Jessica Varsa, AICP

Jessica Varsa

Jessica Varsa

Public Service Assistant; Strategic Operations and Planning Assistance
Expertise: Economic Development, Strategic Planning



Jessica has provided expertise to local governments since 2007 working in both public and private sectors. With a background in planning and public policy, Jessica contributes to local government research in the areas of fiscal, economic, and land use policy analysis. Prior to joining the Institute of Government in 2017, Jessica served as division chief of the Research and Strategic Planning Division at Baltimore City Department of Planning and oversaw a team responsible for quantitative and spatial analysis involving Baltimore’s growth trends. Jessica also served as a senior research associate at Towson University’s Regional Economic Studies Institute, spearheading land use planning and economic development projects for state and local governments in Maryland. Jessica holds the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) credential from the American Planning Association.


B.A. Economics, University of Montana; M.R.P., Cornell University

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Areas of expertise: Planning, program/policy evaluation


The chapel has been restored in a way that allows for its use by a wide variety of university and community groups for plays, concerts, lectures, weddings, meetings, and other special events. The Spalding Theater, which seats 240, and the Conference/Green Room, which seats 45, are rented to the public.

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