Sheila Martin is the Director of the Institute of Portland Metropolitan Studies and the Population Research Center at Portland State University. She serves as a portal to the University's knowledge resources for the community and directs the Institute’s research and service activities. Prior to joining PSU in 2004, Sheila served as Washington State Governor Gary Locke's economic development advisor, developing and implementing the Governor’s economic development initiatives. Prior to her appointment by Governor Locke, she worked as a Senior Economist at the Research Triangle Institute. While at RTI, Sheila built a research program in technology economics and policy and researched the value of new innovation and the impact of technology in industry. Her research and teaching interests include sustainable economic development, regionalism, and technology economics and policy. Sheila earned her Ph.D. in Economics from Iowa State University.