Jeff Wakefield

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Regional Senior Principal - Environmental Economics
Lewes, Delaware, United States
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Greatest professional achievement?

The focus of economics is not money; it’s happiness. I get to help clients make decisions, both big and small, with an eye toward leaving society in a better place than we found it.

How is it making a difference?

Whether its configuring a water intake in a specific manner, managing a fishery in a different way, or responding to an oil spill with a better plan, maybe there are a few things that work better for society because I was involved in their development.

What is your technical expertise?

I help people use science and numbers to reach consensus, manage risk, and make better decisions. This is often employed in the context of Natural Resource Damage Assessment, ecological benefit cost analysis, and policy analysis.

What makes you tick?

I work every day so I can tuck my kids in every night, even if they're already sleeping.

Why Cardno?

As an economist, there are few places where you have access to all of the “ists” (archaeologists, biologists, ecologists, chemists, toxicologists), and they don’t conspire to throw you out of the room. Cardno is one of the few places I know where work is truly interdisciplinary.

What do you do to relax?

Hunting, fishing, and coaching.

Any other wise words?

"Believe in observation, measurement, and reasoning, confirmed by independent observers. I'll believe anything, no matter how wild and ridiculous, if there is evidence for it. The wilder and more ridiculous something is, however, the firmer and more solid the evidence will have to be." - Isaac Asimov

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