Senior Vice President for Research and Technical Assistance, Center for Regional Economic Competitiveness (CREC)
Martin (Marty) Romitti serves as Senior Fellow at the Center for Regional Economic Competitiveness (CREC). Romitti has 20 years of professional experience helping federal, state, regional and local organizations and leaders to research, formulate, and execute on strategies that promote effective public policy, job creation and long-term economic sustainability. As a recognized leader on complex projects, training, and facilitation for innovative research design, he has led dozens of studies, technical assistance efforts and earned multiple national awards for excellence. Among his focus areas, Romitti conducts program evaluations on national, state, regional and local efforts to spur economic and job growth including the use of both quantitative and qualitative approaches to measure outcomes and determine effective levers for future action.
Before joining CREC, Romitti served as the Director of Economic and Public Policy Research at the University of Massachusetts Donahue Institute, a unit of the UMass President’s Office, where he provided New England public, private, and non-profit leaders with analyses of trends, economic impacts, targeted industries, labor market issues, economic development efforts, and policy initiatives.
Prior to his time at UMass, Romitti worked extensively in the legislative and executive branches of state government, including founding and directing the Missouri Economic Research and Information Center for 12 years. At MERIC, he led a 40-person organization providing research and producing studies on the Missouri economy. That research included economic condition reports, economic impact assessments, and Labor Market Information produced in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Labor.
Romitti chaired the national Labor Market Information Training Institute from 2008 to 2012 and served on the Board of Directors for the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER). He also served as an Adjunct Professor at Columbia College in Columbia, MO, teaching a master’s level course on Research Design in both the classroom and on-line settings.
Romitti holds a Doctor of Philosophy in Political Science with emphases on public policy analysis and political economy from the University of Missouri, a Master in Public Administration from the University of Idaho, and a bachelor’s degree in Government from Truman State University in Kirksville, MO.