Alisa Pyszka is the president of Bridge Economic Development, a Portland, Ore.-based consulting firm that works with cities, counties and regional organizations to deliver economic development strategies and action plans. She has over 20 years of experience in urban planning, real estate and economic development. As a manager of the economic development department for the city of Vancouver, Wash., she worked across multiple agencies to implement programs and projects to encourage private investment and grow the city's economic base.
In addition to her consulting practice, she is an adjunct professor in the College of Urban and Public Affairs at Portland State University. She holds a bachelor's degree from Miami University at Oxford, Ohio, and a master's degree in urban planning from the University of Kansas.