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Kris Carter

Kris Carter

Program and Graduation Year: M.A. UEP, 2011
Current Position: Co-Chair, Mayor's Office of New Urban Mechanics at City of Boston
Research Areas: Transportation, Public Policy for Emerging Issues
How did UEP further your career? "UEP provided me with a launching pad into my professional career in public service. My course projects led to an internship, which turned into a fellowship, that turned into a career. Without my experience at UEP, my path likely would have not been as seamless or as fulfilling."
Laura Jasinski

Laura Jasinski

Program and Graduation Year: M.A. UEP, 2014
Current Position: Executive Director, Charles River Conservancy
Research Areas: Sustainability, Water
How did UEP further your career? "The UEP network in and around Boston is incredible. I know professionals in a wide variety of impactful non-profit, private, and government roles that are always willing to help and advise."
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Rachel Garshick Kleit

Rachel Garshick Kleit

Program and Graduation Year: M.A. UEP, 1993
Current Position: Associate Dean of Faculty Affairs; Professor of City and Regional Planning, Ohio State University
Research Areas: Housing and Community Development
How do you use your UEP education on the job? "I have used what I have learned in Field Projects many, many times over my career, especially guidelines on group editing and writing, group dynamics, and work plans. Much of what we discussed in other classes about organizations and change has also been important in leading in my current organization, and I have used the financial management skills throughout my career."
Christine Madore

Christine Madore

Program and Graduation Year: M.A. UEP, 2015
Current Position: Vice President, Real Estate Services, MassDevelopment
Research Areas: Sustainability, Housing and Community Development
How did UEP further your career? "The professional networks I was able to tap into while at UEP have helped me advance my career across sectors."
David Moore

David Moore

Program and Graduation Year: M.A. UEP, 2004
Current Position: Transportation Human Factors, Division Chief, US Department of Transportation- Volpe Center
Research Areas: Transportation
How did UEP further your career? "Conversations with my fellow students and faculty reset my understanding of what people do for a living, that law school or business school and what lies beyond are not the only path. UEP coursework, Field Projects and my thesis helped me to become conversant in bodies of knowledge (climate change, water resources, social justice) and familiar enough with methods (strategic communications, program evaluation, GIS, watershed modeling) to talk employers into giving me a chance."
Alexandra Oliver-Davila

Alexandra Oliver-Davila

Program and Graduation Year: M.P.P. 2013
Current Position: Executive Director, Sociedad Latina
Research Areas: Housing and Community Development, Youth Development
How did UEP further your career? "It helped me to have a better understanding of how policy affects community and that good policy includes the voices of those who it is meant to support."
Cammy Peterson

Cammy Peterson

Program and Graduation Year: M.A. UEP, 2013
Current Position: Director of Clean Energy, Metropolitan Area Planning Council
Research Areas: Sustainability
What is your favorite UEP memory? "From playing Apples to Apples at the mountain cabin in the first month of the program to robust discussions at Brown House, forming an energy club with peers, doing research for Julian and Bill Moomaw, and continuing to follow the exciting professional exploits of many of my cohort, and many more, my memories from UEP are all very fond."
Kristine Stratton

Kristine Stratton

Program and Graduation Year: M.A. UEP, 2004
Current Position: President and CEO, National Recreation and Parks Association
Research Areas: Sustainability, Housing and Community Development, Food, Transportation, Water
How do you use your UEP education on the job? UEP taught me to understand that all issues are intersectional and solutions must be developed in an intersectional and interdisciplinary way. It's why working at NRPA is so rewarding - our work is entirely aligned with this reality.
Ralph Willmer

Ralph Willmer

Program and Graduation Year: M.A. UEP, 1986
Current Position: Technical Assistance Program Manager and Principal Planner, Metropolitan Area Planning Council
Research Areas: Housing and Community Development, Land Use, Open Space and Recreation
How do you use your UEP education on the job? "The introduction and exposure to a wide range of issues related to citizen participation, as well as tools and techniques for engaging the public, are still useful to me even though the field has evolved quite a bit."