December 9, 2015
Dr. Stephen Fuller
Center for Regional Analysis
George Mason University
Dr. Stephen Fuller joined the faculty at George Mason University (GMU) 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 as director of the Center for Regional Analysis. In Sept. 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 (GW) for 25 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.
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 and Fairfax County economies.
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 ongoing projects in Portugal. Many of his reports are available on the Center for Regional Analysis website.
Gov. Kaine appointed him to the Governor's Advisory Board of Economists and appointment he had held under Govs. Warner, Allen and Wilder. In 2003, he was a member of the Gov. 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 D.C.-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.