Observing. Exploring. Creating.
I have over a decade of experience in public policy, community planning, and environmental design. My work is firmly grounded in local ecology, with design solutions rooted in site analyses and context of place. I am intrigued at the balance between art and science, built and natural, chaos and order. I am passionate about creating beautiful, adaptive, and resilient landscapes that benefit people and the environment. Driven by a sense of possibility, I follow my curiosity and dive in.
My interest in this field began as a Teach for America corps member in the colonias of the Rio Grande Valley on the US - Mexico border, a community grappling with the challenges of population growth, a changing agricultural economy, and lack of infrastructure. Since the early 2000s I've worked largely in urban communities, both in public policy and as an urban planner. I am a founding partner in Conducive Development, a real estate firm in New England. We are developing the first regenerative agrihood in the US on a historic property in Peterborough, NH, slated for completion in summer 2019. I currently live in Jackson, WY where I work as a land use planner by day and freelance as a designer for Tjaden Design Associates, a landscape architecture and land use planning firm based in Annapolis, MD.
Design: Adobe Creative Suite, AutoCAD (and Civil 3D), SketchUP, hand-sketching
Mapping: ArcGIS, QGIS, MapInfo, land surveying, LiDAR mapping
People: public speaking, fluent Spanish, community engagement, client management, fundraising/grant writing
The Conway School (MSc., Ecological Design)
University of Wisconsin - Madison (BA, Political Science)
Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile