Chris Koch is a Pennsylvania native who moved back to Pittsburgh from the West Coast with a commitment to rebuild cities and combat urban sprawl. She has a Master of Public Policy and Management from The Heinz College at Carnegie Mellon. She has professional and academic experience in the areas of Community and Economic Development, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), and Construction Project Management. During her graduate work, she interned at the Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh, the Pittsburgh Department of City Planning, and the City of Tucson’s Office of Budgets and Research. For her Heinz College Masters thesis, she was part of the Greening Vacant Lots for Pittsburgh’s Sustainable Neighborhood Revitalization project in partnership with the Office of the Mayor. In 2007, she was a member of the award-winning Carnegie Mellon team for the Urban Land Institute’s Hines Urban Design Competition. While completing her Masters degree, she co-founded GTECH Strategies and currently services as the Chief Operating Officer. In 2008, she was awarded an Echoing Green Fellowship for social entrepreneurship for her work with GTECH. She received her BS in Social and Cultural History from Carnegie Mellon.