Erin Chantry

Urban Designer/Planner
Stantec’s Urban Places Group

Erin Chantry is an urban designer and planner with Stantec’s Urban Places Group in Charlotte. Chantry has written for Next City, New Geography, and served as a journalist for the Congress for the New Urbanism. A native Charlottean, she also writes a blog, At the Helm of the Public Realm.


Chantry has expert knowledge in New Urbanism, LEED for Neighborhood Development and how sustainable city planning and urban design can be used as a catalyst for redevelopment. She has worked on a variety of projects for public and private-sector clients, with a primary focus on architecture, urban design, land use planning, design research, and sustainability.


  • Bachelor of arts in architecture from Washington University in St. Louis.
  • Master of arts in urban design from Oxford Brookes University in Oxford, England.
  • Master of science in urban planning from Oxford Brookes University.


Katie Zager

Social research specialist
Colvard 3043


Katie Zager is a social research specialist with UNC Charlotte Metropolitan Studies, where she works on the Quality of Life Dashboard and has worked with Carolinas Health Care system. She grew up in Anchorage, Alaska, and has also lived in Texas, California and Minnesota.


Zager received a bachelor's degree in geography in 2012 from Macalester College in St. Paul, Minn. In 2014 she earned a master's degree in geography from UNC Charlotte.


Zager works with Census data, neighborhood analyses and GIS mapping. Other interests include the relationship between health outcomes and neighborhood-level factors.

Jill Walker

Dilworth neighborhood activist
Dilworth Community Association


Born in the Bronx, Jill moved to Charlotte in 1980. Her earlier career included media support services at an NBC affiliate. As a long-time Dilworth resident, Walker has been active with the Dilworth Community Association. She also serves on the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Historic Landmarks Commission, the Dowd YMCA board and the Mecklenburg Livable Communities Plan, a collaborative community-wide effort to create a unified vision for growth in the region.


She received a B.S. in management from the State University of New York.


For the past 11 years Walker has served as the neighborhood liaison, working with both developers and the Charlotte Planning Department to ensure appropriate infill development in Dilworth, a growing uptown neighborhood. She recently co-chaired an inaugural  campaign to promote neighborhood-sponsored public art in Dilworth, where a large-format sculpture that honors the founding of the neighborhood now resides.