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Former Director, CED
Jeremy died in September, 2022. We will miss more than words can express the wickedly funny, kind, smart, thoughtful and ebullient former director who was friend to all he met. Please feel free to share your favourite stories with or about Jeremy on his memorial page.
Jeremy's years of community economic development experience throughout North America and internationally included work in non-profit lending to historically marginalized entrepreneurs, community economic development planning with rural and urban communities, and extensive small business technical assistance and consulting. Jeremy was a leader in economic resilience and worked on various disaster recoveries including Hurricane Katrina, the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, the economic recovery of Lower Manhattan after 9/11, and the 2013 Colorado floods.
Additionally, Jeremy was a senior financial analyst at Seedco Financial, where he co-managed a $20-million grant and loan program following Hurricane Katrina and developed the Southeast Louisiana Fisheries Assistance Center, a first-of-its-kind initiative that provided ongoing financial and technical assistance to commercial fishers. He was also a Peace Corps volunteer, where he served with the National Chamber of Commerce in Mongolia, and a former economic development program manager for Ecotrust Canada, where he provided business planning services to First Nations and sustainable fisheries businesses.
Jeremy received his MPA in international economic development from New York University, and his BA in anthropology from Reed College where he studied the effect of 'cargo cults' on economic development in the South Pacific. He completed his PhD in Community and Regional Planning at the University of British Columbia in June 2022 where his research focused on analyzing retail and housing gentrification after disasters.
Jeremy was the former Director of this program, co-instructor for our Economics of Well-Being and Emerging Economic Theories & Practices, and a lead instructor for the LEAP! accelerator program. Jeremy also held adjunct/sessional appointments at Tulane University in New Orleans and the University of British Columbia where he teaches courses in economic resilience and urban social justice.