Ms. Nisa Miranda has held the position of Director of The University of Alabama Center for Economic Development (UACED) since 1995. UACED is the focal point to leverage University resources and partners with a specific focus on the community development process and capacity building at the local level. The focus and mission of the Center’s work is critical to improve sustainable economic growth in Alabama’s communities. As Director, Miranda assists the Center in administering technical assistance in economic development by developing and structuring programs that build local capacity; increase the elected and civic leadership base; increase tourism/recreation and entertainment; and provide a well-educated and prepared workforce. UACED’s work addresses all aspects of community preparedness to allow communities, organizations, and private firms to compete in today’s global economy. Prior to this appointment, Miranda served for ten years as the Director of the William R. Bennett Alabama International Trade Center, a premier research and trade development program in the State. Ms. Miranda has successfully developed nationally recognized demonstration projects at the Center for such agencies as the U.S. Small Business Administration, the Tennessee Valley Authority and several foreign organizations. She is a founding member of two non-profits that support economic development in rural areas, and is on the Board of many other state and national organizations. A native of Brazil, Ms. Miranda holds an M.B.A. from The University of Alabama.