Stephanie Yee-Kay Chan is an urban planner and organizer with experience in local governance and community participation, particularly with immigrant and BIPOC communities. As a Project Manager, she supports Hester Street’s work as part of New York City’s Racial Justice Commission and its role in revising the City Charter to further racial equity and inclusivity. She brings knowledge of facilitation, strategic research, and coalition-building.
Stephanie previously worked as an Urban Planner for the Manhattan Borough President’s Office with a geographic focus on East Harlem, East Midtown, Lower East Side/Chinatown, SoHo/NoHo, and South Street Seaport. Her portfolio includes a variety of planning and resiliency projects such as Borough Based Jails, East Side Coastal Resiliency, and the SoHo/NoHo Neighborhood Plan. Beforehand, she worked at the Chinese-American Planning Council, Center for Urban Disaster Risk Reduction and Resilience, SHoP Architects, and in immigration and refugee studies as a paralegal.
She is currently a mutual aid coordinator with Bushwick Ayuda Mutua, a gardener for Plants for the People BK, and a new writer for Lausan Collective. Stephanie holds a M.S. in Urban Planning from Columbia University and a B.A. in Urban Studies from the University of California, Berkeley. She is a first generation immigrant from Hong Kong and lives in Brooklyn.