Elisabeth Altazan is a second year dual degree student in the Master in Public Affairs program at the LBJ School and the Community and Regional Planning program at the UT School of Architecture. She currently works as the Grants Coordinator TA for the Center for Sustainable Development. 

Before coming to graduate school, Altazan worked for several  managed a federally funded Healthy Communities initiative for Louisiana State University. In this role, she worked with several rural and under-resourced communities in LA and saw first-hand the massive impacts policies and planning decisions have on bettering or worsening social and economic disparities. Before working for the LSU AgCenter, Altazan worked for Capital Area Unite Way, where she consulted with local non-profits and oversaw local grant funding.

Altazan's primary reserach interest is the intersection of housing policy and community development, and urban management. During her studies, Altazan has interned for both the City of Austin Transportation Department and the Neighborhood Housing and Community Development Department, and plans to work in local government after completing her Masters' degrees. 


  • Master of Science in Community and Regional Planning, University of Texas at Austin (Expected May 2020)
  • Master of Public Affairs, The LBJ School of Public Affairs, University of Texas at Austin (Expected May 2020)
  • Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and French, Louisiana State University, 2014
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