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Goetz Wolff

Goetz Wolff is faculty member of the Urban Planning Dept. in UCLA’s School of Public Affairs, teaching graduate courses focusing on economic development and social justice dimensions: Southern California Regional Economy; Methods of Sectoral Analysis; and Urban and Regional Economic Development.

In recent years his work on food sustainability and food justice issues includes supervising graduate student research on developing community gardens, regional food policy, and food production.

While a professor in North Carolina he organized a community garden that brought together a cross-section of diverse residents. Currently he applies his gardening skills to his many roof-top containers yielding an abundant harvest of organic produce.

He served as the Research Director of the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO for six years. Prior to that, he was the chief economist for workforce development with Los Angeles County Private Industry Council for five years. More recently he consulted for Community Career Development, a LA City Work Source Center, developing programs to train and place jobs seekers who are veterans, unemployed, dislocated, and those with criminal records.

He graduated Phi Beta Kappa and Magna Cum Laude from Occidental College, and holds advanced degrees from Yale University.

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