Fernanda Herrera


Fernanda Herrera is an economist at the Policy & InnovationCenter (PIC), using her expertise to lead research for San Diego and ImperialValley on economic development, climate, equity and more. Her binationalperspective and experience provide keen insight into PIC’s projects andresearch. As a researcher in economics Herrera has worked with academia,government agencies, and scientific organizations.

Prior tojoining PIC, she was an associate economic research analyst for San DiegoAssociation of Governments (SANDAG) – developing, implementing and applying economic research methodologies in supportof regional policies, plans, andprograms –

and a postdoctoralresearcher at UC San Diego School of Global Policy and Strategy. Additionally,she was a postdoctoral researcher at El Colegio de México in Mexico City and anadvisor to the director of immigration at Mexico’s Instituto Nacional deMigración. 

She holds a Ph.D. in economics from El Colegio de México, aMaster of Arts degree in applied economics from El Colegio de la FronteraNorte, Mexico and a Bachelor of Science in actuarial science from UniversidadNacional Autonoma de Mexico, Mexico.

Additionally,she has published multiple articles in academic journals and was awarded a UCMEXUS-CONACYT postdoctoral research fellowship; the Colmex Academic ExcellenceAward from the BBVA Bancomer Foundation; and the Roberto Gonzalez BarreraFellowship from the Mexican Friends of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem andBanorte Financial Group. Herrera has conducted theoretical and applied researchin land use change, transport economics, political economy, and immigration.

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