Crystal Wilson is a Government and Public Policy Educator for the Community, Food & Environment Institute at Michigan State University Extension (MSUE). She is an alumnus of Michigan State University and the University of Michigan Urban Planning Programs. Crystal’s focus is on developing capacity for communities to position themselves for success in a 21st Century Michigan through educational programs and partnerships between MSUE, county and local governments, and community leaders in Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties in the areas of land use planning, zoning, strategic planning, placemaking, historic preservation, and fiscal sustainability. The geographic area of focus is primarily Southeast Michigan with an emphasis on improving the prosperity, sustainability, and resiliency of Michigan’s distressed communities. Statewide education duties include curriculum development and teaching Planning and Zoning Classes, New County Commissioners Workshops, New Economy and Placemaking Classes, and Fiscal Sustainability Classes. Crystal is an instructor with the MSU National Charrette Institute. Her area of expertise is urban policy analysis, economic development, and urban design due to 17 years of experience as a city planner researcher, project manager, and architecture historian for the City of Detroit, as well as leading local and national research projects.