Katy doesn’t have an official home town, but feels most connected to rust-belt cities. She grew up moving around Ohio, Pennsylvania, Michigan, and the Netherlands. Katy tried out the West Coast interning at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in Seattle and the East Coast working as an urban planning consultant for AECOM in Washington, DC, but is happy to be back in the Midwest where she went to the University of Michigan for undergrad and spent part of her high school days in the Detroit area.
At NextEnergy, Katy is working on a Kresge funded project that seeks to accelerate the uptake of sustainable initiatives and technologies in the City of Detroit’s assets and operations. Her role on the project is to pull together the work done by the team in the realms of building energy, public lighting, solid waste, fleet and fuels, and purchasing into an action plan for the city.
Link to Employer Website: NextEnergy
Katy enjoys checking out the Detroit area’s unique food and drink spots. Although not in Detroit proper (gasp!), her favorite hole in the wall is Miller’s Bar in Dearborn where the only four things on the menu are cheeseburgers, hamburgers, fries, and onion rings. When not eating health food, Katy likes to ski at Holiday Valley in western New York, vacation at the Jersey Shore (Cape May area, not Seaside Heights), and play volleyball with Come Play Detroit’s recreational league.
- Feb. 22, 2012 – Surprising Detroit