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Jessica Kursman

Economic Development Planner

College of Urban Planning and Public Administration

Pronouns: They/Them; She/Hers


Building & Room:



412 S. Peoria Street, Suite 400 (MC 410)

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Jessica’s background includes work in community and economic development, data analysis, policy analysis, and community organizing. Jessica has worked in community development in Chicago in a variety of capacities, including non-profit, governmental, and consulting positions, offering her the opportunity to work in supportive housing and affordable housing development, economic development, and community development finance. Prior to moving to Illinois, Jessica held research roles at the University of Michigan Center for Local, State, and Urban Policy, and the University of Michigan Graham Sustainability Institute. She began her career in community development working as both an organizer with the Sierra Club, and as an AmeriCorps volunteer with a sustainability and green jobs non-profit in Detroit, Michigan. Jessica holds a Master or Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Policy from the University of Michigan.