Master of City & Regional Planning Graduates are making an impact – and making better places.

Paul Young (2004)young

making a difference in community development

Paul was recently appointed Director of the City of Memphis, Division of Housing and Community Development. Previously, he worked as Director of Legislative Affairs for Shelby County Government, and Administrator of Memphis-Shelby Office of Sustainability.


Kyle Wagenschutz (2010)kyle

making a difference on the roadways

Kyle was the City of Memphis' first Bikeway/Pedestrian Coordinator. He has been recognized by the White House as part of the Champions of Change program and was named by the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals (APBP) as the 2013 Young Professional of the Year. Kyle oversaw the city's first bike lanes, expanded bike to work day efforts and ushered in high profile projects including plans for 15 miles of protected bike lanes. He is currently Director of Local Innovation for the advocacy organization People for Bikes.


Karen ThorntonKaren Thornton (2011)

making an impact on the waterways

Karen was the Public Outreach Manager for theMississippi River Corridor - Tennessee, Incand a Team Leader with 1 Mississippi, which organizes people dedicated to protecting the Mississippi River into a national constituency of River Citizens.


zeanahJohn Zeanah (2005)

making an impact on sustainability

John is Deputy Director of Planning and Development for Memphis and Shelby County. He previously worked as the Administrator of the Memphis and Shelby County Office of Sustainability. John coordinated the development of the Mid-South Regional Greenprint plan, which was awarded the 2015 Excellence in Sustainability Award by the American Planning Association.


pacelloTommy Pacello (2012)

making an impact on revitalization

Tommy was honored as one of Urban Land Institute's Top 40 under 40 in 2014. Tommy was selected based on his contributions to responsible land use, having served as Senior Project Manager on the Mayor's Innovation Delivery Team where he helped launch the MEMfix and MEMshop "previtalization" strategies used to reanimate and reveal the potential of some of Memphis' neglected urban neighborhoods. Tommy is currently President of the Memphis Medical District Collaborative.