Kara is a planner and urban designer with more than 10 years of national experience for both public and private sector clients. She joined Principle Group in 2014, and prior to that worked for 8 years with Town Planning & Urban Design Collaborative cultivating their New England practice. Her work has focused on revitalization of transitioning downtowns, redevelopment of outdated retail corridors, and common sense transportation plans that promote safety and economic value. She has also spearheaded a new generation of Comprehensive Plans as well as innovative form-based codes that open the door for high quality investment. Believing in the importance of bringing national best practices to the forefront of New England planning, Kara was a co-founder of the New England Chapter of the Congress for the New Urbanism in 2004 and served as the organization’s first president. She lives in Portland, Maine.