Anna Nagorniuk first joined the CECE team as a Graduate Assistant in 2019 and became a Research Assistant shortly after graduating with her Master’s in Urban and Regional Planning (MURP) from Virginia Tech in May of 2021. In 2022, she was promoted to Economic Development Specialist. She also completed her undergraduate degree in Public and Urban Affairs at Virginia Tech in 2019. Anna initially engaged with CECE as part of the MURP Economic Development Studio where she worked with other graduate students on 2 projects: a redevelopment proposal for the City of Galax, VA in 2018, and the creation of a post-COVID-19 economic recovery toolkit in 2021. Anna has a background in architecture and land use policy, tailored with a focus in economic and community development. In her free time, Anna enjoys trying new foods, fitness, traveling to see friends, and spending time with family and pets (Rex the dog, and Winston and Kai, the cats).