Check out our Team!


Dr. Wallace Walrod

Dr. Walrod is Chief Economic Advisor at Orange County Business Council. Dr. Walrod has led strategic projects with organizations including Toshiba America Information Systems, Hitachi Chemical, Merrill Lynch, The Irvine Company, First American Corporation, JP Morgan Chase, Citizens Business Bank, Bank of America, Los Angeles Business Council, the California Emerging Technology Fund, Wexford Capital, Next 10, Orange County Community Foundation, California Center for Regional Leadership, Pacificare Health Systems, Pacific Life Foundation, the James Irvine Foundation, Deloitte & Touche, the Inland Empire Economic Partnership, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation, Orange County Transportation Authority, Municipal Water District of Orange County, Viewpoint Learning, and Pacific Gas & Electric.


Dr. Walrod is also the Founding President of the Center for a New California, which plays a key role in shaping the state's economic future by leading a targeted countywide effort to design, plan, and fund an integrated, cost effective state-of-the-art infrastructure system. His work includes designing innovative program, strategy, and policy solutions for private industry, government, and private foundations, including the Orange County Community Indicators, Workforce Housing Scorecard, Workforce Housing Toolkit, Public Officials 101, and Workforce Assessment projects.

Additionally, he is a lead economic advisor to the Southern California Association of Governments economic strategy initiative and directs research and policy for Fueling California, a coalition of major California fuel consumers.


Dr. Walrod graduated with a Ph.D. in Regional Economics from UC Irvine.  His dissertation studied successful strategic management practices in high-tech firms, including advanced electronics and biotechnology.  He has published three papers co-authored with Luis Suarez-Villa in Disasters, Journal of International Biotechnology, and Urban Studies, the latter winning the 1997 Donald Robertson Memorial Prize.  He is quoted frequently in the Los Angeles Times, Orange County Register, Wall Street Journal, The Economist, Entrepreneur, PBS, NPR and other media on economic and business matters.



Julie Lacroix



With a decade-long business background in sales and trading for Merrill Lynch and Bloomberg, Julie launched a recruiting firm to expand the emerging niche of electronic trading.  After several years of success, she discovered that her own sense of purpose was firmly grounded in helping people find the type of work they were really meant to do.


Julie holds B.A. in Psychology from UC Irvine and earned an M.A. Ed in Educational Clinical Counseling from Azusa Pacific University and contributes a unique understanding of real-world business experience, a career development framework and the clinical skills needed to help people get from “here to there.”


Julie has a thriving practice in Newport Beach, CA  which serves young adults and as well as the variety of needs for established professionals. This includes students who are looking to enter college, college grads looking to enter the job market, and adults of all ages looking for help with how they got “stuck” in their careers.  Maybe it’s the wrong job, maybe it’s the wrong field altogether.  Or maybe you just don’t know what else is out there.  Her practice is designed to help you, wherever you are in your career journey.

Petersen Walrod


A graduate of the University of Southern California with a degree in IRGB (International Relations Global Business, a joint program between the Marshall (Business) School and School of International Relations). This program exposed him to international students, culture and knowledge in multifaceted ways including a broad understanding of the international perspective on American culture as well as deep analysis into particular countries’ cultures, politics and economics. The Marshall school of business intensively developed career navigation skills like networking, critical thinking and leadership. His experiences as a top-caliber international relations student, a debater and as a member of the Marshall School of Business give him a unique perspective on the complex trianguler interaction between international students, American culture and the world of work. He is also the principle source of insight on how Millennials and Gen Z tick.


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