Stephen S. Fuller, Ph.D.
Dwight Schar Faculty Chair and University Professor
Director, Center for Regional Analysis, School of Public Policy
George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia
Professor Fuller joined the faculty at George Mason University in 1994 as Professor of Public Policy and Regional Development. He served as Director of the Ph.D. Program in Public Policy from July 1998 to June 2000 and from July 2001 to July 2002. He also serves is Director of the Center for Regional Analysis. In September 2001, the GMU Board of Visitors appointed him University Professor and in July 2002 he was named to the Dwight Schar Faculty Chair.
Prior to joining the George Mason University faculty, he served on the faculty at George Washington University for twenty-five years, including nine as Chairman of the Department of Urban Planning and Real Estate Development and one as Director of Doctoral Programs for the School of Business and Public Management.
Dr. Fuller received a B.A. in Economics from Rutgers University (1962) and his Doctorate in Regional Planning and Economic Development (1969) from Cornell University. He has authored more than 750 articles, papers, and reports in the field of urban and regional economic development including monthly reports on the Washington metropolitan area (since 2/91) and Fairfax County economies (6/97 to 6/09).
His research focuses on the changing structure of metropolitan area economies and measuring their current and near-term performance. He developed a monthly series of indicators that track the current and near-term performance of the Washington’s area economy in 1990. He also developed leading and coincident indices for Fairfax County in 1997 and prepared monthly reports for the County from June 1997 through June 2009.
His research includes studies on the impacts of federal spending, the hospitality industry, international business and the building industry on the Washington area economy. His international assignments include Kazakhstan, Georgia, Hungary and China as well as on-going projects in Portugal. Many of his reports are available on the Center for Regional Analysis website (www.cra-gmu.org).
Governor Kaine appointed him to the Governor’s Advisory Board of Economists and appointment he had held under Governors Warner, Allen and Wilder. In 2003, he was a member of the Governor Warner’s Tax Reform Working Group. He also is a member of the CFO Advisory Group of the District of Columbia. Additionally, he serves on the Board of Directors of the Global Environment and Technology Foundation and Tompkins Builders Inc., a DC-based company. He served as an economic advisor to Fairfax County, VA between 1995 and 2009 and was appointed by the Board of Supervisors to serve on the Board of Directors of the Fairfax County Convention and Visitors Authority for a five-year term ending in 2009. In 2007, he was appointed by Cardinal Bank as its Chief Economist.
In 1996, he was honored by the Economic Club of Washington as Educator of the Year and in 1997 was selected for the Richard T. Ely Distinguished Educator Award by Lambda Alpha International, an honorary society of land economists. He served as President of the Washington Chapter of Lambda Alpha from 1998 to 2000 and is a member of the Urban Land Institute’s Washington District Council. He was a NAIOP Distinguished Fellow from 2001 through 2008.
David E. Versel, AICP
Senior Research Associate, Center for Regional Analysis
David Versel joined the George Mason University Center for Regional Analysis in 2013 as a Senior Research Associate. He possesses more than 15 years’ experience in the urban development field, with particular expertise in real estate market and feasibility evaluations, regional development planning, geospatial analyses, and fiscal and economic impact studies.
He has spent much of his career as a consulting land use economist, first with Economics Research Associates (ERA) and as Principal of an independent practice. During his consulting career he worked on projects in 28 U.S. states for a range of public, private, nonprofit, and institutional clients. He has also worked in the nonprofit arena, serving as Executive Director of the Southeast Fairfax Development Corporation and as Senior Planner for the Southern Maine Regional Planning Commission.
A native of Rockville, Maryland, Mr. Versel earned a B.A. in Architecture from Washington University in St. Louis in 1995 and a Master of City Planning degree from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1997. He is certified by the American Institute of Certified Planners and an active member of the American Planning Association.
Research Associate, Center for Regional Analysis
Jeannette Chapman joined the George Mason University Center for Regional Analysis in 2013 as a Research Associate. Prior to joining the Center, she was the research associate at the DowntownDC Business Improvement District where she analyzed the major economic sectors of the downtown area. At the Center, she is responsible for tracking regional and national data. Her primary areas of research include housing, economic development and employment statistics.
Ms. Chapman received B.A.’s in Economics and Foreign Affairs from the University of Virginia in 2006.