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William G. Hamm

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Overview

Bill Hamm is an economics consultant with high-level experience in both business and government. An expert on financial institutions, mortgage lending, and public finance, he has been the executive vice-president/chief operating officer of a AAA-rated $50-billion bank. He has also run a $1.5-billion loan servicing business unit for an S&P 500 company.

Prior to entering the private sector, Dr. Hamm headed the non-partisan Legislative Analyst's Office in California, where he earned a nationwide reputation for objectivity, expertise, and credibility on public policy issues ranging from taxation to healthcare. In addition, he spent eight years in the Executive Office of the President in Washington, DC, where he headed a division of the Office of Management and Budget responsible for analyzing the programs and budgets of the Department of Labor, Department of Housing and Urban Development,  Veterans Administration, and other federal agencies.

As an economics consultant, Dr. Hamm specializes in helping courts, legislative bodies, and the public develop a sound understanding of complex economic and public policy issues. During the past 15 years, he has given expert testimony at 20-plus trials and has spent more than 75 days on the witness stand. His expert opinions have addressed lost profits, reliance damages, restitution, just compensation for takings, interest-rate risk management, product profitability, predatory lending, prejudgment interest, and economic impact analysis.

Dr. Hamm has a B.A. from Dartmouth College and a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Michigan. His doctoral dissertation is titled "Wage Determination in Public Utilities." He is a member of the American Economic Association and the American Law and Economics Association, a fellow of the National Academy for Public Administration, a founding principal of the Council for Excellence in Government, and a trustee of Freedom from Hunger.  

Education

University of Michigan
Ph.D., Economics, 1969
M.A., Economics, 1966

Dartmouth College
A.B., Government, 1964

Employment History

LECG, LLC
Managing director
1996 - 2010

Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco
Executive vice president, chief operating officer
1992 - 1995
Senior vice president
1991 - 1992

World Savings and Loan Association
Vice president - Loan Service manager
1988 - 1990
Vice president - Director of Operations Analysis
1986 - 1988

State of California Legislative Analyst
1977 - 1986

Executive Office of the President - Office of Management and Budget
Deputy associate director - Division chief
1976 - 1977
Assistant division director - Chief of HUD Branch
1972 - 1976
Budget analyst
1969 - 1972

Honors

Honors

William A. Jump Memorial Foundation Meritorious Award for Exemplary Achievement in Public Administration
1974

Institute for Public Utilities Fellowship
University of Michigan, 1968

NSF Fellowship
National Science Foundation, 1967

Phi Beta Kappa
Dartmouth College, 1964

Colby Prize (shared)
Dartmouth College, 1964

Institute for Labor and Industrial Relations Fellowship
University of Michigan, 1964

News & Insights

Seminars & Speaking Engagements

News & Commentary

Affiliations

Professional Affiliations

American Economic Association

National Academy of Public Administration
Fellow

Commonwealth Club

American Law and Economics Association

Freedom From Hunger
Trustee

LECG-Europe
Director

Council on Excellence in Government
Founding principal

National Academy of Public Administration Panel for Improving Healthcare and Services to Veterans
Chairman

National Academy of Public Administration Panel for Improving the Small Business Administration's Effectiveness

National Academy of Public Administration Panel for Improving Management/Operations
Chairman

California Institute for County Government
Director

National Academy of Public Administration Panel for Improving the Financial Stability of the Presidio Trust

Advisory Panel of the California Earthquake Authority

PrimeTech, Inc.
Director

California Citizens Budget Commission

Dean's Advisory Council, San Francisco State University

Board of Visitors, Institute for Public Policy, Duke University

Dean's Advisory Council, Graduate School of Management, University of California/Davis
Founding member

Western Legislative Fiscal Officers Association
President