Spencer Cohen is principal and founder of High Peak Strategy LLC, an international trade and economics research consulting firm based in Seattle, Washington. He consults and writes extensively on international trade, China’s economy, industry clusters, and regional economic analysis. Dr. Cohen works with a wide range of clients and stakeholders across the United States, including port terminal operators, industry associations, law firms, local governments, and business chambers. He has 13 years of’ experience in consulting, policy, and economic research. Prior to forming High Peak Strategy LLC, he served as senior economist with a Seattle-based economics consulting firm, where he led and supervised industry cluster studies, regional economic analysis, and international trade policy research. He has also held policy and research roles with the State of Washington.
Dr. Cohen has a Ph.D. in economic geography from the University of Washington. His dissertation examined China’s economic growth model through the lens of land use rights, local government finance, and local state enterprise debt restructuring. He holds an M.A. in China studies, also from the University of Washington, and B.A. in mathematics and history (double major) from the University of Connecticut.
Dr. Cohen is a frequent public speaker on issues relating to U.S.-China relations, regional economic recovery, and international trade. He has written opinion pieces in the South China Morning Post, The Daily Guardian (India), Puget Sound Business Journal, and Seattle Business Magazine.
He is a member of the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations, 2020-2021 Seattle World Affairs Council fellow, and senior fellow with Infinite Sum Modelling, an economics modeling and research firm whose clients include the World Bank, Asia Development Bank, and various national governments. Beginning in the fall of 2021, he will also be an affiliate professor in the Department of Geography at the University of Washington.