Yelena Onnen

Yelena Onnen

MURP 2015

Transportation Planner

Jefferson County, Colorado

What have you been up to since you finished the MURP program? 

After graduation, I accepted a position as the Transportation Planner in the Transportation and Engineering Division at Jefferson County.

How did you become interested in your field?

I love places and I wanted to learn more about the decision-makers, history, and policies shaping our built environment and communities.

What have been the biggest challenges in your career?

Occasionally I must implement ideas and policies that are in opposition to my personal views.

In what ways has your MURP degree had an impact on your career and who you are today?

I applied for entry-level planner positions for five years and never received an interview prior to earning my MURP. The MURP program opened the doors to the planning profession and enabled me to pursue the work I enjoy. Personally, I became a more informed and engaged citizen.

What would you say to a prospective student that is considering CU Denver’s MURP program?

This program will provide you with the academic foundation to make you a qualified planning professional. You are in charge of making yourself standout; so, take chances, get to know your professors, and make meaningful connections in the planning community.

What was your favorite part about your time at CU Denver?

My favorite part about my time at UCD is the amazing people I met who are now my close friends and who continue to support and challenge me personally and professionally.