As Project Coordinator, Ellen Manasse is responsible for working closely with project managers, associates and administrators on economic development and community outreach initiatives at Target Group. Ellen has experience in urban planning and development, geographic information systems, as well as historic preservation in the Chicago area. She brings her expertise in the fields of urban planning, architecture, and urban design to provide consulting advice for Target Group. Ms. Manasse assists with reports and makes recommendations based on data and analyses, providing planning and on-site support.
On assigned projects, Ellen:

  • Compiles, analyzes, and reports on MBE/WBE/DBE and EEO data
  • Develops project reports and makes recommendations based on data and analyses
  • Assists with site visits, community outreach initiatives and events
  • Provides planning and onsite support
  • Manages certified payroll process and oversees monthly submittals as required by the city, agencies and clients.
  • Supervises other team members through quality control of certified payrolls and outreach coordination.
  • Establishes and maintains client relationships as appropriate
  • Participates in process improvement related to projects


  • Data collection and statistical analysis
  • M/W/DBE & EEO compliance monitoring
  • Community and Local Business Outreach
  • Geographic Information Systems
  • Comprehensive Planning
  • Survey Design and Statistical Analysis
  • Strategic Planning
  • Land Use Planning
  • Economic Development


  • Masters in Urban and Regional Planning, University of Michigan
    • Specialization in Physical Planning and Design
  • Professional Certificate in Geographic Information Systems, Michigan State University
  • B.A. in Architecture, University of Minnesota- Twin Cities
    • Minors in Urban Studies and Spanish


  • American Planning Association
  • Planners Network