Cristen Hardin (MUP '16) named winner of APAs Emerging Planner Award

October 28, 2021

A huge congratulations to Planning at Illinois Alum Cristen Hardin (MUP 2016) for winning the Emerging Planner Award. Each year, the American Planning Association Illinois Chapter recognizes the best in planning across Illinois with their annual awards program. “Her leadership and initiative helped to renew and propel the Pro Bono Program into the award-winning program that it is today. Cristen became actively involved in APA-IL in 2018 as a member of the Pro Bono Committee. She provided valuable information and expertise to shape the program and project selection process. In 2020, Cristen volunteered to lead the Stites Township Park District project. Cristen is a regular attendee at APA-IL Coffee Talks, has served on the APA-IL Awards Jury, and has taken strides to get to know her peers and lend her experience and expertise. She embodies what it means to be a planner through her volunteer work and leadership and there is no doubt she will continue to achieve greatness throughout the course of her career.” -APA-IL

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