Kara joined MPC in 2012 and works primarily on Placemaking, Bus Rapid Transit, and Stormwater Management. Her work focuses on creating vibrant, well-used public spaces through community engagement, establishing BRT as a new mode of transportation and community development in Chicago, and helping communities use green infrastructure to manage stormwater such as along the Milwaukee Avenue Green Development Corridor.
A native of Connecticut, Kara taught in public schools for six years before pursuing a master’s degree in urban planning and policy from the University of Illinois-Chicago. Kara completed training with the Project for Public Spaces in New York, has worked with the League of Illinois Bicyclists and studied in China on a Fulbright-Hayes scholarship.
Kara lives in Edgewater, and enjoys spending time with her husband and their daughter.
Areas of expertise
- Stormwater Management and Green Infrastructure
- Bus Rapid Transit
M.U.P.P., Urban Planning and Policy, University of Illinois, Chicago
B.A., Studio Art and Art Education, University of Maryland, College Park Fulbright-Hayes Scholar