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At the hub of the REI University Center is the Consultative Panel of statewide knowledge-based and experienced experts. The purpose of this select panel is to counsel and advise the REI University Center faculty and staff on the overall project objectives and scope of work.

Mohamed Ayoub

Mohamed Ayoub

City of Westland Planning Director

Jim Baker

Jim Baker

 Executive Director, Innovation and Industry Engagement, Michigan Technological University

Dave Bee

Dave Bee

Director, West Michigan Regional Planning Commission (WMRPC)

Robin Boyle

Robin Boyle

Professor of Urban Planning, Chair of Department of Urban Studies and Planning, Wayne State University

John Egelhaaf

John Egelhaaf

Executive Director, Southwest Michigan Planning Commission

Ann Erhardt

Ann Erhardt

CC-P and ISSP-CSP; Founder and Chief Strategist of Commons Logic, LLC

Bill Ernat

Bill Ernat

Program Manager for Economic & Community Development, EMCOG

Rita Fields

Rita Fields

Dual CEO of 313 Industries, Inc. and Copper Phoenix Consulting, LLC; Chief Talent & Strategy Officer for Lighthouse Michigan; Professor in the School of Management at the University of Michigan (Flint)

Eric Frederick

Eric Frederick

State Program Manager, Connect Michigan

Emma Gilbert

Emma Gilbert

Economic Development Planner, Tri-County Regional Planning Commission

Beth Hammond

Beth Hammond

Managing Director for the Center for Ethical and Socially Responsible Leadership at the Broad College of Business at Michigan State University

Ritchie H. Harrison

Ritchie H. Harrison

Independent Consultant, The Everyday Sacred

Charles A. Hasemann

Charles A. Hasemann

Executive Director, Michigan State University Innovation Center

Naheed Huq

Naheed Huq

Manager of Talent and Economic Development, Southeast Michigan Council of Governments (SEMCOG)

Dave Ivan

Dave Ivan

Community, Food & Environment Institute Director at MSU Extension

Erin Kuhn

Erin Kuhn

Executive Director, West Michigan Shoreline Regional Development Commission (WMSRDC)

Jonathan Leinonen

Jonathan Leinonen

Instructor and Project Advisor, School of Business and Economics, Michigan Technological University

Pablo Majano

Pablo Majano

MEDC Senior Redevelopment Ready Community (RRC) Planner

Cassi Meitl

Cassi Meitl

Senior Planner, Spalding DeDecker

Chris Miller

Chris Miller

Founding Board Member for The National Coalition for Community Capital (NC3)

Sriram Narayanan

Sriram Narayanan

Full-time Professor and the Eli Broad Endowed Professor of Supply Chain Management at the Broad College of Business, MSU, Supply Chain Management Department

Mitchell Nelson

Mitchell Nelson

Mid-Michigan Regional Director in the Office of U.S. Senator Gary Peters

Terence O'Neill

Terence O'Neill

Entrepreneurship Librarian, Michigan State University

Eric Shannon

Eric Shannon

Performance & Management Reporting Specialist, City of Grand Rapids

Amber Shinn

Amber Shinn

Program Manager, University Research Corridor

Thomas M. Smith

Thomas M. Smith

MSU Extension Specialist in Agriculture and Agribusiness

Bill Stough

Bill Stough

Independent Consultant, Bill Stough LLC

David Struck

David Struck

Lead economic development planner for (SEMCOG)

Meghan Swain

Meghan Swain

Executive Director for the Michigan Economic Developers Association

Ken Szymusiak

Ken Szymusiak

Managing Director, Burgess Institute for Entrepreneurship & Innovation (Burgess IEI)

Francisco Villarruel

Francisco Villarruel

University Outreach and Engagement Senior Fellow & Professor

Steven Weiland

Steven Weiland

Professor, MSU HALE

Arnold Weinfeld

Arnold Weinfeld

Director of Urban Policy Initiatives, Michigan State University Outreach and Engagement

Tony Willis

Tony Willis

Chief Equity Development Officer, Lansing Economic Area Partnership (LEAP)

Kara Wood

Kara Wood

Executive Director, Grand Action 2.0

Richard Wooten

Richard Wooten

District 11 Director, Michigan State University Extension