Rachel Garshick Kleit, Ph.D.
Chair of Steering Committee

Dr. Kleit is the Head of the City and Regional Planning Section at the Knowlton School of Architecture at the Ohio State University. Until 2012, she was an associate professor in the Evans School of Public Affairs and an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Urban Design and Planning both at the University of Washington. She received a Bachelor of Arts, with Highest Honors in History, cum laude, from Brandeis University, a Master of Arts in Urban and Environmental Policy from Tufts University, and a PhD in City and Regional Planning from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Kleit’s research interests include housing mobility and location choice, affordable housing policy, housing as a poverty alleviation strategy, equity impacts of economic development, urban and regional disparity. She teaches courses on affordable housing policy, metropolitan policy, social equity, and advanced planning theory.