Fletcher Mangum


Fletcher Mangum

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Founder & ceo

Fletcher is the founder and CEO of Mangum Economics and is based in Richmond. He serves on the Governor’s and General Assembly’s Joint Advisory Board of Economists having been appointed by Virginia Governors Bob McDonnell (2010) and Terry McAuliffe (2014).  He is also a past president of the Virginia Association of Economists and serves on the board of the Virginia Council for Economic Education.

He has nearly three decades of experience in quantitative analysis and policy development at both the federal and state level. Immediately prior to founding Mangum Economics in 2003, he served as Associate Director and Chief Economist for the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia, where he oversaw the Council’s recommendations for Virginia’s $5 billion biennial higher education budget, was responsible for developing Virginia’s long-range plan for higher education, and worked closely with the business community to improve the nexus between higher education and business.

In addition, he has been involved in quantitative analysis and policy development in many other key areas. As Senior Economic Analyst for the Virginia Department of Planning and Budget, he played a major role in developing the program Virginia uses to assess the likely economic impact of proposed regulations. Prior to that as Senior Economist for the Federal Judicial Center, the federal courts’ research agency, he assisted in developing the first long-range plan for the federal courts and modeled likely consequences of proposed changes to the courts, federal rules of procedure, and bankruptcy proceedings.

Fletcher earned his Ph.D. in economics from George Mason University in 1995. Connect with him on LinkedIn.


David Zorn

David Zorn



David is a Consultant with Mangum Economics and an adjunct professor at the Scalia Law School at George Mason University. He is based in Northern Virginia. Previously, David was an economist at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. For over 20 years at FDA, he worked on issues of food safety, nutrition, bioterror vulnerability, drug importation, tobacco marketing and quantitative risk assessment. He finished his time at FDA as the Director of Social Sciences. In that role, he led and oversaw research on consumer responses to labeling and public health messaging and on the economic effects of FDA policies. He has published several papers on subjects including food safety and nutrition, quantitative risk assessment and data quality.

As a consultant, David works for corporations, trade associations and non-profit organizations on issues such as benefit-cost analysis, data quality, international regulatory cooperation, state and local economic development, public administration, and regulatory policy. His current research interests include the cumulative burden of regulations and rural economic development.

He earned a Ph.D. in economics from George Mason University. Connect with him on LinkedIn and follow him on Twitter.


Martina Arel

Martina Arel


Researcher and

Economic Development Specialist

Martina is a Researcher and Economic Development Specialist with Mangum Economics and is based in Richmond. In prior work as an independent consultant, she has been involved in a variety of economic development consulting projects for communities and non-profit organizations. She has performed SWOT analyses, compiled regional asset maps, and developed comprehensive community assessments and comparative analyses for strategic economic development plans, as well as produced industry analyses and corporate briefs for business retention and growth programs.

Martina previously was also a Project Research Specialist with the Virginia Economic Development Partnership. In that role, she prepared customized marketing proposals for high-profile corporate recruitment projects, quantified incentive packages and programs for clients, and organized and coordinated projects with the state and local government and business communities.

Martina is fluent in German and English, and conversational in French. She holds an M.B.A. from Virginia Commonwealth University. Connect with her on LinkedIn.


Melissa Mangum

Melissa Mangum


research associate

Melissa Mangum is a Research Associate with Mangum Economics. Currently based in London, she specializes in European economic development and her interests include international economics as well as marketing and public relations. Melissa is fluent in English and French. She holds a B.A. in Economics and International Relations with a concentration in European politics from Connecticut College.