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Economics Alumni

Joanna Faber

BBA Economics ’19
Associate | Cloudmed

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Tell us about your current position.

I am an associate at Cloudmed Revenue Intelligence Solutions. I work with insurance companies to recover revenue for hospital clients by examining contract language and translating it into data modeling to facilitate proper pricing. 

How did you become interested in economics?

It happened quite organically. I came to Georgia Southern undecided, but I thought the business school would be a good place to start. My first semester I was enrolled in macroeconomics with Prof. Jeff Schiman. I really enjoyed the class and so I enrolled in another economics class the following semester, eventually declaring it my major. 

What was one aspect of Georgia Southern that helped you find your career interest or has been important to your career? 

The faculty in the economics department at Georgia Southern played such a big role in my career. Going to office hours allowed me to build connections with professors, who pushed me to aim big in my goals. Without them, I would have never even applied to graduate school. Because of them, I graduated from one of the top graduate programs in the nation for public health. 

What was your favorite course in economics?

Applied Econometrics. This was by far the most challenging course I took at Georgia Southern and it paid off. The skills I learned from hours spent in the computer lab helped me during the interview for the job I have now. 

What advice would you give to current students about careers in economics?  Think broadly! An economics degree is highly valuable in many fields, not just in the world of business. I have met lawyers, restaurant owners, teachers, and doctors who hold degrees in economics. 


AnnMarie Grason

BBA Economics ’19
Associate Consultant | Ernst & Young

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Tell us about your current position.

I am currently an associate consultant within Ernst & Young’s Economic Development Advisory Services Practice. We work with governments, economic development organizations, chambers of commerce, educational institutions, and workforce agencies. Our services include strategic planning, competitive assessments, benchmarking, economic equity strategies, global market insights and innovative custom solutions. We help communities create and deploy economic development strategies and practical tools to achieve higher-performing economies that generate opportunities for all their residents. In my specific role I have the opportunity to work in many facets of economic development strategic planning including project coordination, stakeholder engagement, research, strategy drafting and site visits. By far, my favorite part of my role is being able to help communities through challenges and see them thrive when and after implementing strategies.


How did you become interested in economics?

In high school, I participated in the dual enrollment program and took my first economics class. I was immediately intrigued with how practical and applicable it was to life and everyday issues. Once I really thought about what I wanted to do for my career, I realized economics was at the center of it all. I have a passion for helping residents, businesses and communities thrive and at the center of it all is a thriving economy.

What was one aspect of Georgia Southern that helped you find your career interest or has been important to your career?

I took an economic development class at Georgia Southern that really sealed the deal. In addition to that, the connections I made with professors and classmates are valuable to this day and will continue to be throughout my professional career.


What was your favorite course in economics?

Econometrics and Health Economics: I liked these courses for the same reason, they both required a lot of independent research on topics of your choice which summed up to a final paper and presentation. I enjoyed courses where I could see the fruits of my labor at the end. I am also still using data analysis tools I learned in these courses in my career today.


What advice would you give to current students about careers in economics?
There are so many career paths within economics, use internships as an opportunity to see what you like.  If you are deciding between economic development and economic forecasting for example, get an internship in both. It is a great opportunity to try out different positions within a career path without the commitment of a full-time role.


Jordan Totten

BA Economics ’14
Machine Learning Specialist | Google

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Tell us about your current position.

I’m a Machine Learning specialist with Google Cloud, focusing on the space where machine learning intersects with the challenges facing society and businesses today. I help retail and CPG customers use Google’s AI services to innovate, optimize, and scale their business applications in the cloud. I use their feedback and use cases to prioritize new features in our product roadmaps.

How did you become interested in economics?

I was particularly interested in learning how organizations and individuals make decisions with limited resources. I knew this would be a useful foundation I could apply to any field or discipline.

What was one aspect of Georgia Southern that helped you find your career interest or has been important to your career?

Understanding cooperative game theory has been very helpful for my career. Shapley values are a fundamental concept in Explainable AI, and at Google they are currently the primary mechanism for attributing the impact of each input on a model’s final prediction. This is incredibly useful for detecting bias in data, promoting fair and responsible AI, debugging large systems, and helping production models adapt to an ever-changing environment.

What was your favorite course in economics?

Applied Econometrics

What advice would you give to current students about careers in economics?  Learn how to wrangle large amounts of data. The ability to efficiently conduct quantitative analysis is incredibly valuable in any field. 

Najae Moore

BBA Economics & Finance ’21
Associate Analyst | Fitch Ratings

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Tell us about your current position.

I am currently an Associate Analyst at Fitch Ratings. I serve as a credit analyst on the Real Estate and Leisure team, specifically covering Homebuilding and Building Products companies. 

How did you become interested in economics?

My interest in economics stemmed from my interest in politics. Once I was old enough to understand the connection between the two, as well as the connection between economics and everything else in the world, I was fascinated with the field. 

What was one aspect of Georgia Southern that helped you find your career interest or has been important to your career? 

My extracurricular activities from college have played a vital role in my journey to find and establish a career. I think taking the time outside of classes to voluntarily immerse myself in related organizations gave me additional exposure to economics and finance that went beyond the classroom. Also, my extracurricular activities were a huge talking point in my interviews post-college.  

What was your favorite course in economics?  

My favorite course in economics was Applied Econometrics taught by Dr. Jeff Schiman. I think it was one of the first courses where I was immensely challenged and interested. While the course was by far one of my most challenging, it was one where I could easily see where the real-world, post-college value lied.  

What advice would you give to current students about careers in economics?   I would advise current students to understand and take advantage of the fact that an economics degree is highly applicable and can be useful in many different career paths, so don’t limit yourself! 

Keith Stille

BBA Economics ’19
Area Manager | Amazon

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Tell us about your current position.

My current position is a L5 Area Manager at Amazon. I actively monitor and allocate resource and inventory flows in my Fulfillment Center. I use my understanding of data on a day-to-day basis to ensure operations are balanced between several inbound departments. 

How did you become interested in economics?

I started out as an Accounting major. Once I graduated with my associates, my hunger for greater, more diverse knowledge combined with encouragement from my professors and family peaked my interest in Economics. My journey to be an Econ Major started when I used to watch Milton Friedman’s lectures on YouTube to gain insight into some economic theory and principles. 

What was one aspect of Georgia Southern that helped you find your career interest or has been important to your career? 

The excellent professors who guided me along my journey. They really pushed me to obtain greater understanding and never faltered on lending a hand. Every professor gave me inspiration in their own way to pursue economics from a standpoint that would benefit my interests and goals.  

What was your favorite course in economics?  

Econometrics. I took it twice. The course gave me the opportunity to learn data analysis and demonstrate my independent research utilizing regression models. It gave me insight into understanding data and seeing a “big picture” while formulating questions on the “why?” and “how?” of economic actions/decisions made over time. I learned to deep dive and become proficient with data-analysis software.  

What advice would you give to current students about careers in economics?   Economics as a major has the advantage of being applicable anywhere. Pursue knowledge on economic topics that pertain to your career choice and continuously learn about them. Economics is a constant ebb and flow and is always changing, so explore those endless possibilities. Just a little research can spark a lifetime career. 

Last updated: 6/13/2022