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Kate Calabra

Kate Calabra

Kate joined MPC as a research assistant in 2013, and was accepted as the first Wayfinding Fellow a year later. She works on a variety of Housing and Community Development programs, such as a pilot project in South Suburban Cook County to help communities implement strategic code enforcement and data collection policies regarding single-family rental housing.

After graduating from DePaul University with a bachelor’s degree in public policy and a bachelor’s degree in community psychology, Kate moved to Lansing, Mich. to complete a master’s degree in urban and regional planning at Michigan State University. Her thesis work explored the changing physical forms of cities such as Detroit, Flint and Youngstown that have experienced severe population loss and property vacancies. Kate also received a graduate certificate in Community Engaged Scholarship and served on the American Planning Association’s Student Representative Committee during her time at Michigan State. 

Kate is an active member of Women in Planning and Development. She spends her free time playing in Chicago Sport and Social leagues, experimenting in the kitchen and traveling whenever and wherever possible.

Kate Calabra

Wayfinding Fellow

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Phone: 312 863 6037