This month, Sara Jo Shipley will share successes and next steps for the City of Kalamazoo Climate Action Plan.
Starting in 2016, Sara Jo became the Redevelopment Project Manager for the City of Kalamazoo. She manages, coordinates and implements redevelopment and economic development projects from conception to completion. She believes everyone should have choices on where they live, where they work and how they commute. She believes her greater role in the development process is two parts: (1) to see brownfields redeveloped to its highest and best use, and (2) to influence policy towards the end of Kalamazoo achieving true sustainability (economically, environmentally and equitably).
Sara Jo grew up wanting to be a pro-basketball player but was sidelined by her height and her nice girl attitude. She went on to study a little bit of everything at Washtenaw CC, Michigan State, and the University of Cincinnati picking up a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Master’s in Community Planning.
Come out to our neighborhood pub and meet Sara!