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Stefan Norgaard


Stefan Norgaard is a first-year PhD Student in Columbia University’s Department of Urban Planning. He is passionate about urban governance and participatory democratic practice, particularly how cities’ historical and contemporary public/private arrangements affect equitable development outcomes. This past summer, Stefan worked as a research fellow with the Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative, developing analytic cases of transformative city leadership.  Previously, Stefan worked in the Urban Design and Art division of New York City’s Department of Transportation, and on the Ford Foundation’s Equitable Development team. Stefan holds a master’s degree in public policy from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and a bachelor’s degree in urban studies and public policy from Stanford University. Stefan spent a formative year studying the enduring legacies of apartheid planning in post-apartheid Cape Town and Johannesburg, South Africa. Originally from Boulder, Colorado, he is passionate about political economy, urban governance and social justice.


Updated October 2019