Qingfang Wang, Ph.D.

Internal Director & Professor of Public Policy
qingfang.wang@ucr.edu | (951) 827-5581


Qingfang Wang

Dr. Wang joined the ICSD as our Internal Director in 2019. She received her Ph.D. in Geography from the University of Georgia in 2005 and her M.S. from the Central University of Finance and Economics, China in 1997. Dr. Wang's research area lies broadly in immigration, labor market, and development. Her recent work includes research on immigrant, ethnic and female entrepreneurship, and transnational migration of the highly skilled, especially in the higher education sector.

Rick Bishop

External Director & Fmr. Executive Director of the Western Riverside Council of Governments (WRCOG)
rbishop@wrcog.us | 951-405-6701
Rick Bishop

Rick Bishop joined the ICSD team in early 2019 as our External Director. Rick Bishop is the executive director of the Western Riverside Council of Governments (WRCOG), a joint powers authority consisting of 18 cities, the County of Riverside, the Eastern and Western Municipal Water Districts, the Morongo Band of Mission Indians, and the Riverside County Superintendent of Schools.

Ronald Loveridge

Deputy Director & Professor of Political Science
ronald.loveridge@ucr.edu | (951) 827-4548


Ron Loveridge

Loveridge has taken an active role in our Center since 2013. Loveridge served the City of Riverside for 33 years, as a City Councilman from 1979 to 1994 and as its Mayor from 1994 to December 2012. As Mayor, he taught one course a year at UCR. "Local Leadership in California." He now focuses his attention on the research related to the growth of the suburbs, public policy, urban planning, transportation, air quality and the intersection of cities and natural lands. Loveridge earned a Bachelor’s degree from the University of the Pacific and Master’s and Ph.D. degrees in Political Science from Stanford University.

Shayna Conaway

Contract and Grant Analyst
shayna.conaway@ucr.edu | (951) 827-7830


Conaway, Shayna

Shayna Conaway joined ICSD in 2004 as the Finance and Event Manager. More recently, her role has expanded to include contract and grant administration for the School of Public Policy, in addition to her work with the Centers. Before joining the Center, she worked as a Financial Analyst in the College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences Dean's Office at UCR where she assisted with the financial management of the Center from its inception. Prior to coming to Riverside, Shayna worked in mortgage banking finance. She received her B.A. degree in Sociology from California State University, Fresno in 1992.

Wei Kang

Research Scientist



Dr. Kang joined the ICSD as Research Scientist in 2020. She received her Ph.D. in Geography from Arizona State University in 2018, her M.Sc. in Cartology & Geographical Information System (GIS) from Peking University, China in 2014, and B.Sc. in GIS from Wuhan University, China in 2011. Dr. Kang’s research interests lie in spatial statistics & econometrics, social inequality and mobility, residential mobility, and neighborhood change. She is also a core developer and maintainer of the widely used open-source python spatial analysis library – PySAL.

Yohanna White

Policy Analyst
Yohanna White

Yohanna White joined ICSD as a policy analyst in July of 2021. She holds a BS chemistry degree from UC San Diego and an MS chemistry degree from the University of Georgia. Yohanna combined her passions for science and public service by pursuing a career in public policy. Upon graduation, she interned with a non-profit called Science for Georgia where she encouraged the public to engage in science issues and advocated for evidence-based science policies. Yohanna is also a part of the National Science Policy Network’s (NSPN) SciPol Scholars-in-Residence program, where she is receiving intensive training in science policy. Her research interests include implementing equitable policies that address social challenges, such as housing affordability, climate resilience, immigration, and diversity in STEM careers.

Kristen Kopko

Research Manager & Policy Analyst
kristen.kopko@ucr.edu | (951) 827-6022

Kristen joined ICSD in 2019 as a Public Policy Analyst. Before joining the center, she worked as a Data Analyst for BNBuilders in San Diego and conducted research at the Luskin School of Public Affairs at the University of California, Los Angeles. She graduated from UCLA summa cum laude with a B.A. in Political Science and History.

Center Advisors:

Steve PonTell

Center Advisor & President and CEO of National CORE


Steve Pontell Advisor Picture

Steve PonTell is the Chief Executive Officer and President of National CORE, one of the nation’s largest nonprofit developers of affordable and senior housing. National CORE owns, operates, and/or manages nearly 9,000 units serving more than 27,000 residents in California, Florida, and Texas. Under his leadership, CORE has earned wide acclaim for their proven and effective approach to building and preserving affordable housing that positively impacts communities. He has become a passionate advocate for the residents and communities we serve and today is one of the leading voices and public speakers on the topic of housing affordability and community transformation. He has led several regional and national symposiums on our nation’s housing crisis and he is a nationally recognized authority on community development and creating forward-thinking organizations to maximize evolving market environments. In addition, Steve has addressed the California Assembly on the challenges facing the affordable housing industry. During his career, Steve has pursued a variety of entrepreneurial ventures and has held several public-private leadership positions. Active in his community and industry, Steve serves on several boards of directors, including the California Endowment, National Housing Conference, BizFed Institute and Southern California Leadership Council. He also is an active member of the Urban Land Institute and the American Planning Association. Steve has a Bachelor of Science degree from California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo in City and Regional Planning and an Executive MBA from Claremont Graduate University’s Drucker School of Business. He is married to Victoria, a Ph.D. in nursing, and two daughters, Erin and Grace.

Chris Thornberg, Ph.D.

Center Advisor & Founding Partner of Beacon Economics, LLC


Chris Thornberg Advisor Photo

Christopher Thornberg is Director of the UC Riverside School of Business Center for Economic Forecasting and Development and an Adjunct Professor at the School. He is also the Founding Partner of Beacon Economics LLC. An expert in economic and revenue forecasting, regional economics, economic policy, and labor and real estate markets, Dr. Thornberg has consulted for private industry, cities, counties, and public agencies in Los Angeles, San Francisco and the Bay Area, San Diego, the Inland Empire, Seattle, Orange County, Sacramento, Nevada, and other geographies across the nation. Dr. Thornberg became nationally known for forecasting the subprime mortgage market crash that began in 2007 and was one of the few economists on record to predict the global economic recession that followed. In 2015, he was named to California State Treasurer John Chiang’s Council of Economic Advisors, the body that advises the Treasurer on emerging strengths and vulnerabilities within the state’s economy. From 2008 to 2012, he served as an economic advisor to the California State Controller’s Office, and as Chair of then State Controller John Chiang’s Council of Economic Advisors. He also serves on the Boards of Directors of both the California Chamber of Commerce and the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce, and is an Executive Member of the Central City Association (Los Angeles) and a member of the California Association for Local Economic Development. Prior to launching Beacon Economics, Dr. Thornberg was a senior economist with UCLA’s Anderson Forecast. He previously taught in the MBA program at UCLA’s Anderson School, in the Rady School of Business at UC San Diego, and at Thammasat University in Bangkok, Thailand. A well-known media commentator, Dr. Thornberg has appeared on CNN and NPR and is regularly quoted in major national dailies including the Wall Street Journal and New York Times. Originally from upstate New York, Dr. Thornberg holds a Ph.D in Business Economics from The Anderson School at UCLA, and a B.S. degree in Business Administration from the State University of New York at Buffalo.

Greg Devereaux

Center Advisor