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Karp Strategies is a WBE/DBE/SBE-certified urban planning and strategy consulting firm that partners with organizations to identify their unique needs and provide tailored solutions.


We strive to build strong and thriving communities, economies, and cities in which people are proud to live and work. We do this by taking analysis to action to help our cross-sector clients tackle challenges, make decisions, and advance their projects.


Our team examines every project from a holistic perspective, incorporating data, people, and place as core tenets. Working through an equity-driven lens means thoughtfully considering we are not all starting from the same place, how those disparities intersect with our work, and how we move forward in our practice. 


At Karp Strategies, we strive to…


Invest in People

  • Prioritize the development and well-being of our team.

  • Center diverse perspectives in our project work, ensuring all voices are heard.

  • Foster a culture of kindness, respect, and belonging.


Drive Impact to Change the World

  • Continuously strive to make positive, tangible impacts on communities.

  • Methodically work towards a shared understanding of each other's experience and vision for the world, and ground our practice in this.

  • Welcome small changes, knowing they collectively lead to significant victories.

Practice a Growth Mindset

  • Cultivate a culture of continuous learning and open discussion across teams.

  • Embrace and discuss failure as a part of the learning process and celebrate success.

  • Foster a collaborative, transdisciplinary team that challenges each other with kindness to grow and innovate.


Strive for Work/Life Balance

  • Advocate for and support healthy work/life boundaries, conscious of power dynamics and differences in experience by identity.

  • Embrace flexibility to accommodate individual and collective needs.

  • Set and allocate resources according to clear priorities.


Prioritize Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI)

  • Promote a bias-to-action approach to support historically marginalized communities and businesses.

  • Lean into discomfort in thinking about equity and justice. 

  • Center equity as a foundational element throughout our internal processes and project work.

Be Adaptive and Entrepreneurial

  • Cultivate a team of innovators and pragmatists who work tenaciously to solve problems.

  • Encourage flexibility and adaptability in rapidly changing situations.

  • Brainstorm as a team to navigate tough or tricky situations collaboratively.

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We take analysis of data, people, and place to action so that government agencies, private companies, and non-profit organizations can make better decisions, avoid painful project delays, and create shared value while maximizing return.  


Our holistic approach, combining design-thinking and market analysis, helps our clients move their projects forward to build better communities and stronger cities.

Recognized by our partners and clients as more than just single problem-solvers, we are strategic partners and collaborators, working in lockstep to provide long-term systems solutions that bring value long after our work is over.  


We are committed to growing stronger communities, thriving and inclusive economies, and amazing public realms. In practice, we both independently lead projects and subcontract to or team with other firms to provide specific services and lead through collaboration.


Clients and partners come to Karp Strategies to seek strategic advisement, analysis, and execution on complex urban issues across a range of topics, and because we deliver—every time. 

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 OUR dedicated


Started by Rebecca Karp in 2015, Karp Strategies is comprised of a team of dynamic policy and planning leaders who actively teach, engage in, and innovate within the urban planning field.


Our team is intersectional in nature, balancing a strong foundation in community-economic development, real estate and urban planning, infrastructure/transportation, and community engagement with specialities in the industrial and manufacturing sector, workforce development strategy, public policy, and sustainability.  


We celebrate the immense diversity of our region and have built a team that reflects this to bring multi-lingual, holistic planning solutions to our clients across the five boroughs and beyond.



As a firm, we place curiosity, dialogue, and inquiry firmly at the heart of our work to keep our pulse on an evolving field and bring fresh eyes to complex urban issues.  


In any given week, you’ll find us exploring a new policy proposal, developing a new analytical methodology, exploring a new neighborhood or development, or honing our skills at trainings that benefit our projects.  


Karp Strategies maintains a robust in-house professional development program where the goals of team members are matched with opportunities to join organizations, attend events and conferences, and develop leadership skills. This ensures our team stays fresh with an eye on the field to the benefit of team learning and client goals alike. 

Working With Us
Our Rockstar Team
A Culture of Inquiry
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