Nisa Miranda is the Executive Director of The University of Alabama Center for Economic Development (UACED), a position she has held since 1995. Before this appointment, she served for ten years as the Director of the William R. Bennett Alabama International Trade Center, a premier research and trade development program in the State of Alabama. Her responsibilities for The University of Alabama are to provide a gateway for economic development requests and to provide leadership through UACED with the mission to enhance local economic development efforts that diversify the state’s economy.
Under Nisa’s direction, UACED provides technical assistance, develops and structures programs that address the assets and needs of rural and urban communities, focuses on building the knowledge base of civic and elected leaders, and works with state and federal agencies and client communities to guide ideas and projects to fruition.
Nisa has successfully developed nationally recognized demonstration projects at the center for the U.S. Small Business Administration, the Tennessee Valley Authority and several foreign organizations. She is a founding member of several institutions that support Alabama communities, including the Alabama Communities of Excellence, Inc., Your Town Alabama, and Black Belt Treasures Cultural Arts Center.
A native of Brazil, Ms. Miranda holds a B.S. and M.B.A. from The University of Alabama.