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Merissa Piazza

Lead Policy Analyst
Areas of Expertise workforce and economic development, entrepreneurship and small business
Department Community Development

Merissa C. Piazza is a lead policy analyst in the Community Development Department at the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland. In her role, she conducts analyses and applied research related to workforce and economic development among other issues affecting low- to moderate-income communities.

Prior to joining the Cleveland Reserve Bank, Dr. Piazza served as a program manager for the Center for Economic Development at Cleveland State University, where she conducted applied research on economic development, entrepreneurship, small businesses, and workforce development.

Dr. Piazza holds a BA in political science and Spanish from Oakland University, an MPIA (public and international affairs) from the University of Pittsburgh, and a PhD in urban studies and public affairs from Cleveland State University.