UIC Urban Planning and Policy Student Association, 2018
 

Kimberly Porter

MUPP 2000, Community Development

Regional Transportation Authority

Program Manager

Can you describe your work and how your planning degree contributes to it?

Currently, I am responsible for the planning, development, and administration of the agency’s transit oriented development (TOD) program, planning studies, market research, federal government transit grant programs, and serves as a liaison with the business communities, citizen groups and local governments throughout the six county region.
My MUPP degree prepared me for various issues that can arise at the municipal planning level. Looking back, I truly appreciated all of the Community Development courses and studio I took during my time in the program.

What do you like most about your current job or related work in planning?

 

 Working with other communities and seeing what they are doing from a planning perspective is awesome!

 

What advice do you wish you had gotten as a MUPP or, conversely, what advice would you give to young planners today?

I would tell young planners today to understand budgeting and not to be afraid of math. It is an important skill set.