Kara Salazar

Assistant Program Leader and Extension Specialist for Sustainable Communities
Phone: 765.496.1070
Office: Forestry Building, Room 308
Address: 195 Marsteller St., West Lafayette, IN 47907-2033



Kara Salazar is Assistant Program Leader and Extension Specialist for Sustainable Communities, affiliated with Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant, Purdue University Extension, and the Purdue University Department of Forestry and Natural Resources. Working with multidisciplinary teams, Kara oversees the development and delivery of programs to support community planning and sustainable development strategies in communities across Indiana and Great Lakes states. Extension program focus areas include placemaking and enhancing public spaces, land use, green infrastructure, community development, facilitation and strategic planning. Kara additionally serves as a liaison between Illinois – Indiana Sea Grant and Purdue Extension. In this administrative role, she facilitates and coordinates collaborative activities between Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant and the Purdue Extension program areas of Community Development and Agriculture and Natural Resources.

Kara has a B.S. in public affairs and environmental science and a M.P.A. in natural resources management and nonprofit management from the Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs. She also received a M.S.Ed. degree from the IU School of Education at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) with concentrations in community building and science education. Additionally, she is pursuing a PhD part-time in Natural Resources Social Science at Purdue University. Kara is a certified planner (AICP) and a Professional Community and Economic Developer with credentials from LEED AP ND and the National Charrette Institute. Kara serves on the Indiana Land Resources Council, the Community Planning and Zoning Extension Community of Practice, and the Purdue Land Use Team.

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Daniel E. Walker

Community Planning Extension Specialist
Phone: 765.496.3245
Office: Forestry Building, Room 311
Address: 195 Marsteller St., West Lafayette, In 47907-2033


Daniel Walker is the Community Planning Extension Specialist for the Department of Forestry and Natural Resources at Purdue University and for the Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant program.

Daniel collaborates with Purdue Extension staff, community leaders, stakeholders, and interest groups within the Great Lakes Region through programs that combine research-based tools with community-planning processes to help determine and achieve the public interest.

Daniel is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) and has five years of municipal planning and economic development experience with the city of Lafayette, Indiana.

He earned a master’s degree of urban and regional planning from Ball State University and a bachelor’s degree in history from Monmouth College. He is also a licensed secondary educator in the State of Illinois.

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