Paul Lillehaugen joined 100 Resilient Cities after completing his Masters in Urban Planning at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. During his studies, Paul concentrated on transportation planning, housing, and neighborhood development – he wrote his thesis on the residential land use impacts of Boston’s subway extensions in the latter half of the twentieth century. While in graduate school, Paul worked in real estate development and city planning for the Newark Community Economic Development Corporation in Newark, New Jersey and was involved with the Envision Cambridge community engagement and planning process in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Prior to graduate school, Paul worked for several years in health care technology consulting in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where he enabled effective communication and productive relationships between lawyers, technologists, business leaders, and sales executives. He led the implementation of health incentive programs for companies ranging from a few hundred employees to tens of thousands and coordinated process documentation and improvement efforts for an online appointment booking application.
While in Minneapolis, Paul volunteered as a member of the Community Affairs Committee of the Uptown Association – the civic-minded business association in his local neighborhood – where he was involved with a variety of initiatives, including Art Outside the Box, which leveraged city grants to foster connections between neighborhood stakeholders and to wrap utility boxes with public art commissioned from local artists.
While at the Graduate School of Design, Paul was the Co-President of the Harvard Urban Planning Association and was selected for the departmental award for Outstanding Leadership in Urban Planning. A Minnesota native, Paul holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Art from Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota.