Seema D. Iyer is the associate director and research assistant professor for the Jacob France Institute in the University of Baltimore's Merrick School of Business. Her responsibilities include assisting the institute's director, David Stevens, in its management and strategic planning objectives. Prior to joining UB, Iyer managed Baltimore's division responsible for data and policy analysis, geographic information systems services and population forecasting. She spearheaded part of the city's critical planning efforts as director of the 2010 Census Complete Count Campaign and co-chair of its 2009 Food Policy Task Force. In 2006, she was project manager of Baltimore's Comprehensive Master Plan, and, in 2008, she managed the city's planning grant to develop the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy. Iyer holds a Ph.D. in urban and regional planning from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and has extensive international research experience gained through her study of comprehensive planning strategies in post-socialist countries. Iyer also has previously worked in higher education, as a visiting lecturer in the University of Pennsylvania's Department of City and Regional Planning, and as a faculty lecturer in the Department of City Planning and Architecture at Morgan State University. She earned a master of arts degree in regional science and a bachelor of arts degree in mathematics and Russian studies, both from the University of Pennsylvania. Among her professional activities, Iyer is a member of the American Planning Association, the Baltimore chapter of the Urban Land Institute and an affiliate of the University of Maryland National Center for Smart Growth Research & Education. In 2010, she was selected as one of Maryland's Leading Women by the Daily Record.