Michael Walden, Ph.D., is a William Neal Reynolds Distinguished Professor Emeritus at North Carolina State University and President of Walden Economic Consulting, LLC. During his 43 years on the faculty at NC State, Walden became recognized as an expert on the state economy and public policy. He is the author of twelve books and over 300 articles and reports, and he has made 3000 personal appearances. Walden is also a frequent contributor to the national and state media, and continues to write a biweekly newspaper column. He has won numerous awards, including two Champion-Tuck Awards for Excellence in Broadcasting, the UNC Board of Governors Award for Excellence in Public Service, the Holladay Medal for Excellence from North Carolina State University, and the Order of the Long Leaf Pine. His newest books are Real Solutions and Disunionia: A Political Thriller. His upcoming book, Re-Launch: How Families Can Be Renewed and the American Dream Revived in the New Independent Lifestyle of the Post-Pandemic Economy will be published in February 2022. Walden is a member of the North Carolina Economic Development Association, and he resides in Raleigh with his wife, Mary.