OUR mission – 

improving public policy through research and analysis


About Us

Justin L. Adams, Ph.D.

Position: President and Chief Economist

Encina Advisors, a Sacramento-area economics consulting firm, specializes in applying cutting-edge analyses to help frame and solve policy, strategy, and operational problems. We advise California state agencies, local governments, non-profit organizations and initiative coalitions. We work closely with them to ensure our research helps drive meaningful changes in policies and operations.


Dr. Justin L. Adams, the principal of Encina Advisors, has 21 years of economics and public policy consulting experience, including six years as an economist with the RAND Corporation in Santa Monica. His policy experience includes regional economic development, transportation, energy and natural resources, and higher education.

Dr. Adams holds a Ph.D. in Business from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. He also holds an A.B. in Economics and Political Science and an A.M. in Political Science from Stanford University.