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Abby Crisostomo


Abby joined MPC in 2011 and is a project manager for the Water Supply Management and Stormwater Mitigation programs. She focuses primarily on water resources policy, planning and management with an emphasis on the intersection between water policy and community engagement, government efficiency and innovative finance. Some of her current work includes providing technical assistance on interjurisdictional water supply coordination to the Northwest Water Planning Alliance, advocating for policy change on infrastructure finance and investment and conducting research on stormwater incentive programs for private properties.

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 on the leadership teams of the International Water Association Public and Customer Communications Specialist Group and the American Planning Association Illinois Chapter Diversity Committee, and was recently selected for the Chicago Next Gen Environmental Leadership Program. She lives in the Near North neighborhood and spends her free time bike riding, dancing and traveling.

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What Our Water’s Worth: Stormwater solutions worth more than the sum of their parts
In the Chicago region, addressing the negative impacts of stormwater—be they basement backups, swelling rivers, flooded streets or combined sewer overflows—is a difficult and daunting task for all involved, from the property owners whose homes and businesses are damaged, to the local…
What Our Water’s Worth: Aurora’s versatile answer to stormwater woes
With the recently announced expansion of Illinois’ Clean Water Initiative to include funding projects related to stormwater, more money will soon be available for local communities looking to invest in stormwater solutions, particularly green infrastructure solutions. Some communities are…
Yes In My Back Yard: Effective incentive programs for stormwater solutions
Nobody likes flooding; and yet, it has proven to be a sticky problem to solve. Even though sewers, roadways and sidewalks are in the public right of way, most of the land in our cities is privately owned. Unfortunately, rain falls on public and private land alike, so any solutions to stormwater…
What Our Water's Worth: Whose problem is it? Private property and stormwater management
Next time it rains—and it’s officially spring in Chicago, so you shouldn’t have to wait long—consider where all those drops of water flow. In large, older cities like Chicago, rain generally falls on a private landowner’s property—someone’s backyard or on…

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Abby Crisostomo Project Manager
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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

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