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Jessa Sherrill is a Research Assistant for EDA’s University Center for Regional and Economic Innovation (REI). She is a graduate student currently enrolled in the Master of Urban and Regional Planning (MURP) 4+1-degree program. Before graduating with her bachelor's degree, Jessa enrolled in her capstone course and worked directly with the Wayne County Land Bank to evaluate their program success while developing recommendations for the Land Bank. After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning and a minor in Law, Justice, and Public Policy in May of 2022, she will work this year to finish her master’s program in May of 2023. Additionally, in May of 2022, Jessa chose to study abroad around Europe, focusing on urban redevelopment and equitable housing. She has just started her position as a research assistant for the REI team this fall (2022). Jessa is interested in sustainability and environmental justice, as well as how circular economies promote community development that is resilient and equitable. Jessa is also a member of the Urban and Regional Planning Student Association at MSU. 

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