Meet Our Students!

 A lifelong Detroiter, Jessica Hinton (BA 2014) works at Detroit Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) as Administrative Program Assistant. She is responsible for collecting data from LISC's various programs, processing and monitoring program actions, disbursing grants, and maintaining program records. Hinton previously worked at MOSES as Project Coordinator. She will join the MUP program in Fall 2017.
 MUP candidate Kaci Jackson works as a Mortgage Loan Processor with Opportunity Resource Fund, a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) in Detroit. The organization works to process, underwrite and fund the Detroit 0% Home Repair Loan, which is administered by LISC and funded by Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds. A licensed loan officer and real estate agent, Jackson was impressed by OCR’s record in the community. Recently, Jackson won two scholarships through the ESA Foundation, and also was awarded the George and Nancy Galster Endowed Scholarship which recognizes all round excellence among DUSP graduate students. 
 A senior majoring in urban studies and public affairs, Kate Parrington is currently interning with Detroit’s Planning and Development Department. She recently sat on a student panel to discuss talent retention in Detroit and what makes the city attractive to young working professionals, moderated by Kim Trent, at Downtown Detroit Partnership’s annual meeting. The meeting was attended by 1,000 people, including Mayor Mike Duggan. Parrington was referred for the panel by Senior Lecturer Jeff Horner and Professor Robin Boyle.

Drew Lucco (BA 2015) is current MUP candidate and is a Small Buisness Development Manager at the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation (DEGC). He manages the Space Track of the Motor City Match Program where he matches new and expanding businesses with vacant commercial space. He works on small business sustainability issues and connecting business and building owners with financing for green infrastructure and energy efficiency projects. He also works in conjuncture with the city departments of Housing and Revitalization as well as Planning and Development on neighborhood planning studies in the city's central and east regions. 

  Nick is an alumnus of the Urban Studies undergraduate program, and will complete his MUP degree in May 2019. He is currently an intern with the City of Birmingham. He is excited to continue to improve the relationship between the natural and built environments, and hopes to make a large impact in the environmental planning community in the years to come. Nick is also studying for a LEED certification, and plans to take advantage of the AICP candidate program through the APA as soon as the winter semester. 
  Christina is a planner at the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments (SEMCOG) where she focuses on regional transportation planning issues in the Plan and Policy Development group working on the 2045 Regional Transportation Plan for Southeast Michigan. She has a B.S. in Urban and Regional Planning and Environmental and Sustainable Studies from Michigan State University where she was awarded the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) Planning Student of the Year. 
  Alex recieved her bachelors in Urban Studies from WSU last year, and is in her third semester of the MUP program. This past summer she worked as a contract employee for the Detroit Land Bank Authority, working as a Property Assessment Specialist. Alex is currently assisting the DBLA in a mass assessment project, helping to assess over 11,000 Detroit properties. Prior to working for the DLBA Alex was a graduate assistant for DUSP and assisted the department in preparing for the 2018 PAB reccreditation process. Alex is also an active member and board member of the Urban Planning graduate student organization, WSSUP. 
   Amanda has B.S. in Geology from Central Michigan University and is finishing up her MUP degree in the Managing Metropolitan Growth concentration this fall (2018). After working at the Clinton River Watershed Council for the last 4 years as a watershed planner, she recently accepted a position at the Macomb County Public Works Commissioner’s Office as Environmental Specialist. Amanda is working on asset management planning, habitat restoration projects, GIS mapping, flood mitigation and civic outreach and engagement. In April, Amanda gave birth to her first child, a boy named Keith Raymond Oparka. 
  Michael will be joining the MUP program in September 2018, and is a reciepent of a DUSP tuition scholarship. He has devoted his career and life to the development of communities around the country and the world. His expertise include, but are not limited to, public health, urban planning, housing, community enrichment and financial capabilities. He has served on both public and non-profit boards including the Ypsilanti Planning Commission, The Ypsilanti Library Borad of Trustees and Legal Services of South Central Michigan. His entrepreneurial endeavours include owning and operating a full scale creative content and consulting firm, Maureen James Creative Group LLC. 
  Kristin works as the Manager of Digital & Social Media at Cobo Center, Detroit convention center. In addition to her marketing role, Kristin is responsible for many aspects of the facility’s sustainability programs - including a community donation program, green building certification, and beekeeping. She recently spoke on the “Creating Collaborative, Sustainable Solutions for Detroit” panel for Detroit Startup Week, discussing opportunities for a sustainable Detroit. She is co-chair of the Green Task Force: Recycling and Waste Subcommittee. The Green Task Force advises Detroit City Council on principles and practices to better serve the city of Detroit through policy and advocacy. Kristin is also a freelance photographer and currently preparing the test for LEED accreditation. Kristin has been awarded the Michigan Association of Planning’s Memorial Scholarship. 
   Timaire is in her final year of the MUP program, and looks forward to graduating in April with both an MUP degree and a Graduate Certificate in Economic Development. She is currently working as a graduate assistant for DUSP and assisting with the 2018 PAB reacreditation process. In September Timarie, along with Drew Lucco (MUP candidate), presented “Maker 2.0,” at the Innovate! Michigan Summit, held at Michigan State University. Maker 2.0 was a project of Professor Boyle’s Regional, State, and Urban Economic Development course. The project included both a qualitative and quantitative assement of the maker economiy in Detroit.
   Ashaki Zeigler started off her occupational career as a Jazz and R&B vocalist and teacher. After over 20 years of success in music and 7 years of teaching Zeigler decided to use more of the planning skills that she had developed in her business as an artist. She began her journey in planning in August of 2017. She currently has a bachelors in Special Education and is working on a masters in Urban Planning. Zeigler completed an internship with Eastside Community Network, and was hired as a consultant for a project after the internship.


Above are the Wayne State students that attended the 2018 Michigan Assosciation of Planning Student Conference at Eastern Michigan University. This photo was featured on the MAP facebook and represents the future of planning at Wayne State. 





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