Jennifer Bruen coordinates the MSU EDA University Center for Regional Economic Innovation (REI). In the past five years she has managed several grant-funded community and economic development projects for universities, regional planning organizations and for communities across the state of Michigan. As a member of the Michigan Association of Planning's (MAP) Government Relations Committee during 2007-2010 she gained valuable experience in researching and developing Michigan's regional planning and economic development tools, models and policies. She has eight years in business management and enjoys working with entrepreneurs and inventors. She earned a BA in Cultural Anthropology at Indiana University and has both a MS in GIS and Urban and Regional Planning and a graduate certificate in Historic Preservation from Eastern Michigan University.