Abby joined MPC as a research assistant in 2011 and was hired as an associate for the Water Supply Management and Stormwater Mitigation programs a year later. She focuses primarily on environmental planning, with an emphasis on water resources policy, planning and management. Some of her current work includes providing technical assistance on interjurisdictional water supply coordination to the Northwest Water Planning Alliance and the DuPage Water Commission, managing content and outreach for the What Our Water’s Worth campaign, coordinating neighborhood-scale green infrastructure projects, and conducting research on stormwater management incentive programs.
Abby hails from Duluth, Minn., and moved to Chicago in 2002 to attend the University of Chicago, where she received her bachelor’s degree in law, letters and society. After a brief stint in New York, N.Y., where she worked at a corporate law firm and was active in her Crown Heights, Brooklyn, neighborhood association, Abby returned to Chicago in 2008 to work as program associate and coastal project coordinator for the Alliance for the Great Lakes. She received her master’s degree in urban planning and policy, with concentrations in community development and environmental policy, from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2012 and was named the urban planning and policy student of the year. Abby is an active member of Women in Planning + Development and the American Planning Association Illinois Chapter Diversity Committee. She lives on the Near North Side and spends her free time bike riding, dancing, and traveling.
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Areas of expertise
- Affordable and supportive housing
- Community development
- Environmental policy
- Infrastructure finance
- Interjurisdictional collaboration
- Organizational capacity
- Stormwater management and green infrastructure
- Sustainable water supply management
- Water policy
M.U.P.P., Urban Planning and Policy, University of Illinois at Chicago
A.B., Law, Letters and Society, University of Chicago