I’m a planner and designer working with urban health and resilience. I did a MSc in Urban Environmental Management at Wageningen University and Delft Technical University in the Netherlands. In Rotterdam, I consulted with sustainability and design firms on municipal and national projects. We applied industrial ecology and material flow analysis to real-world innovative urban metabolic systems. As a Fulbright fellow and consultant in Addis Ababa, I managed Ethiopia’s first large-scale UNFCCC carbon financing project registration. I accounted for greenhouse gas emissions, supervised technical system development, and prepared the project design document.

Currently in Boston, I’m developing community-driven, resilient, and health-focused urban designs for public and private clients throughout North America with Stantec’s Urban Places Group. I love collaborating on multidimensional spatial programs to solve for quality of life, sustainability, market returns, and community needs. The Clinton Global Initiative and U.S. Green Building Council promoted my contributions as lead planner to the first WELL Building Standard district, a voluntary standard for human health and wellness. In community processes, I’ve deployed online collaborative mapping, social media, and engagement forums, and organized interactive stakeholder workshops and community design charrettes. I’m an advocate for active transportation and Boston Cyclists Union board member.

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