Jerry Zhao
246 Humphrey School
Leadership and Management Area
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Jerry (Zhirong) Zhao

Associate Professor
Director, Institute for Urban & Regional Infrastructure Finance
economic development; infrastructure finance; local government management; public budgeting; public financial management; sustainable development

A native of China, Zhirong "Jerry" Zhao is an associate professor of public administration. His research focuses on public budgeting and finance, in particular how local governments generate sufficient revenue under ever-increasing constraints; how state and local fiscal structures affect the pattern and effectiveness of public service delivery; and how public and nonprofit organizations interact with each other in budgetary and service decision making.

Jerry holds a PhD in Public Administration from the University of Georgia and earned bachelor's and master's degrees in Urban Planning from Tongji University (China). In his earlier career as an urban planner, he led many projects for local governments across China, and published journal articles and book chapters on urban renewal and historical preservation. As a public administration scholar, he has published in Public Administration Review, Public Finance Review, Public Budgeting and Finance, Municipal Finance Journal, and Chinese Public Administration Review, and has worked on funded projects supported by the Minnesota Legislature, Minnesota Department of Transportation, and the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy.

Jerry was named the Humphrey School's Instructor of the Year in 2009 and 2013. 

In The Media

This story used a database developed by Humphrey School researcher Adeel Lari and Associate Professor Jerry Zhao to examine transportation funding levels for central Minnesota. 

St. Cloud Times
April 14, 2018

Research by Associate Professor Jerry Zhao, which found that long-term transportation investments contribute significantly to employment in rural Minnesota counties, is highlighted in this article. 

Center for Transportation Studies
March 12, 2018