Michael Dardia is Vice President & Director of Research at the SPHERE Institute. His research interests cover workforce development; redevelopment; regional economics; and public finance and taxation issues. He is currently working on a simulation model of proposed property tax allocation changes and a study of displaced high-tech workers in Silicon Valley. Prior to joining SPHERE, he helped start up the Public Policy Institute of California and was a consultant to the RAND Corporation. He is a member of the California Workforce Investment Board's Economic Advisory Council, a technical advisor to the Economic Strategy Panel, and has participated in numerous other state and local government advisory groups. He edits the Growth and Employment series of the California Policy Review and writes the Regional Highlights for the Bay Area Economic Pulse. He earned his Ph.D. in Policy Analysis from the RAND Graduate School.