Dr. Kate Gasparro ’14

Dr. Kate Gasparro ’14 Receives 2022 Roaring10 Award

Kate Gasparro of Detroit, Michigan, graduated from Clemson in 2014 with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering, a minor in political science and the Norris Medal, awarded annually to the University’s most outstanding graduate. She continued her studies at Stanford University, earning a master’s degree in international policy, with a concentration in energy, environment and natural resources, and a doctorate in civil engineering, with a concentration in sustainable design and construction.

After Stanford, Kate worked as a project manager for FivePoint Communities LLC, one of California’s largest mixed-use, master-plan developers. She moved to Detroit in 2020 to join Bedrock, a full-service real estate firm specializing in city-building, as director of urban strategy and innovation. In 2022 she became the founding director of Bedrock’s Department of Land Development and Sustainability.

While in graduate school, Kate started her own company, Building Better Cities, through which she writes a bi-monthly newsletter that highlights current topics in urban sustainability and infrastructure delivery. She has served as a policy consultant to city and state municipalities in the United States and to international infrastructure organizations.

Kate’s current community activities include serving on the Detroit 2030 District Board and the Michigan Business Sustainability Roundtable. Kate also performs with the Detroit Community Concert Band. She was named a Mackinac Future Leader by the Detroit Regional Chamber and received the Notable Leaders in Sustainability recognition from Crain’s Detroit, which provides business news and information covering southeastern Michigan.