Briefly tell us where you work and what you do.
Senior Planner at GRAEF: GRAEF provides a diverse and advanced set of design services not only to the greater Milwaukee region, but also to public and private sector clients nationally. The planning, urban design, and landscape architecture group is a progressive studio comprised of a steadfast, forward-thinking team.
Often, local professionals view brokerage as brokerage, development as development, planning as planning, finance as finance, and community development as community development. Infrequently, we make a collective effort to weave these components in a way that truly results in the highest and best use for a site. In every project, stitching together these separate frameworks is and will be a key part of my role as Senior Planner. Through master planning, redevelopment projects, grant writing, and urban design, I will collaboratively implement projects that foster community and neighborhood vitality, public health, and the essential ‘triple bottom line.’
Which project do you love the most or are most proud of?
One of the most rewarding processes I have managed involved working directly with members of a Wisconsin Town government on land use planning, documentation, public participation, and testimony to reach the Town’s successful incorporation as a Village.
What is the last book that you read/movie that you watched?
Book: “Getting Past No” by William Ury & Movie: Lincoln
What is your favorite food?
The Sunrise muffin from Stone Creek (made by City Market) and the Super Energy Bar at Cedarburg Coffee Roastery are among the favorites.
Favorite superhero or other fictional character?
Dr. Ellie Arroway from the movie Contact: her character is relentless in the realm of scientific research, and she’s willing to put herself on the line in the name of academic advancement.
Tell us something we don’t know about you.
I believe strongly that you can learn at least one new perspective from anyone. No matter what a person’s age, life experience, profession, or personality, each of us can learn from one another. As such, I expect people to push their egos aside when in conversation and just get down to business. Ask one another good questions. Converse for the sake of learning, not talking. Make one another laugh. Know that the best relationships come from genuine dialogue.
Any other hobbies outside of work?
My husband, Mike Hacker, and I own an old cream city brick Italianate in downtown Milwaukee that celebrated its 140th birthday in 2012. We both enjoy the process of rehab and redefining existing spaces.
Iphone? Blackberry? Android? What’s your preferred method of communication?
The iPhone and 1st generation iPad are household staples.
Stephanie can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org