I am an urban planner and geographer committed to putting critical ideas “to work” in professional practice in order to address our cities’ most pressing issues of equity and justice, in both domestic and international contexts. Through both intellectual and policy-oriented means as well as community organizing, I have worked to better ensure the success, not the mere destruction, of urban communities.
As a scholar and practitioner, I have developed a wide, flexible range of skills and tools that can help move us toward the future vision that I’ve just laid out. In my work I have deployed both quantitative and qualitative methods and specialized digital tools (e.g. ArcGIS, GPS, IMPLAN, SPSS, Excel, Adobe Creative Suite). In doing so, I have co-produced high-quality deliverables, ranging from entire books to policy reports and memorandums, for governmental and community-based clients.
I am also equipped--both practically and intellectually--for domestic and international work. Fluent in Portuguese, Spanish, and English, I have studied, researched, and worked in five countries: Brazil, the Dominican Republic, Argentina, Nicaragua, and Bolivia. With experience developing projects in participatory planning/design and critical ethnography in the Dominican Republic and Brazil, respectively, I am also well positioned for future work in the fields of international development and global engagement.
Lately I have more eagerly addressed domestic issues, such as the affordable rental housing crisis, for which I evaluated the administration of citywide rental housing subsidy programs in Austin, Texas. I have developed projects on this issue both independently and as a leading team member. I offer future employers specialized expertise in policy research, spatial analysis, and community outreach in order to craft comprehensive, empirically grounded solutions for affordable housing--one of urban America’s most dire crises.
My Approach to Urban Planning + Policy:
Cities have long been sites of inequality and conflict--a volatile reality to which we as planners have unfortunately contributed. Contrary to the status quo, I believe that we must not only recognize this uncomfortable past, but also glean from it key lessons that compel us to ethically shape our environments in ways that enable all communities to survive and thrive. This process must be democratic and imagine the future world that we want to build, while still grounded in everyday political realities, guided by those most directly affected by the problems we address. I believe that through strategic coalition-building, organizing, and policy work, we as planners, policymakers, and activists can reshape our cities as equitable and safe places for all.
- The University of Texas at Austin, Community & Regional Planning (M.S., 2017)
- The University of Texas at Austin, Latin American Studies (M.A., 2017)
- The Ohio State University, Geography (B.A., 2014)