EDC Staff

Emily Brown, Course Director
Emily is an economic development professional with over 10 years of experience. Currently, she is the Director of Economic Strategy at Fourth Economy Consulting in Pittsburgh, helping communities create implementable strategic plans. Previously, Brown held positions working with student entrepreneurs in Georgia, assisting with student housing projects in West Virginia, and as the Director of Applied Research at the International Economic Development Council in Washington D.C. She was a 2015 recipient of the Development Counsellors International (DCI) 40 under 40 awards. Brown in a graduate of Allegheny College, she also holds a master's degree in city and regional planning from the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta. 

Nicole Sturges, Course Administrator
Nicole manages the day-to-day operations of the Economic Development Course.  She has been with Penn State University for 12 years.  Prior to that, Ms. Sturges was a Research Assistant for the Capital Region Economic Development Corporation.  In addition to her role with the course, Ms. Sturges also serves as Assistant Director of the Center for Survey Research at Penn State Harrisburg. She holds a bachelor's degree from Clarion University of Pennsylvania, and is also a graduate of the Economic Development Course in Pennsylvania.