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Katie Hughes
Katie Hughes

Katie Hughes completed a Master of Urban and Regional Planning and specialized in Economic Development. Katie grew up in the Detroit area and graduated from Michigan State University's James Madison College in 2008 with a degree in International Relations and Asian Studies. While in East Lansing, Katie worked for the Community Relations Coalition on city-wide planning issues and the Michigan Department of Agriculture with the International Marketing Department. In 2008, Katie joined the U.S. Green Building Council, and now works as an Account Manager with a variety of firms engaged in the green building industry. Katie is passionate about the greening of our built environment and her goal is to bring the concept of building environmentally, socially, and financially vibrant communities to fruition both in the U.S. and abroad. Her professional skills include: Mandarin Chinese, strategic communication, client relations, event planning, project management, green building, and the LEED certification process. Her academic and research interests include: shrinking cities, innovative economic development strategies, eco-cities, urban farming and agriculture, brownfield redevelopment, and planning in developing countries. Hobbies and interests include: cooking, traveling, entertaining, nature, reading and running.