Name: Katie Reilly
Title: Neighborhood Activator
Department: Community Planning & Economic Development
I grew up in the Burke Acre Neighborhood of the City over by Nazareth Road. I recently moved back to take the Neighborhood Activator position in November, so almost a year back.
I like that Kalamazoo is a big, little city. It has great community and passionate residents that want to help make Kalamazoo the best place it can be.
I currently live just outside of City limits in Comstock.
I have a dual Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Global and International Studies from Western. Go Broncos! I also have a Master’s of Urban Planning from the University of Michigan. Before this position I worked for a state-wide nonprofit doing a whole bunch of stuff from nonprofit capacity building to economic and community development. I also interned with the City of Ann Arbor with the transportation planning department.
I am working with Kalamazoo’s 22 neighborhoods to create neighborhood plans. I have also done some work on the complete street policy and other transportation related projects.
Narwhal. It is the unicorn of the sea. I am realistic (narwhals are real) yet am not afraid to try something that may be out of the box (it is a giant dolphin with a unicorn horn).
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