Chris DiStasi is an urban designer at Interface Studio, LLC, a planning and design firm with extensive experience helping cities understand how public spaces can be catalysts for city-wide and neighborhood-level change. His work takes a data-driven approach to planning and design, using both large scale geospatial analysis and on-the-ground primary research methods. He is especially interested in the role that parks, libraries, and other civic assets play in building stronger, more resilient communities. Chris formerly worked as a researcher for the nonprofit Public Agenda, investigating ways to increase civic participation and engage citizens around complex issues. He holds a Master of City Planning degree from the University of Pennsylvania where he focused on urban design and a bachelor’s in history from the University of Rochester.