Dr. Gina Waterfield is an economist and director in BRG’s Washington, DC, office. She specializes in the areas of environment and natural resources, agriculture, and consumer behavior. She has assisted private and government clients in litigation, regulatory, and decision-making contexts.

Dr. Waterfield has consulted on matters including natural resource damages valuations, policy impact assessments, regulatory compliance issues, water rights disputes, product liability cases, and estimation of environmental liabilities in tax-related proceedings. She has conducted econometric analyses to estimate the health effects of air and water contamination, household and recreational welfare losses due to natural resource injury, and impacts of policy changes on agricultural production, among other topics. In addition to general economic and econometric analytical techniques, Dr. Waterfield has particular expertise in spatial analysis and survey design and implementation.

Prior to joining BRG, Dr. Waterfield worked as an economist at The Nature Conservancy, where she conducted research to inform organizational strategy and improve the effectiveness of US and global conservation programs. She focused on the behavioral aspects of consumer and producer choices and on the use of cost-benefit analysis to inform investment decisions. Dr. Waterfield also previously worked at a global economic and finance consulting firm and at Resources for the Future, an environmental policy thinktank. She received her PhD in agricultural and resource economics from the University of California, Berkeley, where she was a graduate research fellow of the National Science Foundation.

Employment History

Director, 2022-present

The Brattle Group
Senior associate, 2021-2022

The Nature Conservancy
Economist, 2018-2021

The Brattle Group
Senior associate, 2015-2018

Resources for the Future
Research analyst, 2008-2009

Research associate, 2007-2008

Areas of Expertise


University of California, Berkeley
PhD, Agricultural and Resource Economics, 2015
BA and BS, Philosophy and Economics, 2006