Hi from your new 2016-17 Steering Committee!

Hey everyone!

We’re super excited to be your Planners Network Steering Committee for 2016-17. Here’s a bit about us:


Cassie Hackel (Chair) is a first-year Master of Urban Planning student with a BA in Urban Studies from Vassar College. As an undergraduate, she first became interested in how the built environment shapes lives, and how citizens can be more involved and have a voice in the creation of urban spaces. She is passionate about the intersection of people and place, and is particularly interested in using urban planning to advance social equity. Cassie also works as a Sociospatial Analyst at PLASTARC, Inc., helping to create human-centered workplaces around the country.


Allison Kappeyne van de Coppello is a master of urban planning student passionate about social equity, community development and environmental justice. Prior to her time at Michigan, Allison was involved with YouthCARE a Minneapolis, MN based nonprofit organization that promotes multicultural and leadership opportunities for a diverse group 13-18 years olds. She wants to foster further awareness of diversity and inclusivity on and off campus. She understands that we are all continually learning and have different lived experiences, herself included, and hopes to advocate for racial equity and disparity awareness amongst her Michigan peers. Allison holds a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies Sustainable Design from Macalester College.


Julianna Tschirhart is a first year Master of Urban Planning student hailing from Metro Detroit. Growing up in one of the most segregated metro areas in the country made her aware from a young age of the profound way race and place can shape identity and opportunity. She pursued these interests at Middlebury College in Vermont where she majored in Sociology & Anthropology. Before coming to Taubman, she worked in community development in Boston at the Mel King Institute for Community Building and at a transportation consulting firm in Detroit. She hopes to utilize the skills she gains in the planning program to bridge the socioeconomic, racial, and oftentimes psychological divide between the suburbs and the city of Detroit.



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