Katie Olson-Kenny

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MURP ‘15 GPA Certificate: Global Urbanization and Regional Development

Katie grew up in Sacramento, CA and completed undergraduate at UC Davis where she majored in Political Science.  After graduating, she moved to Seoul, South Korea where she taught English in the public school system for 2 years.  She began the Master of Urban and Regional Planning (MURP) program upon returning from Korea, in the fall of 2013. In addition to her studies this past year, she worked as an assistant project manager at an economic development consulting firm.  This summer she worked at Partnership of Philippine Support Service Agencies (PHILSSA), and studied Tagalog with a professor at the University of the Philippines.

Katie has a RID (Regional and International Development) focus within the MURP program, with an interest in economic development.  She has also completed the Global Urbanization and Regional Development cluster certificate requirements.

Following graduation, she hopes to pursue work in international development and work with local communities in natural disaster-prone regions.  Katie chose to work in the Philippines this summer specifically because she is interested in the intersection between urban planning and disaster preparedness/recovery; this includes analyzing ways to integrate mitigation measures into cities’ current comprehensive plans, and developing and implementing strategies that aim to restore jobs and livelihoods in post-disaster contexts.  While drawn to Asia, she is open to working in other regions in the future.