The Curriculum Vitae
Jock O'Connell is an international business consultant and economic/political affairs writer who grew up on the coast of Maine and has lived in northern California since 1971. He is widely regarded as one of California's foremost authorities on world trade, global economic trends, and the internationalization of the Golden State's economy. He is the president of The ClarkStreetGroup, a consulting firm specializing in the analysis of economic and political developments affecting international business.
For several years beginning in the early 1980's, Mr. O'Connell was directly involved in developing the State of California's programs to promote exports and attract foreign direct investment. In 1980, he accompanied then Assemblyman Mike Gage on a visit to the People's Republic of China where they held several meetings following through on earlier initiatives by the administration of Edmund G. Brown, Jr. to forge commercial and cultural links between California and the PRC. From late 1983 until January 1989, he was the international business advisor to the California Commission for Economic Development. He also served as a consultant to the California State World Trade Commission, the State Assembly's Committee on International Trade, and the Office of the Lieutenant Governor.
In addition to counseling many of the state's political leaders on global economic trends and how they were affecting California, Mr. O'Connell authored "An International Trade Policy for California" in 1986 for the California Commission for Economic Development and co-authored "California's Export Statistics," a 1988 study for the California State World Trade Commission.
Also during the 1980's, Mr. O'Connell advised the U.S. Department of State and government officials from several of California's principal trading partners on issues relating to the state's controversial unitary method of taxing multinational corporations. In a 1987 report, The New York Times identified Mr. O'Connell as "the state's leading expert on the politics of the unitary tax."
In 1989, he went into private consulting, working primarily with small and medium-sized foreign companies pursuing business opportunities in California and other states.While often quoted in the media, Mr. O'Connell has himself written and lectured extensively on economic affairs, politics, international trade and foreign investment. Articles he has authored have appeared on the Op-Ed page of The New York Times along with the Los Angeles Times, San Jose Mercury-News, and San Francisco Chronicle. He has been a frequent contributor to the opinion pages of the Sacramento Bee, the leading daily newspaper in California's state capital. His most recent essays have dealt with the effects of the Asian financial crisis on California, the problems of economic forecasting in a rapidly changing global economy, and the severe constraints on the ability of California's governor to influence the course of the world's seventh largest economy. (A collection of Mr. O'Connell's writings on international trade, economics, and politics from 1988 through 1998 may be accessed by double-clicking on Essays.)
He has been a lecturer at the University of California at Davis and at California State University, Sacramento. Among the more prominent business groups and other organizations Mr. O'Connell has addressed over the years are the Institute for USA and Canada Studies in Moscow (1976), Japan's Keidanren in Tokyo (1985), the Confederation of British Industry in London (1985), the Foreign Trade Association of Southern California in Los Angeles (1989), and the Commonwealth Club of California in San Francisco (1993). Mr. O'Connell has also spoken at a number of international conferences and symposia, including UTEC '93, Europe's largest annual conference and trade show devoted to environmental technology. There, in October 1993, he spoke on the usefulness of joint ventures between small and medium-sized US and European environmental technology firms. In December 1995, he delivered the keynote address at a European Union symposium on small business development programs held in Oslo, Norway.
The son of a labor union official, Mr. O'Connell was born in 1947 in Portland, Maine. He received his A.B. in political science from the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts and later pursued doctoral studies in international relations at the University of California at Davis. He has also studied at the Institute of European Studies in Vienna and at the London School of Economics, where he was a Fulbright Scholar.
Locally, Mr. O'Connell is a participant in the Green Valley Initiative, a group of leading business figures in the Sacramento region whose goal is to develop a consensus for guiding the region's future growth and economic development. He is also an avid sea-kayaker and an occasional book reviewer.
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Davis, California 95617-0603