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Christen Hayes  

Christen Hayes joined Goodman Williams Group in November of 2018. She joins the team as an Associate, helping to complete market feasibility analyses for residential, retail, office and industrial projects in the City of Chicago and surrounding communities. 

Christen is responsible for collecting, analyzing, and visualizing primary and secondary data to prepare for reports and presentations, including various private sources such as Esri Business Analyst, CoStar, and ArcGIS, as well as government sources such as the American Community Survey and Chicago Cityscape. Major projects to date include redevelopment planning for the Sears Headquarters site in Hoffman Estates, TOD planning for the Red Line Extension, and updating an economic profile of the Loop for the Chicago Loop Alliance. 

Prior to joining Goodman Williams Group, Christen worked at the Chicago Loop Alliance, helping to boost economic development through placemaking initiatives and public space management. Centered on arts and culture, Christen worked to make the Loop an enjoyable place for workers, residents, and visitors, further promoting Chicago's downtown as a world class business district. 

Education: University of Illinois at Chicago, M.A. in Planning and Policy Spatial Planning & Design. Michigan State University B.A. in Political Science — Pre-Law. Additional, Global & Area Studies — International Development.Christen earned a Masters of Urban Planning and Policy degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), specializing in spatial planning and design. The research and design skills gained in the program allowed her to lead multiple projects throughout her tenure at UIC, working closely with non-profits such as Greater Chatham Initiative and Austin Coming Together on commercial corridor revitalization plans, and market feasibility studies. Christen attended the Interdisciplinary Urban and Community Planning program at Lucerne University in Switzerland, gaining perspectives on the architecture and social work as it pertains to planning and policy. 

Christen received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science — Pre-Law, with an additional degree in Global & Area Studies, specializing in International Development. She spent a semester studying sustainable tourism and development in Dominican Republic, sparking her interest in urban planning and policy. She is a member of the Urban Land Institute, and sits on the Urban Planning & Public Space Management Committee for Chicago Loop Alliance.