Andrew Woods

Director, Center for Business and Economic Research
Expertise: Economic analysis, Public finance, Public policy, Financial management, Public affairs


Andrew Woods is the director of UNLV’s Center for Business and Economic Research (CBER). He brings over 15 years of public policy experience, most notably as a business and public affairs professional. Some of his research interests include strengthening research in education, transportation, workforce development, economic diversification, and other policy areas important to business and government.

Via a wide array of leadership positions in the public and private sectors, Woods has expertise in applying data and research to strengthen organizations and communities. Prior to joining UNLV in June 2021, he served as CEO of Woods Strategies, an economic analysis, financial management, and public affairs consulting firm. Projects included a research initiative detailing the importance of medical research to the well-being and growth of Nevada.

As director of CBER, Woods plans to increase the center's reach and reinforce its role as a trusted resource for business and economic information for the public. The center will continue to provide expertise on current and ongoing topics that are important to businesses and the community and will increase its output of high-quality academic research.

Woods is a regular contributor to media outlets, including Nevada Public Radio and a guest columnist for the Las Vegas Sun and The Nevada Independent.


  • M.A., Public Policy, The University of Chicago
  • B.A., Political Science and Economics, American University

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Andrew Woods In The News

Voice of America
The Super Bowl, the most anticipated sporting event in the United States, is held in Las Vegas. But how many millions is the Super Bowl expected to generate for the city of the game? And what other impacts can it have?
When the deadly coronavirus became a global pandemic in March 2020, indoor public spaces were shuttered and stay-at-home orders were issued to ensure health and safety. In a flash, Nevada saw its leisure and hospitality lifeblood quickly cut off.
Las Vegas Weekly
Las Vegas is doubling down on its new identity as “the Sports and Entertainment Capital of the World,” with emphasis on sports. In the last decade, Las Vegas has welcomed three major league and six minor league sports franchises. In less than eight years, we’ve added T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas Ballpark, Allegiant Stadium and the Dollar Loan Center, with a Major League Baseball stadium on the way. And on the heels of hosting one of the most high-profile racing events in the world, Las Vegas is hosting Super Bowl 58 at Allegiant Stadium on February 11.
Much of the unhappiness in Nevada, as in the rest of the country, centers on high costs for everyday items along with housing.

Articles Featuring Andrew Woods

a UNLV football helmet placed on the turf with an Allegiant Stadium sign and empty bleachers visible in the background
Campus News | January 31, 2024

As the nation's most-watched sports entertainment event rolls into town, UNLV researchers are available to provide expertise.

The Las Vegas skyline (Josh Hawkins, UNLV).
Campus News | December 4, 2023

A collection of news stories highlighting UNLV’s dedication to community and research.

Graduation surprise
Campus News | August 1, 2023

News stories from the summer featuring UNLV students and faculty.