About CREC

The Center for Regional Economic Competitiveness (CREC) is an independent, not-for-profit organization founded to provide policy-makers from around the world with the information and technical assistance they need to formulate and execute innovative, regional, job-creating economic strategies.

Our staff members come from around the globe, bringing with them diverse backgrounds, and world-class skill sets.

CREC staff

Marie Xu
Research Analyst


Marie is an aspiring economist and research analyst who deploys mixed analytical methodologies to improve workforce development. Her current specialty is to leverage my experience and passion for qualitative and quantitative research to improve access to workforce development data. This allows workforce development professionals improve their organizational effectiveness which benefits more people.

Marie earned a Master of Public Policy, Public Policy Analysis from Georgetown University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from UC San Diego.

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