Miriam Zuk Joins Enterprise's Chicago Market Team

Zuk to lead equitable, healthy and sustainable development in greater Chicago

CHICAGO (Jan. 28, 2019) – Enterprise welcomes Miriam Zuk as senior program director in the Chicago market, where she will lead our work on equitable, healthy and sustainable development. Zuk has been advancing environmental and housing justice through research and policy for more than 15 years.

She is the co-founder of the Urban Displacement Project, a research and action lab at the University of California at Berkeley. Zuk is widely published and quoted on the issues of neighborhood change, gentrification, displacement and equitable and sustainable development. Most recently she worked as a consultant with the Illinois Public Health Institute to strengthen health and housing partnerships in Cook County. Before becoming an urban planner, she worked on improving air quality in urban environments, serving as the deputy director of Air Quality Research for the Mexican Ministry of Environment in the early 2000s.

Zuk believes in the importance of collaboration and community engagement, and she is excited to begin partnering with local collaboratives and communities to advance equitable development throughout Chicago. Her background as a first-generation American and a grandchild of Holocaust survivors instilled in Zuk the value to honor difference and the drive to fight against oppression from an early age. These same values motivate her current efforts to fight for an equitable society that gives all people access to freedom and opportunity.

Zuk has a Ph.D. in urban planning from the University of California at Berkeley, a master's degree in technology and policy from M.I.T. and a bachelor's degree in environmental science from Barnard College.

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