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

Valrie Eisele
Program Manager


Valrie Eisele joined the CREC as a Program Manager for Research Products in January 2022. Prior to joining the CREC, she worked with the Center for Regional Analysis to research the resiliency of Nonprofit Critical Service Providers in Loudoun County. Specific areas of interest include improved sustainability of and access to regional educational and economic development programs.

Before transitioning to the world of data analysis, Ms. Eisele accrued 15 years’ experience in project design, organizational change management, and policy communications, in K-12 education in the United States and East Africa, specifically for displaced students and their families. She brings with her significant skills in formative and summative program assessment, instructional design, data analysis and data-based decision-making.

She has a Master of Public Administration with an emphasis in State and Local Government from George Mason University, Post-secondary Licensure from Arizona State University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Social Science from Humboldt State University.

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