Debbie Liu - Staff member - Metropolitan Planning Council

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Debbie Liu

Debbie joined MPC in April of 2019 as an Associate and was promoted to Manager in 2023. Prior to joining MPC, she directed the Coalition for a Better Chinese American Community, where she worked to empower Chinese Americans through civic engagement and community development for the Greater Chinatown area. Through that work, she has been involved with the Our Great Rivers Chicago initiative for the south branch.

 Debbie is a Chicago native and is a daughter of immigrants from Hong Kong. She received her Master of Public Health degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where she studied health policy. Her interests are development without displacement, improving community health outcomes through grassroots community organizing and interventions to the built environment.

Debbie serves on the board of Active Transportation Alliance and is an active volunteer with Ping Tom Park Advisory Council, Greater South Loop Association and Sit Stay Read. She is a foodie and enjoys traveling, gardening, reading, following local politics, and volunteering. She lives in South Loop with her partner and dog.

Her preferred gender pronouns are she/her/hers.

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  1. Healing our individual and collective trauma: promoting healing-centered policy in a post-COVID world

    • By Debbie Liu and Chloe Gurin-Sands, MPC, Jim Poole, NAMI Chicago, Alexa James, NAMI Chicago
    • Apr 30, 2021

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