Kethia Joseph

Kethia Joseph

Senior Manager

Kethia Joseph leads Public Works Partners’ Emergency Planning & Management work, designing systems to help communities plan and coordinate resources to prepare for future disaster. Kethia leads multi-stakeholder initiatives to develop strategies to build the economic and programmatic capacity of clients so that they can respond and adapt in the face of myriad challenges. She brings experience leading the New York City Department of Small Business Services’ Neighborhood Planning practice, where she coordinated strategy, developed data-driven processes, and spearheaded commercial revitalization initiatives for place-based projects and programs across the City.


  • Previously worked in various roles, most recently as Executive Director, for Neighborhood Planning for the Neighborhood Development Division of the NYC Department of Small Business Services, where she focused on supporting neighborhoods by developing innovative and data-centric processes for economic development and resiliency.
  • Worked with community partners and leaders to address issues of recovery, sustainability, and resilience in the face of climate change as Coordinator for Pratt RAMP (Resiliency Adaptation Mitigation & Planning)
  • M.S. City & Regional Planning, Pratt Institute
  • B.S. Environmental Design, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Outside Public Works

  • Consultant for BlackSpace, a collective of Black urbanists who specialize in various fields of design, including architecture, urban design, art, planning, and activism.
  • Enjoys rollerblading along the Hudson River Parkway.
  • Spends time mastering various multicultural dishes, especially NYT Cooking recommendations.

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