I believe that the power of any place starts with the intersections it fosters. I learned this growing up in my family’s restaurant, a meeting ground for our community. Ever since, I've worked to facilitate a meaningful crossroads of diverse people in diverse contexts, from our campuses to our workplaces to our cities. These days I'm exploring how we can make our cities more inclusive through everything from equitable economic development to anti-racism to people-first urban design. My experience runs the gamut from design strategy consulting to corridor revitalization, from neighborhood-based climate adaptation to municipal service redesign. A native of Worcester, Mass., I've lived, studied and worked in Washington, D.C., Paris, rural Tanzania, San Francisco, Chicago, Cambridge, New Orleans, and New York City. I hold a bachelor’s degree, magna cum laude, from Georgetown University in Government, French, and Arabic, and a dual master's degree in urban planning, with distinction, from the Harvard Graduate School of Design, and in public administration from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. I’m currently working at Gehl in New York City to make our cities better for people.
Completed my thesis on racial integration along the Nostrand Avenue commercial corridor of Crown Heights, Brooklyn — for more, visit the project microsite
Graduated with my MPA from Harvard Kennedy School and MUP from Harvard Graduate School of Design, with distinction, where I won the award for Outstanding Leadership in Urban Planning
Helped launch the Just City Assembly in April — a convening of leading practitioners focused on issues of justice in design
Working at Gehl, a people-driven urban design and planning firm with offices in New York, San Francisco, and Copenhagen
Settling into life in Brooklyn
Discovering new ways of building community in our cities, on and off the clock