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Cailean Kok

Project Manager, Placemaking

Cailean is an experienced planner and researcher whose career includes a half decade in the academic, nonprofit, government, and private sectors specializing in meaningful engagement, as well as transportation and community health projects. Combining this research and engagement experience, Cailean is working on the Healthy Places Program and the Bass Center for Transformative Placemaking at Project for Public Spaces.

Before joining Project for Public Spaces as a Project Associate, she had been a researcher at a major university, grants manager, and a principal planner with the City of Newark, NJ (where she resides). In 2016, she was the project manager that drafted New Jersey’s first ever Health andWellness comprehensive plan element as a part of the American Planning Associations’ Plan4Health initiative. Shortly after that, she was invited to join the steering committee in the development of the Healthy Communities Interest Group and to her appointment as one of the group’s founding chairs. As the chair of the Healthy Communities Collaborative (the group’s formal name), Cailean brings together people across the United States to share/expand resources and provide educational opportunities at the intersection of health and planning.

Professional Affiliations

American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) (License number:30500) 

Executive Committee Member – Professional Development Officer: AmericanPlanning Association (APA) - New Jersey Chapter 

Founding Co-Chair: Healthy Communities Collaborative, AmericanPlanning Association Interest Group

Volunteer Affiliations

Board Member: Brick City Bike Collective

Mentor: Big Brother Big Sister


M.A. City and Regional Planning, Rutgers University, Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning andPublic Policy, New Brunswick, NJ 

B.A. Urban Studies and Public Policy, The City University of New York, Hunter College, New York, NY