Damon Dunn

Damon Dunn


Business and Economics

Damon Dunn is a fellow in Business and Economics at the Pacific Research Institute. He writes the monthly “Free Markets 101” column for PRI’s “Right by the Bay” blog.

In September 2019, he authored a PRI issue brief responding to the growing appeal of socialism in the United States, “My Rise from Poverty and Why Socialism Doesn’t Work.”

Dunn is a successful real estate developer, investor and businessman, former collegiate and pro football player, and was a Hoover Institution fellow from 2011-13.

He is the Founder and Managing Member of Lagunita Industries, LLC. Lagunita Industries is a company that acquires and grows privately-held businesses with annual cash flows between $2 million and $5 million. The Company has been capitalized by a Los Angeles-based family office with a significant base of permanent capital and a very long-term investment horizon.

Prior to its founding, he was President and a principal owner of The Tricor Companies, a real estate investment firm that invested and developed retail projects nationwide. Under his leadership, The Tricor Companies completed 28 retail projects in excess of $160 million of aggregate value.

Dunn is a graduate of Stanford University with a B.A. in Public Policy.