Planning + Community Development 

Below are some examples of recent projects. 

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Land Use Planning

As a land use planner for Teton County, Wyoming in the heart of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, the interplay of conservation, development, and affordable housing was at the heart of my position. Projects ranged from reviewing building permits to more complex development plans. I assisted in drafting new regulations for natural resource protections and regularly presented proposals before elected officials. (2017 - 2019)

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14th & Kennedy Farmers Market

Founded in 2015, this weekly event in NW Washington, DC activates an otherwise empty intersection. Its presence has helped spur revitalization in the corridor and was the catalyst for the neighborhood's recent Main Street designation. The market serves a diverse community, offering programming for kids as well as assistance for low income neighbors. (2015)

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Public Art

Turning a concrete wall into a mural, an abandoned phone both into a listening station, these are just some of the projects that I helped conceive in my time with the City of Takoma Park, Maryland. I produced a monthly documentary film screening, performing arts events, a lecture series, and poetry readings, and oversaw installations in our four gallery spaces. (2012 - 2016)

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Education Policy

Funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, I spearheaded studies for a DC-based policy and advocacy organization that explored on the role of collective bargaining agreements in schools’ ability to attract and retain effective teachers. I partnered with the ACLU, NAACP and local chambers of commerce to help communities re-frame teacher contract negotiations to better align with student achievement goals. Additionally, I published four white papers and an article in Education Next, “Invisible Ink in Collective Bargaining Agreements,” (Harvard University Press). (2004 - 2012)

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Audio Mapping

Pushing the bounds of map making I teamed up with radio producer Jocelyn Frank and GIS lead Jay Gregory to create an auditory depiction of physical space and form. We presented at MIT's Listening to the City Conference and the Megapolis Audio Festival in Philadelphia.  Part art piece, part tool for the visually impaired, part method for planners and designers, check out one of the audio maps we made of impervious surfaces in Cambridge, MA. (2017)