MPC Spotlight: Justin Keller - Metropolitan Planning Council

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MPC Spotlight: Justin Keller

Justin atop a 539m climb on the Saejae Bicycle Path, South Korea (May 2015)

Meet Justin Keller, who was newly promoted to Manager! Justin joined the Water Resources team in August 2018, which is comprised of water supply management and stormwater/flooding management. The biggest initiatives Justin leads are the Drinking Water 1-2-3 Academy, Calumet Stormwater Collaborative, and a many of our suburban water projects.

Outside of MPC, Justin is a proud member of the Illinois Chapter of the American Planning Association (APA-IL) and serves as Treasurer of the APA-IL Chicago Metro Section. He's also a dues-paying member of the Illinois Section American Water Works Association.

Q&A with Justin

Chicago region native? If not, where are you from and what brought you to the Windy City?
I was born in Chicago but never lived here until recently. At the time my mom worked for Michael Reese Hospital, but we actually lived in Hanover Park.

Favorite music genre?
Like everyone else, I listen to a wide variety of music. But if I tell my smart speaker to "play synth-pop," I'm generally pretty satisfied with the playlist. That said, with a two-year-old at home, "Wheels on the Bus" and "Baby Shark" are the most common songs in our house.

New York or Chicago style pizza?
Chicago style of course, but we really have to discuss WHICH Chicago style: deep dish vs. stuffed vs. tavern style. I like it all, but a half-sausage, half-spinach deep dish from Lou's has a special place in my heart.


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