Jennifer Gerend, Ph.D., AICP was a member of the faculty at The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington from 2008-2016. Her teaching focuses on land use planning, urban history, downtown revitalization, economic development, retail development regulation and community development. She has worked as a city planner in Edmonds, WA and Brooklyn, NY, as well as in Trier, Germany. She also spent one year on the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation’s German Chancellor Fellowship in Berlin, Germany, where she researched economic and community development and published several articles on her findings. Jennifer holds a BA in Government and German from Smith College, a Master in Urban Planning from New York University, and a Ph.D. in Geography from The University of Wuerzburg, Germany. Her dissertation addressed retail development regulation in the U.S. and Germany; it has been published through the University of Wuerzburg Library (see link on publications page). Her recent research agenda has included a study of land use planning policies and municipal staff activities around retail development in Washington State. While on a research sabbatical in the fall of 2014, she explored city management and city marketing policies in Germany related to e-commerce and traditional retail. She is currently doing post doctoral Research at the University of Trier, Germany.