at CICG, Mr. Newman specialized in analyzing complex public policy issues and presenting the results to policy makers in a clear and concise format. He conducted empirical research projects in a broad range of areas relevant to local government in California and maintained an extensive database of local government financial, economic, and demographic statistics. Mr. Newman was responsible for the publication of four dozen research reports, articles, and publications, and developed the institute's Digital Clipping Service, a news clipping service used by more than 3,000 top level state and local officials each day.
Prior to working at CICG, Mr. Newman was a Senior Consultant for LECG, an international economics and public policy consulting firm. While at LECG, Mr. Newman analyzed complex public finance issues, including an assessment of the causes of the Orange County bankruptcy and a statistical analysis of the Bank of America's California paying agent activities. Mr. Newman's work on the Bank of America case was instrumental in recovering nearly $200 million for California state and local governments. Prior to his work at LECG, Mr. Newman served as a Policy Analyst for California's Legislative Analyst's Office, where he published studies of California's property tax, county fiscal constraints, and the earned income tax credit. Mr. Newman also analyzed the allocation of local funding streams, including the formula used to allocate the Proposition 172 Public Safety Sales Tax revenues and the AB 8 property tax allocation formula.
Mr. Newman is a Phi Beta Kappa, magna cum laude graduate of the College Honors program at the University of California at Los Angeles and holds a Master of Public Policy degree from Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government. He also teaches program and policy evaluation to graduate students at the University of Southern California Price School of Public Policy.