About

Welcome to my web portfolio, a snapshot of my achievements, professional/academic projects, and travels.

My Story
People and places have shaped my professional path, influencing me to pursue work in public service, community development, and urban planning. Being a part of these worlds, stepping into rural towns and cities where people have nothing but their smiles and families has made me strive to work in a field that creates livable communities.  Whether it be a small rural town in Peru or a city with complex infrastructure like New York City, cities constantly need some form of attention. We can always do more to create better places for people and the environment.

My diverse experience includes drafting campaign finance legislation in San Francisco to coordinating re-zonings in New York City. Two years of urban planning coursework and experience and more than seven years of government experience provides me with a mix of technical and policy skills. I have a rare passion for gathering, organizing, and analyzing data, and use statistical packages and GIS to manipulate and visualize different types of datasets, which can be viewed in the Projects section.  Some research projects include Solar Financing in Berkeley, the Future of California’s Water Supply, and Red Hook, Brooklyn’s Food Vendors.

In addition, a paramount piece to policy is community engagement.  My experience includes working with formerly incarcerated community researchers in Richmond, CA, long-time tenants who were potentially getting evicted, and artists who were looking for spaces for their work.

Ambitions

I am constantly learning about the challenges that cities face and the possible solutions that may help to address these issues. It is critical to know how other cities approach similar problems, and what are the advantages and disadvantages.

I am looking for opportunities that place people and the environment first. With these priorities in mind, I also believe in good design on paper and on the street.  We  anticipate increased growth and development in the future, but only through thoughtful policy and planning can we ensure our communities continue to thrive.

My hope is to be involved in direct community engagement and contribute to projects that significantly make an impact on people’s lives.

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