Marin Economic Forum Staff
Robin Sternberg/Chief Executive Officer
Robin Sternberg comes to the Marin Economic Forum with a strong background in economic development and job growth strategies for high technology sectors and small businesses. Most recently she worked as the Senior Economic Development Advisor on the American Jobs Project at the University of California at Berkeley, where she was a lead advisor and author of a report focused on job creation in the clean energy efficiency sector.
From 2012 to 2015, she was the Deputy Commissioner, Department of Employment and Economic Development for the State of Minnesota where she managed over $180 million in programs. A Minnesota native, Ms. Sternberg previously was the Executive Director of Governor Dayton’s Jobs Initiative for Minnesota. Earlier, she was the National Director of Business Development and Marketing for Minnesota Public Radio, based in St. Paul. She has also held various consulting positions.
Ms. Sternberg is leading MEF’s efforts to promote Marin County’s economic interests and growth through a variety of business support and community engagement programs as well as other new initiatives she will develop in concert with MEF’s thirty-six-member Board of Directors. Ms. Sternberg will also manage committees and volunteer working groups organized by MEF that focus on key economic issues in the County. Her duties also include fundraising, administration and event planning for the organization.
Robert Eyler, PhD/Chief Economist
Dr. Robert Eyler, chief economist for Marin Economic Forum, is an internationally recognized academic and has published two books and numerous several academic articles concerning economic sanctions, the economics of the wine industry and monetary economics.
The Interim Dean of Extended and International Education at Sonoma State University, Dr. Eyler earned a Ph.D. from UC Davis and holds a BA in economics from CSU, Chico. He has been a visiting scholar at both the University of Bologna and Stanford University.
“We take a rigorous academic approach to the information that we gather and then apply it to the real world in order to offer our affiliates useful and actionable data,” he says. “It is very much our goal to maintain our reputation as an independent organization that provides public policy and economic impact analyses for both private firms and public entities to help guide decision making at the local and state level.”
Dr. Eyler, who served as the CEO of the Forum from 2009-15, is a frequent speaker at academic and business conferences. He also serves on Redwood Credit Union’s Board of Directors.