Meet the Demographers

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 services for a growing variety of other clients.

Both Drs. Lapkoff and Gobalet have been active in the Population Association of America, the professional demographers’ 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.

Shelley Lapkoff

Shelley Lapkoff

Shelley 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 the university’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 research services to school districts throughout California (and elsewhere) and given expert testimony in several court cases.  Dr. Lapkoff is recognized as a national leader in the field of school district demography, and served as chair of the Applied Demography Committee of the Population Association of America. Click here for vita and bibliography.

Jeanne Gobalet

Jeanne Gobalet

Jeanne Gobalet earned four degrees from Stanford University, including an M.A. in Education and a Ph.D. in Sociology (Demography specialization).  She met Dr. Lapkoff during her year as a postdoctoral fellow and visiting scholar in the Demography Department of the University of California, Berkeley. She is a pioneer and expert in the use of GIS analysis and mapping, as well as in various aspects of demographic analysis.  She has published scholarly papers and a book, and has made many public presentations.  She has testified as an expert witness and provided litigation support in cases involving a variety of types of clients.  Her expertise in spatial analysis and GIS software are put to expert use at Lapkoff & Gobalet.  Click here for vita and bibliography.