Alexander Heil is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Public Service of NYU’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service.
Dr. Alexander Heil is the Chief Economist of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. As Chief Economist, Dr. Heil guides and manages the agency’s economic research and analysis agenda, helping to ensure that the agency’s major investment and policy decisions are informed by sound economic principles, and provide expertise regionally on economic and demographic trends. Dr. Heil’s experience includes regional economic analysis & forecasting, sustainability & resilience studies, cost benefit analyses, economic impact assessments of transportation investments, and undertaking economic and financial project evaluations.
Prior to his appointment at the Port Authority, he was an Economist at CDM Smith, where he conducted management consulting for municipal and private industry clients. Most of his work was in the energy, water and wastewater sectors. He also worked at Cambridge Systematics Inc., Commonwealth Research Group Inc., and Arthur Andersen Business Consulting. He currently is an Adjunct Professor at Columbia University’s School of Professional Studies and School of International and Public Affairs.
Dr. Heil holds a Ph.D. in Transportation Economics from the University of South Wales in the United Kingdom. He received his bachelor’s degree from Hawai’i Pacific University and his master’s degree in Economics from Golden Gate University.