Michaela Kramer joined Karp Strategies as an analyst with experience in community planning, human-centered research, and graphic design. She uses a people-centered approach to create sustainable and connected places. Prior to joining Karp Strategies, Michaela worked at TYTHEdesign, a social impact strategic design firm and Project for Public Spaces, an urban planning and design nonprofit dedicated to creating thriving public spaces. In these roles, she collaborated with governments, organizations, and community members on projects ranging from placemaking initiatives to community-led research programs, and engagement tools. Recently, Michaela worked with Brooklyn Bridge Park to plan a public pool using the insights of over 2,000 community members, collaborated with the NYC Department of Arts and Culture to design a multi-year program that strengthens community arts in low-income neighborhoods, and developed a plan to reinvigorate three public spaces in Eugene, Oregon. Whether Michaela is using ethnographic research, mapping, economic data, planning, illustration, or facilitation, she strives to find ways for diverse stakeholders to have a seat at the table.
At Karp Strategies, Michaela supports a range of community and economic development projects, ranging from resiliency initiatives to community engagement to holistic socioeconomic impact analyses. Michaela holds a MS in Design and Urban Ecologies from Parsons School of Design and a BA in Urban Planning and Philosophy from Concordia University in Montreal. She sits on APA's Urban Design Committee.