Impresa specializes in providing a range of analytical services that are closely related to our core vision of helping our clients deal with the unfolding challenges of the new economy. We assist our clients to understand and measure economic change, design effective strategies, not only for economic development, but for education and workforce as well. We also provide tools–reports, presentations, printed and electronic media–to get critical information to stakeholders.
Joe Cortright is President and Principal Economist for Impresa, a consulting firm specializing in regional economic analysis, innovation and industry clusters. Joe is also a non-resident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution, senior policy advisor for CEOs for Cities, a national organization of urban leaders, and the chair of the Oregon Governor’s Council of Economic Advisors.
As an advisor to state and local governments, private businesses, foundations and advocacy groups in more than a dozen states, Canada and Europe, Joe’s work casts a light on the role of knowledge-based industries in shaping regional economies. He and his work are regularly quoted in the media, including in the the Wall Street Journal,The New York Times, The Economist, BusinessWeek and USA Today.
Laurel Dukehart is Principal Education and Partnership Strategist for Impresa. Between 2003 and 2015 she was founding president of Gateway to College National Network, building partnerships in cities around the country to reengage struggling young people in education and workforce training. Under Laurel’s leadership the organization grew to serve over 20,000 students in more than 20 states, in partnership with over 50 colleges and nearly 200 school districts. She led the organization to a prestigious Social Innovation Fund award. Laurel worked with some of the nation’s top foundations and education visionaries to help disconnected students complete high school and succeed in college.
Prior to Gateway to College National Network <link>, Laurel spent over a decade at Impresa specializing in education policy, business-education partnerships, school-to-career programs, and innovative education strategies for underserved youth. Clients included the Washington Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction, the Oregon Business Council, Worksite 21, several workforce investment boards, the Oregon Department of Community Colleges and Workforce Development, and many others. As a volunteer, Laurel helped launch an innovative K – 8 focus program at Portland Public Schools that continues to serve local students. She has appeared on Comcast Newsmakers, the U.S. Department of Education’s television broadcast Education News Parents can Use, and Portland Woman magazine called her an “education for all pioneer.”