Rebecca Cordes Chan

Executive Director at Friends of the Rail Park

Rebecca Cordes Chan is the Executive Director of the Friends of the Rail Park, the organization dedicated to bringing the Rail Park– a vision for a 3.1 mile greenway and infrastructure reuse project– to life.

Prior to joining the Rail Park, Rebecca was the program officer for the National Economic Development and Creative Placemaking programs at Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), where she managed a portfolio of projects focused on using arts- and culturally-based strategies as tools for inclusive economic development.

Rebecca’s recent projects include facilitating a creative placemaking peer learning circle for the National Coalition for Asian Pacific American Community Development, and co-designing the Local Leaders’ Institute on Creative Placemaking, a leadership initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts and LISC.

Rebecca has been recognized as a Funders Network PLACES Fellow, and a Fellow and Co-Facilitator of the Salzburg Global Forum for Young Cultural Innovators. She received her MS from the University of Pennsylvania’s Weitzman School of Design, and a BA from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

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