Hannah “Hank” Kelley is a city planner based in Detroit.
She works in the Community and Economic Development Department in Ferndale, Michigan, and previously worked at the Detroit Department of Transportation and Michigan Suburbs Alliance. She is a Master of Urban Planning candidate at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
She entered into the urban planning profession because she genuinely loves working in public service and because she appreciates taking a systems approach to complex problems. She is often confronted with concrete planning challenges in the form of community organizing, public transit service, historic preservation and regional policy.
Her projects range from teaching crash-courses in understanding public transit systems, to weaving and guiding bicycle tours. She has translated among English, Spanish and Portuguese for clients as diverse as Canadian consulting firms, community micro-finance projects, and refugee-shelters. In previous lives she worked as a law clerk, assistant bookkeeper, and waitress.
Kelley’s planning interests include socially just revitalization, public transportation systems, zoning/regulatory reform, free-libre-open source initiatives and community led research.