Elisabeth Altazan  @UTSOA

Elisabeth Altazan

Teaching Assistant – Wu

Master of Science in Community and Regional Planning, Master of Public Affairs

Elisabeth Altazan is a second year dual degree student in the Master in Public Affairs program at the LBJ School and the Community and Regional Planning program at the UT School of Architecture. She currently works as the Grants Coordinator TA for the Center for Sustainable Development. 

Before coming to graduate school, Altazan worked for several non-profits and then managed a Healthy Communities initiative for Louisiana State University. In this role, she worked with several rural and under-resourced communities in LA and saw first-hand the massive impacts policies and planning decisions have on bettering or worsening social and economic disparities.

Altazan's primary reserach interest is the intersection of housing policy and community development, and food systems. During her studies, Altazan has interned for both the City of Austin Transportation Department and the Neighborhood Housing and Community Development Department, and plans to work in local government after completing her Masters' degrees.

EDUCATION

  • Master of Science in Community and Regional Planning, University of Texas at Austin (Expected May 2020)
  • Master of Public Affairs, The LBJ School of Public Affairs, University of Texas at Austin (Expected May 2020)
  • Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and French, Louisiana State University, 2014

Jessica Jones

Graduate Research Assistant

Master of Science in Community and Regional Planning, Master of Public Affairs

  @UTSOA

Abbey Judd

Graduate Research Assistant - Sletto

Master of Science in Community and Regional Planning, Master of Public Affairs

Abbey Judd is a second-year dual degree student in the Master in Community and Regional Planning program at the UT School of Architecture and Public Affairs program at the LBJ School. She currently works as a Program Associate with Civic Arts, managing the Austin Arts in Sacred Places program.  Additionally, Judd is the Graduate Assistant for the Community & Regional Planning Graduate Advisor. 

Before graduate school, Judd worked in Memphis at an arts non-profit organization that provides free concerts at a historic bandshell in a public park. While managing community partnerships, she observed the importance of public cultural amenities in quality of life for residents and witnessed creative approaches for community development. 

Judd’s primary research interest is in “creative placemaking,” which examines the capacity arts and culture can bring urban planning and public policy. During her time in Austin, Judd has also explored urban music economies and civic participation through the arts engagement process through her off-campus jobs and coursework in the Arts and Culture Entrepreneurship & Non-Profit Management Portfolio program. 

Oriana Lopez

GRA - Solis Collins

Master of Science in Community and Regional Planning, Master of Public Affairs

Joshua Terkel

GRA - Wu - CSD Endowment

Master of Science in Community and Regional Planning, Master of Public Affairs

Tatum Troutt

GRA - Mueller - Hogg

Master of Science in Community and Regional Planning, Master of Public Affairs

  @UTSOA

Kelsey Wingo

Senior Student Associate

Master of Science in Community and Regional Planning, Master of Public Affairs

Kelsey Wingo is a first-year dual degree student in the Masters of Community and Regional Planning program at the UT School of Architecture and Masters of Public Affairs program at the LBJ School. She currently works as a Senior Student Associate with the UT Office of Sustainability where she compiles and analyzes data indicators that measure campus sustainability performance. 

Before graduate school, Wingo worked in St. Louis managing the campus sustainability office at Webster University. She also served as an adjunct instructor teaching seminar courses on environmental justice and sustainable design. While managing conservation and efficiency projects, she helped students, staff and faculty better understand their relationship to and impact on the natural environment. 

Wingo’s primary research interest is in utility infrastructure and resource management policies and planning strategies, which specific interest in collaborative renewable energy efforts across regional governments.