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Justin Williams

Justin Williams joined MPC in October 2018. Justin is responsible for coordinating and advancing MPC’s policy advocacy efforts. He helps staff across program areas develop and execute research and outreach strategies for policy change.

Justin specializes in tying together disparate, complex ideas into coherent messages and strategies. Before joining MPC, he honed his skills as an academic researcher and teacher (PhD Political Science, University of Michigan, 2018). At MPC, he leverages this skill to draw connections across issue areas to identify opportunities for policy and research intervention, and develops strategies to turn research ideas into action.

Justin moved to Chicago in 2018, and currently lives in the Edgewater neighborhood. He grew up in San Diego but lived elsewhere in the Midwest for the past 10 years. He is a bread enthusiast and lover of Lake Michigan in all its seasons, although picnic season is his favorite.

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  1. Data Points: How replacing lead water lines will put people back to work

    • By Justin Williams and Tara Jagadeesh, MPC Research Assistant
    • Jan 6, 2021
  2. A citywide plan in Chicago?

    • By Justin Williams and Christina Harris, Director of Land Use and Planning
    • Sep 3, 2019

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Justin Williams Policy Manager
312 863 6035

Areas of expertise

  • Government relations
  • Comparative policy research
  • Legislative tracking


Ph.D. in Political Science, University of Michigan – Ann Arbor

B.A. in Environment and Social Change, Humboldt State University

This page can be found online at http://www.metroplanning.org/work/project-manager/146

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