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Lauren Gilchrist is Senior Vice President, Senior Director of Research for Philadelphia, where she directs all aspects of JLL's local market research platform for the region.
Lauren specializes in urban and regional economics and demography and focuses on expanding JLL's regional office and industrial research platforms to enhance firm and client knowledge of real estate dynamics and guide strategic decision making.
Prior to joining JLL, Lauren served as the Manager of Research & Analysis at the Center City District in Philadelphia, a $22 million business improvement district, where she directed the organization's market and public policy research.
At the CCD, Lauren's ongoing publications included housing, employment, and retail studies, as well as original, institutionally supported research such as "Downtown Rebirth: Documenting the Live-Work Dynamic in 21st Century U.S. Cities," supported by the International Downtown Association, and "Documenting and Enhancing the Independent and Project Economy," funded by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.
Lauren also served as a Research Analyst/Program Manager at the Center for Regional Economic Competitiveness, an economic development consulting firm in Arlington, VA, and as a Coro Fellow in Public Affairs in Pittsburgh, PA.
Lauren frequently lectures on topics related to commercial real estate and economic development for institutions including the International Council of Shopping Centers, International Downtown Association, Philadelphia City Planning Commission, University of Pennsylvania, and U.S. Census Bureau.
Lauren holds an M.S. in Public Policy and Management (Highest Distinction) from the Heinz College at Carnegie Mellon University with concentrations in Urban & Regional Economic Development and International Trade & Development and a B.S. in Business Administration from Bucknell University (Magna Cum Laude).