Katie Gienapp (she/her) is a Master of Public Affairs and M.S. in Urban & Regional Planning double degree student. A former military kid, Katie has lived in many different places, but she calls Chippewa Falls, WI her home. She earned her B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies from Wheaton College (IL), where she wrote her senior thesis about the impact of place on social engagement. As a graduate student, Katie has interned at the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources’ Property Planning Section and the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation’s Office of Rural Prosperity. Through her internships and coursework, she aims to investigate the ways in which planning practices and policies can help reduce social stratification and promote belonging.