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Bon Voyage! CLA's Doug Maisey to Japan, Beyond

Today, with a mixture of pride and sadness, we at Chicago Loop Alliance bid farewell to our urban planner, Doug Maisey, who has been a valuable part of the CLA family since June 2012.

Due to his stunning achievement in the 2012 Bank of America Chicago Marathon – finishing in an incredible 2:25:35 – Doug was awarded a flight to Osaka, Japan tomorrow morning to compete in the Osaka Marathon on October 27th. On his return he will be moving back to Pennsylvania with his fiancée, Grace Oplinger, to take the next step in his career.

Doug has always been an active, dedicated runner, quickly becoming a leader in both track and field and cross country at Wissahickon High School and then at University of Vermont. He was UVM’s top runner in all six cross country races in his senior year and finished his career as a five-time MVP and UVM’s leading runner in sixteen total races.

Anyone who knows Doug knows that this kind of dedication and extraordinary effort extends far beyond the track. Doug began here at CLA as an urban planning intern in June of 2012, and my colleagues and I are impressed every day by his thorough, good-natured professionalism in the work he does for CLA. Doug’s leadership and initiative in projects such as the Gateway – from installing Give to bringing in Chicago Street Musicians – and ACTIVATE – from organizing security to climbing precarious ladders and hanging the lights himself – was essential to their success. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg of his work.

As they say, though, all good things come to an end, and that’s the case for Doug’s tenure here at Chicago Loop Alliance. With his recent engagement and this once-in-a-lifetime trip to Japan, Doug decided that this is a good opportunity to move to the next step in his career. So after Osaka he’s returning to his home state of Pennsylvania with Grace to search for another urban planning position. Considering the great work he has done here at CLA, I am more than confident that he will excel in any organization that is lucky enough to find him.

From all of us at CLA, we sincerely wish you and Grace the best, Doug. You will be missed, but we know you’ll make us proud in all that you do.


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