Jennifer Bruen is the EDA MSU University Center Regional Economic Innovation Center Project Coordinator. Over the past five years she's managed grant-funded community and economic development projects for universities, regional planning organizations and communities across the state of Michigan. As a member of the Michigan Association of Planning's (MAP) Government Relations Committee from 2007-2010 she gained valuable experience in researching and developing Michigan regional planning and economic development tools and policies. Bruen has eight years in retail and in service related business management. She is a member of the Zoning Board of Appeals in her own community and regularly volunteers for her Downtown Development Authority. She earned a BA in Anthropology at Indiana University and an MS in GIS and Urban and Regional Planning. She also holds a Graduate Certificate in Historic Preservation.