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Shelley Lapkoff earned her Ph.D. in Demography and her M.A. in Economics from the University of California at Berkeley, and has taught Applied Demography in U.C. Berkeley’s Demography Department. She began consulting while a graduate student. In 1989, she started Lapkoff Demographic Research, providing consulting services to Kaiser Permanente and several San Francisco Bay Area school districts. Since then, she has provided her research services to school districts throughout California and given expert testimony in several court cases. Dr. Lapkoff is recognized as a national leader in the field of school district demography, and has served as chair of the Applied Demography Committee of the Population Association of America. Click here for vita and bibliography.
Jeanne Gobalet earned four degrees from Stanford University, including an M.A. in Education and a Ph.D. in Sociology (with a Demography specialization). She was a postdoctoral fellow and visiting scholar at the University of California, Berkeley, Demography Department, where she and Dr. Lapkoff originally met. She has been an educator and researcher for more than 20 years, having taught social sciences and engaged in institutional research for the San Jose/Evergreen Community College District before beginning to work with Dr.Lapkoff. Dr. Gobalet is a pioneer and expert in the use of GIS analysis and mapping, as well as various aspects of school demography. She has written articles and a book and has made many public presentations. She has testified as an expert and provided litigation support in cases involving school districts and other clients. Her expertise in spatial analysis and geographic information system software are put to expert use at Lapkoff & Gobalet. Click here for vita and bibliography.
Dr. Shelley Lapkoff and Dr. Jeanne Gobalet began their collaboration in 1990 with a series of political redistricting projects for more than a dozen jurisdictions. In 1992, Dr. Gobalet joined Dr. Lapkoff as a principal of the firm, which became Lapkoff & Gobalet Demographic Research, Inc. The firm continued to focus on redistricting while expanding its range of projects for an increasing number of other clients.

Both Drs. Lapkoff and Gobalet are active in the Population Association of America, the academic and applied demographers’ professional association. They are writing a book, Forecasting School Enrollments: Demographic Tools to Help Schools Prepare for Change, which is intended for both demographers and school administrators. It explains forecasting techniques and other demographic methods for school administrators.


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