017- Economic Development Secrets – Jenny Philip, Greater Houston Partnership

Jenny Philip is a Regional Economist and Director of Research at the Greater Houston Partnership. She studies Houston’s economic trends in areas such as employment, energy, real estate, and international trade. Jenny also contributes to the monthly publication of the GHP’s Economy at a Glance and the annual publications of the Houston Employment Forecast, Houston Economic Highlights and Houston Facts. Although she enjoys writing about the economy, Jenny is even fonder of speaking on business and economic issues. She has made over a hundred presentations on the Houston economy while at the Partnership and has been quoted in the Houston Chronicle, Houston Business Journal, RigZone, Business Insider and various community newspapers.

Prior to joining the Partnership, Jenny worked for the Millennium Challenge Corporation in Washington, D.C. analyzing the eligibility indicators used to disburse over $7 billion to 25 developing countries. She also worked at the U.S. Department of Labor on identifying labor rights issues surrounding the Colombia Free Trade Agreement and the African Growth and Opportunities Act.

Jenny received her Master in Public Policy from Georgetown University and her undergraduate degree in international business from the University of Texas at Austin. She serves on the board of the Collaborative for Children and is an alumna of the Center for Houston’s Leadership Forum. Jenny and her husband have been foster parents to rescue dogs through Scout’s Honor. She is a native Houstonian and has lived in the city off and on for over 20 years.