I attended Barnard College in New York City. While I was in college, I majored in Urban Studies with a focus on Sociology, which really meant that I became fascinated by studying how humans interact with the built environment. My course work included classes on urban development, policy, and historic preservation, and my thesis examined historic racial neighborhood change in Boston.
While in college I pursued internship opportunities to further my knowledge and interest in the field. I interned at the Columbus Amsterdam Business Improvement District, where I focused on community-oriented projects such as public art installations and neighborhood event planning. I wanted to look for these work elements in my next internship while also exposing myself to an organization that focused on the actual planning process. From there I began interning at Project for Public Spaces, an urban planning organization focused on public space planning. My work at PPS included revamping the database of public spaces and speaking to global practitioners about public space best practices, as well as researching a Harlem public space and presenting my findings back to the staff. My experiences at these internships were extremely valuable in shaping my interest in urban planning.
I joined Public Works because it provided an opportunity to gain practical experience working on a variety of local issues. A lot of the work we do at Public Works is not urban planning, so I have gotten the chance to build on my knowledgebase through exposure to other work areas such as workforce development, strategic planning, and community outreach, all of which have been interesting to learn about. As an Analyst, I support the team on projects by carrying out a variety of tasks. I like that the work we do has a far-reaching impact across city agencies, non-profits, and communities around the City. It’s also great to work alongside coworkers who are so dedicated to these efforts.
Outside of the office I love to read, I love the beach, and I love to read on the beach. Beyond that, I enjoy hanging out with friends, talking politics and feminism, and making art. I am also a big NYC fan and am always looking for the next spot to explore. Podcasts are another interest of mine – my current favorites are Ear Hustle, KCRW’s Left Right and Center, and WNYC’s There Goes The Neighborhood. Let me know if you have any other recommendations!