Wendell Cox is an international public policy expert and principal of Demographia, an international consulting public policy firm located in the St. Louis metropolitan area. L.A. Mayor Tom Bradley appointed him to three terms on the L.A. County Transportation Commission and Speaker of the House of Representatives Newt Gingrich appointed him to the Amtrak Reform Council. He has a BA in Government from California State University and an MBA from Pepperdine University, L.A. He co-authored the Annual Demographia International Housing Affordability Survey and is also the author of the US based Demographia Residential Land & Regulation Cost Index and Demographia World Urban Areas and Population Projections, the only source in the world for urban areas with 500,000+ population. He is a fellow of numerous conservative think tanks and a frequent op-ed commenter in conservative US and UK newspapers as well as a visiting professor at the Conservatoire National des Arts et Metiers in Paris.