About BW Research

BW Research is a full-service applied research firm that is committed to supporting our clients with economic & workforce research, customer & community analyses, as well as strategic planning and evaluation services. Our firm is built upon three core principles.

  1. BW Research does research that builds stronger communities, supports employers, employees, and educators; and develops better tools, programs, and policies for the organizations and corporations that we serve.

  2. Through evidence and insightful analyses, BW Research's research provides the foundation for strategic planning, allocating scarce resources, and improving our client's products and services.

  3. BW Research is committed to customize research based on our client's needs, not advocating a one-size-fits-all approach to gathering and analyzing research findings.

BW Research Partnership is an S-Corporation with offices in Carlsbad, CA and Wrentham, MA.


Who We Are



Josh Williams
Josh Williams
President & Principal Researcher

Josh Williams is the founder and president of BW Research. He manages the firm's California office. Josh has worked in the applied research industry for over 20 years as an analyst, project manager, and research director, and founded BW Research in 2006. Josh remains committed to research and analyses that drives better policies and investment, improves programs and strategies, and expands economic opportunity for all. The firm was founded and remains grounded in the philosophy that robust evidence and reliable data should drive effective planning and decision making.

Josh's work at BW Research is focused on understanding and measuring how the world of work is changing and what it means for households, students, workers, and businesses. He has had numerous public speaking engagements communicating insights on recent research findings and their impact on employment, education, and the economy. His recent work has examined how employment and economic development could change as regional and statewide economies transition from the status quo to a low carbon future, how regions have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and their best opportunities for recovery and rebuilding, and how educational and employment pathways are evolving as our communities respond to automation, artificial intelligence, and the emerging technologies of our generation.

At BW Research, Josh, often combines secondary data modeling with his expertise in primary research and survey design. He received his B.A. from George Washington University in International Economics, and his M. A. from California State University, Long Beach in Economics. When he is not actively involved in research, coaching rugby, or spending time with his family, he tries to spend more time in the ocean or the mountains.


Philip Jordan
Philip Jordan
Vice President & Principal Researcher

Philip Jordan is the Vice President of BW Research and manages the firm's Massachusetts office. He has worked in research, law, and policy for nearly two decades in the private sector, government, and academia. Phil is an adept problem-solver who is intensely focused on building systems that are more equitable and effective.

Phil leads the firm's energy practice and his research is focused on the intersection of the human age and the digital, especially with regards to inclusive economic and talent development that lead to increased mobility. He is a Luma Certified Practitioner of Human Centered Design and is credited for using data and communications to create change.

Phil is a Fellow at the Ash Center for Democratic Governance at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, where he focuses his teaching and research on comparative talent and labor practices in the U.S. and Asia, and is an attorney and member of the Massachusetts Bar. He has his J.D. and Certificate in Environment and Land Law from Boston College and his B.A. in Psychology from the University of Connecticut. When not working, you can find Phil outside with his family, on the water, in the woods, or in the garden.


Veronica Williams
Veronica Williams
Chief Technology Officer

Veronica Williams is the Chief Technology Office and co-founder of BW Research. Veronica has been in technology industry for over 30 years. Veronica is responsible for BW Research's innovative technical solutions, infrastructure, and strategies. Veronica manages and produces all aspects of design deliverables - database design, UI/UX design, custom infographics, presentations, and reports.

Prior to BW Research, Veronica has worked as a consultant to develop and manage interactive web application, database applications, UI/UX designs, and online solutions. Ms. Williams' work includes technology projects for global corporations, government agencies, educational technology centers, and public and private sectors.

Veronica was elected to the Carlsbad Unified School District Board of Trustees in 2010, where she focuses to prepare students for the 21st century workplace and to become lifelong learners. She received her degree in Mathematics with an emphasis in Computer Science. Besides Veronica's passion for technology and education, she is avid sportman - enjoying the trails, spending time with her family, and supporting her boys in their sports.


Ryan Young
Ryan Young
Data Manager

Ryan Young has worked for BW Research since 2012 in both the Carlsbad and Wrentham offices. Ryan is responsible for managing primary and secondary data collection for all projects, producing employment and related estimations for various industries, and leading the firm's analysts in research activities.

In addition to his work at BW Research, Ryan is an affiliated researcher for Joint Venture Silicon Valley and sits on the Oregon State University Master of Public Policy Alumni Advisory Board. He has his M.P.P. from Oregon State University and his B.A. in Psychology from Chapman University. Outside of the office, Ryan can be found playing with his two young children at home or on the beach, spending time with his wife, playing hockey, or working on the house.


Nate Hunt
Nate Hunt
Project Manager

Nate Hunt has worked in the research industry for three years and is committed to leveraging quantitative and qualitative research to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of programs, strategies, and initiatives. He views research and data as the essential foundation for developing pragmatic solutions than can be readily applied to real world questions and challenges.

At BW Research, Nate’s work is focused on developing economic and workforce development strategies and policies to better assist the populations they serve. Many of his projects focus on fostering economic resiliency and diverse and representative workforces. Nate has a background in statistical analysis and analytics, and a Bachelor’s of Arts in Economics with a minor in Environmental Studies from the College of the Holy Cross. In his free time, Nate enjoys golfing, surfing, and hiking.


Sarah Lehmann
Sarah Lehmann
Project Manager

Sarah Lehmann is a Project Manager at BW Research, working from the firm's Carlsbad, CA office. Ms. Lehmann has been with the company since 2015. Her focus is on economic and community development research, energy and clean energy industry research, and other workforce and industry cluster analyses for local, state, and federal government agencies. Sarah’s work supports the firm’s research endeavors through research design, survey development, project and deliverable management, data processing and analysis, and report writing.

Sarah received her B.A. from Boston University in Environmental Analysis and Policy, with a minor in Sustainable Energy. At BW Research, Sarah is focused on producing the state-level Clean Energy Jobs Reports, the annual United States Energy and Employment Reports, and other various clean and advanced energy-specific workforce development research efforts. When she is not working with data, Sarah enjoys playing music locally, teaching piano at a private music studio, drawing, and gardening.


Mitch Schirch
Mitch Schirch
Senior Research Analyst

Mitch Schirch has conducted research out of the BW Research's east coast office for over 2 years. He strives to use empirical evidence to support underserved populations and fight climate change. This manifests in focused work on clean energy, workforce equity, and just transitions in the future world of work.

At BW Research, Mitch works to develop accurate economic models and new frameworks for estimating employment trends. He also supports the BW Research team through data management, analysis, and interpretations. Mitch received his bachelor’s degree in Economics with a minor in Mathematics from Providence College in Providence, RI, where he conducted an independent research project on the impacts of previously incarcerated individuals re-entering the RI housing market. Outside of work, Mitch likes to spend time hiking, camping, painting, and brewing.


Julian Ugalde
Julian Ugalde
Research Analyst

Julian Ugalde is a research analyst at BW Research's Carlsbad office.

Julian received his bachelor's degree from UC San Diego with a double major in Economics and International Business. Outside of the office, Julian enjoys playing soccer, improving his guitar skills, and talking to his family in Brazil.


Abraham Gomez
Research Analyst

Abraham Gomez is a research analyst at BW Research's Wrentham office.

Abraham received his bachelor's degree in Economics with a concentration in Finance and minor in Business Administration from Framingham State University (FSU). He is a member of the Omicron Delta Epsilon International Honor Society in the field of economics. While at FSU, Abraham received the Economic Student of the Year Award. When he is not working, Abraham can be found in a boxing gym, spending time with his family and dogs, or at a Boston Celtics game.


Nokukhanya Victoria Ncube
Research Analyst

Nokukhanya Victoria Ncube is a research analyst at BW Research's Wrentham office.

Nokukhanya Victoria received her B.A. in Economics from Wellesley College in Massachusetts where she conducted research on public health and governance. Ms. Ncube's research interests lie at the intersection of economic development and equity, striving to use research to support underrepresented communities. Outside of work, Ms. Ncube can be found working on her embroidery or writing projects.