URP Alumni Spotlight: Brian McGrain

Alumnus Brian McGrain discusses aspects of his career after graduating from MSU with a degree in Urban & Regional Planning.

Brian McGrain

Where did your MSU Urban & Regional Planning degree take you?

I am currently in my fourth year serving as the City of Lansing’s director of economic development and planning. 

I took a circuitous path from my undergraduate graduation. I spent time in community development, academic research, political leadership development, and elected office, before combining many of those experiences back into a position that I feel like I had seen myself being in since my graduation from MSU’s Urban & Regional Planning program.

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