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Celine Apollon

City Planning

CĂ©line Apollon is pursuing a Master of City Planning with a concentration in Community and Economic Development and Urban Design. Apollon is from Atlanta, Georgia, and completed her BS in economics with a minor in sustainable cities at Georgia Tech. While at Georgia Tech, she interned at the Georgia Department of Economic Development and the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. She also completed a year in a French exchange program in Paris at Sciences Po, with a focus of study on social and urban Economics. While adapting to a new environment in Paris, she volunteered at a local refugee residence called Les Cinq Toits. There, she developed an interest in placemaking for refugees and other marginalized communities. Her work with the refugee community continued as a volunteer welfare coordinator at a refugee camp in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Upon returning to Georgia Tech, Apollon interned for a year at Focused Community Strategies (FCS) with the Lupton Center where she completed work in Historic South Atlanta by developing the Flourishing Neighborhood Index tool to measure the health of a community with collected data at the neighborhood level. She is interested in the intersection of arts, culture, and urban design to continue challenging conventional urban planning practices and facilitate long-lasting and equitable community development rooted in place.