PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE //
City of Detroit | Planning and Development Department
Planner III | 2018 - present | Detroit, MI
- Jefferson Chalmers Neighborhood Plan
- East Warren / Cadieux Neighborhood Plan
City of Providence | Department of Planning and Development
Principal Planner | 2015 - 2018 | Providence, RI
Project manager for the Department's long-range planning initiatives with focus on redevelopment of post-industrial districts and equitable reinvestment in low-wealth urban neighborhoods. Crafted political strategy, designed and administered stakeholder engagement processes, selected and managed design consultants, secured grants and other resources, coordinated investment programs with public and private partners, and built and sustained relationships with community leaders, elected officials, and other stakeholders.
- 6-10 Connector Highway Redevelopment
- Broad Street / La Broa' Initiative
- Woonasquatucket Vision Plan (an EPA Brownfields Area-Wide Plan)
Urban Planner / Designer | 2011 - 2015 | Boston, MA
As project manager, led all stages of master planning projects, including: project marketing and interviews, contract negotiation, client relations, project administration, accounting, and oversight of subconsultants. Ideated urban design concepts with hand sketches and digital techniques, crafted policy proposals, designed and administered web-based and in-person stakeholder engagement processes.
- D Street Vision Plan/ Lawn on D; Boston, USA
- National Creative Cluster Master Plan; Beijing, China
- North Shore Community College Master Plan Update; Lynn, MA, USA
- University of Minnesota Rochester Campus Master Plan; Rochester, MN, USA
- Washington University in St. Louis East Campus Framework Plan; St. Louis, MO, USA
Urban Design Consultant | 2010 | New York, NY and Oranjestad, Aruba
Conducted site reconnaissance and materials research, and drafted preliminary design drawings for the Oranjestad Main Street Urban Design Plan: a (now completed) vision led by the Aruban Government to regenerate Oranjestad's main commercial street by redesigning it to complete streets standards, installing a new tram line, a creating a string of pocket plazas.
Urban Design Intern | 2010 | Beijing, PRC
Prepared conceptual designs and site plans for large-scale built work proposals. Produced diagrammatic and illustrative graphics using AutoCAD, 3D modeling software, and Adobe Creative Suite. Produced graphics to the Dazhuyuan Eco-village Master Plan pattern book, a participatory village planning project outside Hangzhou; and the Tangshan Jiaotong University Neighborhood Master Plan, a regeneration strategy for a 62-acre residential community that was destroyed in the 1976 Tangshan Earthquake.
- Dazhuyuan Eco-village Masterplan and Pattern Book; Anji County, China
- Tangshan Jiaotong University Neighborhood Master Plan; Tangshan, China
Assistant Project Manager | 2006 - 2007 | Boston, MA
Conducted financial feasibility analyses including pro formas; prepared applications for financing, grants, permits and entitlements; managed sub-consultants and vendors; and facilitated public participation processes for various affordable housing and mixed-use development projects in low-income neighborhoods of color in Boston.
- Jackson Square Revitalization; Roxbury/Jamaica Plain, Boston, USA
- St. Andrew the Apostle Church Redevelopment; Jamaica Plain, Boston, USA
TEACHING EXPERIENCE //
Boston Architectural College
Co-Instructor | Urban Design and Infrastructure Networks (LAN 2004) | Penniman, Kim | Spring 2015 - present
Rhode Island School of Design
Guest Critic | Urban Systems Studio (LDAR 2205) | Reed, Zhang | Spring 2016
Guest Critic | Micro Housing Studio (ARCH 21ST) | Briggs | Spring 2016
Guest Critic | Urban Design Principles (ARCH 2108) | Alvarado | Fall 2015
Roger Williams University | School of Architecture, Art, and Historic Preservation
Guest Critic | Advanced Topical Studio: Urban Design (ARCH 416) | Adams | Spring 2016
University of Pennsylvania | School of Design
Teaching Assistant | Urban Design Case Studies (CPLN 673) | Larice | Spring 2011
INDEPENDENT PROJECTS //
Founding Director | 2014 - 2017 | Boston, MA
Founding director of a collective of urban planners, designers, and urbanists that employs DIY, tactical interventions of the built environment to model enhancements to the community’s livability, social cohesion, and cultural landscape. Led the collective's steering committee, managed external partnerships, directed communication strategy, managed volunteer base, and directed project planning and implementation.
Volunteer | 2012 - 2014 | Cambridge, MA
Organized for pro-growth advocacy group and pioneer of the growing YIMBY movement (Yes In My Back Yard). Counteracted exclusionary, NIMBY (Not In My Back Yard) attitudes with positive campaigns for inclusive urbanism. Crafted social media campaigns, organized public fora, and assisted get-out-the-vote efforts.