Urban Planning & Development

The American city is making a comeback. After years of suburbanization, the U.S. is once again experiencing a wave of urbanization. What's driving this, and how are cities handling this change? Come to the Urban Planning and Economic Development Roundtable to find out! With diverse perspectives from professionals employed by the government, local non-profits, economic development organizations, and more, you'll learn about the changes to urban landscapes, and how you can get involved in a variety of ways.

Roundtable Participants

Andrew Fan, AB'13

Senior Financial Analyst, Urban Partnership Bank

Mr. Fan graduated from the College in 2013 with a degree in history and political science. While at UChicago, he was involved with Model UN and the UCSC. He is now an analyst at Urban Partnership Bank, a community development bank based on Chicago's South Side. He current work includes market research, financial projections, social impact measurement. Outside of the bank, he is also affiliated with City Bureau, a journalism collective that covers criminal justice issues on the South and West Sides.

Sharon Legenza, AB'87, JD'91 (Northwestern)

Executive Director, Housing Action Illinois

Ms. Legenza is the executive director of Housing Action Illinois, a statewide non-profit organization formed to preserve and expand the availability of quality, affordable housing throughout Illinois. Prior to joining Housing Action, she served as the interim executive director for the ACLU of Alaska, as of counsel with Miner, Barnhill & Galland, as the fair housing project director for the Chicago Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, and as an associate with Sidley Austin. She has successfully litigated numerous civil rights and constitutional law cases, and is an expert on fair and affordable housing issues. She has served on a number of nonprofit boards and government advisory committees. She is a graduate of Northwestern University School of Law and received her undergraduate degree in political science from the College.

Timothy Veenstra, AB'92, MA'96 Northwestern University

Director of Asset Management, Illinois Housing Development Authority

Tim Veenstra is the Director of Asset Management at the Illinois Housing Development Authority, managing the state's investments in affordable rental housing, tax credit compliance and rental assistance programs. Serving over 100,000 households at 1,200 properties across the state, IHDA is the largest financier of affordable housing in Illinois. Tim was previously at the Chicago Housing Authority for over 19 years where he was part of the ""Plan for Transformation"" to rebuild public housing across Chicago. While a student in the College from 1988-1992, Tim studied public policy and urban poverty, worked at Ray Elementary School, was a Research Assistant for Harris School professor Susan Mayer and was a member of the rowing club. In addition to a AB in public policy from UChicago, Tim has an MA in human development and social policy from Northwestern University.

Danielle Wrobel , AB'12, MPP'13

Data Manager, Tradewater LLC

Ms. Wrobel graduated from the college in 2012 and completed a joint degree program with the Harris School of Public Policy in 2013, with a masters in public policy. Her focus is in the areas of environmental and renewable energy. She currently works at a carbon project development firm serving as Data Manager and has developed a love for metrics and indicators to drive decision making. She is also interested in the intersection of public, private and nongovernmental organization to find solutions in sustainability for large urban centers. Previously she had worked with the Mayors Office of Sustainability in Chicago where both data and urban policy were put into action. She looks forward to meeting more alumni in similar sectors.