Katie O’Connor, AICP, is the Community Research Manager with the Partnership for Inclusive Innovation (PIN). In this role, she is responsible for advancing community research through meaningful engagement between municipalities and researchers, utilizing the Georgia Smart Communities Challenge and similar programs as a vehicle to improve the human condition. These projects are initiated at the local level and carried out by those who can practically apply the research, with a focus on inclusivity for access to technology and innovation across the state and beyond.
Before joining the Partnership and Georgia Tech, Katie served as Deputy Director of Community Development and Senior City Planner for the City of Woodstock. Working in Woodstock for over a decade, Katie’s local government and planning experience helps her to facilitate the research/government relationships that are crucial to the success of community research projects.
Katie earned both her Master of Design for Sustainability and Bachelor of Fine Art in Sculpture from the Savannah College of Art and Design. She earned the AICP (American Institute of Certified Planners) credential in 2017 and is an active member of the Georgia Planning Association. Katie serves as the Vice President of the Board of Directors for Woodstock Arts, a nonprofit arts organization doing amazing things. An Augusta, Georgia, native, Katie is passionate about all aspects of local success for communities and is grateful to continue to serve the public, widening her scope across state of Georgia and beyond.
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