Our Staff

Our Staff

Our highly competent staff has extensive experience and training in economics, market research, survey and interview methods, and financial analysis:

Robert Niehaus, Ph.D.

Managing Director

Robert is widely recognized for his expertise in the economics of military housing, water resources, and environmental quality. He has assisted the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) and the different military services in developing and implementing the criteria, methods, and procedures used to project housing requirements and set housing allowances for military installations. He has conducted water resource and rate-setting analyses nation-wide with particular focus on California. His work in the economics of environmental quality encompasses growth impact assessment and planning; non-market valuation of view enhancement and preservation; energy and climate change; and the recreational and tourism sectors. He has forecast transportation demand for high-speed train systems, mountain-area cable projects, and auto commuter routes. He has served as principal-in-charge for facilities acquisition, weapon system deployment, privatization, base realignment and closure, water resources, energy, transportation, and other projects for all of the uniformed services; the U.S. Departments of Energy, Transportation, Commerce, and Homeland Security; the State of California; and numerous local governments and private organizations. He has successfully directed completion of hundreds of contract research efforts throughout the United States, Europe, the Pacific, and the Far East. His prior experience includes work in private consulting, the non-profit sector, and as an economist with the Federal government in Washington, D.C. His Ph.D. (U. of Maryland, 1979) is in economics and his B.A. (Oberlin College, 1972) is in government.

Jeff Vitucci, M.A.

Program Manager, Housing Analyses

Jeff has served as project manager for HMAs at more than 90 locations throughout the United States and abroad. His areas of expertise are real estate market analysis, feasibility analysis of public/private ventures for acquisition of facilities, life-cycle cost analysis, and fiscal impact analysis. He manages the firm’s programs for the U.S. Department of Defense world-wide. His M.A. (U.C. Santa Barbara, 1978) is in economics and his B.A. (San Jose State University, 1974) is in environmental studies.

Katherine Cowell, M.A.

Senior Market Analyst

Katherine has served as project manager for more than 100 HMAs world-wide. Her areas of expertise are housing market analysis, socioeconomic evaluation, demographic analysis, survey and interview research, land use planning, and assessment of environmental impacts of military, industrial, and commercial projects. She directs the firm’s efforts for the DOD HMAs and serves as technical lead for military personnel surveys and demographic studies. Her M.A. (Claremont Graduate University, 1981) is in applied social research and her B.A. (Wellesley College, 1977) is in psychology (minor in economics).

Brianna Briggs, Ph.D.

Manager, Resource & Industry Analyses

Brianna has eight years of experience in consulting and joined the firm in 2011. She is an expert at quantitative and econometric analysis of labor and housing market relationships, and has been a lead analyst on the firm’s work on the Coast Guard’s nationwide housing assessment and has assisted in preparing numerous housing market analyses for the uniformed services. Dr. Briggs also led a retrospective economic impact study on interoperability in the transportation and electronics manufacturing industries under contract with the National Institute of Standards and Technology. Dr. Briggs is the architect of RDN’s WaterEcon model – the firm’s proprietary in-house water rate and financial analysis tool. This builds on her expertise in the economics of water resource management which she has demonstrated with projects for the Fremont Valley Preservation Project, Natural Resource Defense Council, West Basin Municipal Water District, and Carpinteria Valley Water District. She has worked as a consultant in employment, transfer pricing, and valuation studies in support of complex litigation processes. Her academic research has addressed public policies related to welfare programs, job training, employee relocation, and drug enforcement. Her Ph.D. (U.C. Santa Barbara, 2008), M.A. (U.C. Davis 2002), and B.A. (C.S.U. Stanislaus, 2001, summa cum laude) are in economics. She is proficient in reading and translating French.

Daniel Brown, M.B.A.

Director, Business Development

Dan joined our firm in 2011 and is RDN’s lead for strategy, business development, proposal activities, and partnerships. His RDN experience also includes operations management, project management, and analysis for domestic and international DOD projects in the Middle East and Africa. During his nine years of active duty as an Officer in the U.S. Marine Corps, he served as an AH-1W Super Cobra helicopter pilot and operations officer, Marine Expeditionary Unit Air Officer, and Force Reconnaissance Forward Air Controller. He deployed twice to Iraq and a third time to various countries in Southeast Asia, the Middle East, and the Horn of Africa, earning numerous individual awards for exemplary performance. He received his M.B.A. with high honors from the UCLA Anderson School of Management (2016) along with a certificate in entrepreneurship. His B.A. (Dartmouth College, 2003) is in economics.


Ian Monsma, B.A.

Program Manager, Basic Allowance for Housing Data Collection

Ian manages RDN’s data collection and analysis services for the U.S. Department of Defense’s Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) program. Since joining the firm in 2009, his work has primarily focused on advising the armed forces as to their foreign and domestic housing needs through a combination of economic modeling, survey design/research, and geospatial analysis. Ian also supports RDN’s business development and corporate strategy initiatives. His B.A. (Pomona College, 2009) is in Economics.

Ichiko Kido, M.B.A.

Market Analyst

Ichiko has managed or conducted more than 45 comparative water rate analyses, compiling and analyzing primary- and secondary-source data on water rates and purveyor financial account information for more than 200 water agencies throughout California. She has extensive experience in water agency financial analysis, applied economic research, and local-area data collection. She has prepared housing market analyses for military installations throughout the United States and in Japan. She has wide-ranging experience in survey research and program evaluation. Currently, she manages the Army Housing Training program for the U.S. Army. She is bilingual, fluent in English and Japanese. Her M.B.A. is from the Martin V. Smith School of Business & Economics (CSU Channel Islands) and her B.A. (Fukuoka University, Japan) is in law and education.

Cindy Gau, M.S.

Market Analyst

Cindy has conducted comparative water rate analyses, compiled and analyzed primary- and secondary-source data on water rates and financial information for more than two hundred purveyors throughout California. She has also analyzed data on military personnel surveys, and prepared over a hundred housing market analyses for military installations throughout the United States. Her related experience includes website maintenance, database management, and software development. She is trilingual, fluent in English, Mandarin, and Taiwanese. Her M.S. (U. of Minnesota, 1989) is in computer science and her B.S. (National Taiwan University, 1984) is in horticulture.

Miki Hashimoto, B.A.

Market Analyst

Miki has collected housing market data, analyzed extensive military personnel survey databases, prepared economic and demographic projections for housing requirements analyses, and prepared local area maps for domestic and international military installations. Her onsite project experience includes over thirty HMAs for Army, Marine Corps, Navy, and Coast Guard installations domestically and in South Korea.  She provides support for business development, proposal preparation, contract administration, and GIS analysis. She is bilingual, fluent in English and Japanese. Her B.A. (Claremont McKenna College, 2007) is in International relations, Asian studies, and Asian American studies, and she has lived and studied in Japan for more than three years.

Elliott Deal, M.S.

Database Manager

Elliott has collected and managed military housing market data for the Armed Forces. He maintains RDN’s housing databases and provides related technical support. His B.A. in Economics and Environmental Studies is from U.C. Santa Barbara. He is pursuing an M.Sc. in Economics and Business Administration at the Norwegian School of Economics, where he focuses on environmental economics and natural resource management. He has experience in econometrics and decision modeling.

Jessica Solis, B.A.

Office Administrator

Jessica has collected and analyzed rental housing market data and military personnel survey data for Army, Marine Corps, and Navy installations around the U.S. and Spain. Her experience includes telephone interviewing, internet data searches, data entry, quality assurance reviews, and project data file maintenance across a broad spectrum of company projects. She is responsible for monthly billing and invoicing in addition to contract administration. She is bilingual, fluent in English and Spanish. Jessica received her B.A. from California State University, Channel Islands.

Debbie Castanha, B.S.

Market Analyst

Debbie has compiled and analyzed economic and housing market data and prepared housing market assessments for Army, Marine Corps, and Navy installations in the U.S. She has performed telephone interviews and data entry for market assessments, conducted interviews with water purveyors, as well as provided research and analysis of utilities consumption. Debbie  received her B.S. from California Polytechnic State University, S.L.O. in Business.

Giovanna Anghera-Munoz, B.A.Giovanna 11.13.13 website

Market Analyst

Giovanna has compiled and analyzed economic and housing market data and prepared housing market assessments for Army, Marine Corps, and Navy installations in the U.S. She has performed telephone interviews and data entry for market assessments, and conducted interviews with water purveyors. She is fluent in English, Italian and Spanish with basic French language capabilities.  Giovanna received her B.A. in Italian and Spanish / Latin-American Literature (UC Santa Barbara, 1992).

Erin Siple, B.A.Erin-NEW

Market Researcher

Erin has collected and analyzed economic and housing market data for Army, Marine Corps, Navy, and Coast Guard installations in the U.S, Germany, and Italy. She has performed telephone interviews, internet research, and data entry for market assessments, in addition to conducting on-site data collection for selected DOD installations. She serves as a Team Lead for one of the company’s regional data collection contracts. Erin received her B.A. in Government and Asian Studies from University of Texas, Austin in 2015. .