Hrishue Mahalaha

Chief Economic Advisor

Hrishue Mahalaha is the Chief Economic Advisor at Innovation Economy Partners. Hrishue supports an array of domestic clients and helps define, assess and deliver solutions that help improve and develop economies for communities across the nation.

Hrishue has more than 14 years of experience working with the management consulting firm Accenture.  During this time, Hrishue worked closely with a variety of domestic and international, public, private and governmental organizations.  Hrishue also has launched a variety of entrepreneurial ventures that spanned from medical devices to a restaurant.

Hrishue holds an MBA from Columbia University and a B.A. in Psychology and B.S. Business Management from Case Western Reserve University.

Hrishue lives in Cleveland with his wife and three children.


Jim Trutko

Research and Development

Jim Trutko has over 25 years of  Economic Development experience.  Jim’s specialty is in the area of economic data research & analysis, economic dashboard architecture and developing intelligent data visualizations.  Jim is a veteran and brings a vast array of cross-industry experience.

Jim holds an MA in Economics from Case Western Reserve University and an MA in Political Science from Kent State University.

Jim lives in Cleveland with his wife and two sons.