Alumni & Friends

About 40 percent of MUP graduates work in the public planning sector and 20 percent in the private planning sector. Examples of public agencies hiring DURP graduates include the City of Houston, the United States Army Construction Engineering Research Laboratory, the New York City Planning Department, the World Bank, and the U.S. Department of the Interior. Private planning firms include large companies such as HNTB and URS Corporation, as well as smaller firms such as Camiros Ltd. and Teska Associates. Roughly another 40 percent of our graduates work in the fields of law, non-profit management, and academia in universities in the U.S. and abroad, including India, Korea, and Brazil, or in positions of management, finance, media, marketing, and administration with companies such as Accenture and Bank One.

The historically high percentage of our alumni pursuing careers in planning and closely related fields reflects the strength of our program, as well as the support network provided by the faculty, staff, alumni, and friends of the department in preparing students to become effective professionals. The diversity of employment held by our alumni also underscores the relevance of planning skills and knowledge to a wide variety of disciplines and fields.

Examples of Careers in Planning

Graduates of the Department of Urban and Regional Planning pursue a variety of careers, both in the public and private sectors. Below are selected positions held by DURP alumni in recent years.

Public

  • Principal Planner, Palm Beach County, FL
  • Planner, Tri-County Regional Planning Commission
  • Long Range Planning Manager, Ogden City, UT
  • Principal Planner, City of Houston, TX
  • Planning and Policy Analyst, Wisconsin Department of Transportation
  • Economic Development Specialist, City of Southlake, TX
  • Planner, Colorado Springs Planning Division
  • Assistant Planning Director, City of Champaign, IL
  • Community Development Director, City of Urbana, IL

Private

  • Consultant, The Architects Collaborative
  • Project Engineer, Lea and Elliott
  • Consultant, HOK Consulting
  • Transportation Planner, BRW
  • President, Integrated Real Estate Services
  • Manager, Economic Development, Busse Consulting
  • Planner, URS Corporation

Other

  • Account Executive, Jordan Tamraz Caruso Advertising
  • Product Manager, Arrow Electronics
  • General Assignment Reporter, WMC-TV Action News 5, Memphis, TN
  • Attorney, Gallagher and Kennedy
  • Human Resources Associate, Unilever Corporation
  • Marketing Manager, Landplan Engineering
  • Organizing Director, Citizen Action

A Few of Our Notable Alumni

  • Dean Macris (MUP, 1958), Planning Director, City of San Francisco
  • Robert (Bob) Teska (MUP, 1961), Chairman of the Board and Principal, Teska Associates, Inc.
  • Gary Hack (MUP, 1967), Dean of School of Design, University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia)
  • Leslie (Les) Pollock (MUP, 1968), Principal Consultant, Camiros, Ltd (Chiago)
  • Carl V. Patton (MUP, 1969), President Emeritus, Georgia State University (Atlanta)
  • Anthony C. Wood (BAUP 1978), Executive Director, Ittleson Foundation (New York)
  • Rafael Cestero (MUP, 1993),Commissioner of New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (New York)
  • Kirk Goodrich (MUP, 1993), Vice President, Tax Credit Syndication, Enterprise Community Investment, Inc. (Northeast/New York Region)
  • Juan Salgado (MUP, 1993), President and CEO, Institute for Latino Progress / Instituto del Progreso Latino, (Chicago)
  • Michelle Whetten (MUP, 1994), Local Office Director Gulf Coast, Enterprise Community Partners (New Orleans)
  • Damon Smith, Principal Deputy General Counsel, HUD
  • Leanne Redden, Executive Director, Chicago RTA
  • Mike Schiffer, Vice President for Planning at MTA Metro-North Railroad, New York
  • Mary Kay Peck, APA President and city manager of Henderson, NV