The built environments around me have always sparked my interest. From Philadelphia to NYC to Costa Rica and Cuba, I have researched and studied numerous accounts of urban revitalization and emerging city centers. I aspire to work in the field of urban planning where I will be able to hone my skills in community, economic, and real estate development and garner the tools necessary to be a leading player in creating equitable neighborhoods. I am also interested in innovative financing strategies for producing affordable housing and supporting small businesses, as well as, analyzing the relationships between public health, school reform, and city planning. I recently earned my graduate degree in the Master of City Planning program at the University of Pennsylvania, concentrating in public-private development, on full scholarship.
At a practical level, my experience has equipped me with many of the technical skills needed to excel in the city planning profession. I am well versed in planning theory and history, mapping programs, urban design software, housing policy, and real estate development financial tools. I’ve given many presentations and am confident in my written and oral kills. In tandem with these skills, I believe one of my greatest assets to be leveraged is my personal and professional commitment to the future of the city. As a resident of Philadelphia, I have been extremely active in the community. My personal experiences with neighborhoods throughout the city have allowed me to forge meaningful relationships with local change-makers and gain nuanced information about how our city works and ways in which it can be better.
I am currently a Project Analyst with the Philadelphia Housing Authority. In this role, I am actively participating in reporting on best practices on public housing asset repositioning, crafting workforce development and job growth proposals, and serving residents through the HUD CNI program, and more.