Alan is a second year PhD student and Sustainable Cities Initiative Fellow. He graduated from Pomona College with a B.A. in Integrated Global Political Economy. His work since has had the binding thread of community resilience, working on community asset development, technical assistance to communities, and monitoring and evaluation of local and government initiatives in India, southern Africa, and New Zealand. He returned to the School of Natural Resources & Environment at the University of Michigan for an M.S. in Sustainable Systems. Building on his masters practicum modeling local food systems, he worked on an urban agriculture plan for the City of Baltimore’s Office of Sustainability before coming to UT in 2010. Research interests include educational institutions for sustainability and anchoring institutions for urban regeneration.