Kirk Lesh

Kirk M. Lesh, M.B.A.

Kirk Lesh

Kirk Lesh


Senior Economist

Kirk Lesh is a Senior Economist at the Center for Economic Research and Forecasting (CERF) at California Lutheran University. In addition to his work at CERF, Mr. Lesh is finishing his Ph.D. dissertation at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Mr. Lesh earned his M.B.A. from the University of California, Irvine in 2000 and holds undergraduate degrees in Finance and Economics from the University of Colorado, Boulder.

At CLU Mr. Lesh spends his time consulting for Santa Barbara County and NAI Capital, Inc. In the fall he will begin teaching in the new M.S. Economics program. Mr. Lesh also teaches several undergraduate classes at CLU.

Prior to his work at CLU Mr. Lesh was the Real Estate Economist at the Economic Forecast Project at UCSB where he prepared and presented annual real estate forecasts for several communities in Central California. Additionally, Mr. Lesh served as a consultant on several large, community orientated projects.

His work at CLU and UCSB has given Mr. Lesh the opportunity to speak at numerous seminars throughout California. He often quoted in local newspapers and has been the keynote speaker at several events.

Before he entered the Ph.D program Mr. Lesh worked as a Manager of Finance for several companies in Orange County. In these various roles Mr. Lesh helped integrate two billion dollar companies, created a financial reporting system and secured a second public offering.