About

I graduated from the Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University in 2013, with a multidisciplinary background and a passion for environmental design. I majored in Planning and Public Policy with a minor in Environmental and Business Economics and Certificates in Environmental Planning, Urban Planning and Community Sustainability. My educational background is catered towards creating and supporting economically and environmentally viable communities. I believe this goal can be accomplished through multidisciplinary collaboration, innovative design solutions, and ethical public policy decisions.

I believe that design should be human-scaled, mixed-use, pedestrian oriented, and interactive. My mission is to create and promote healthy, sustainable and economically thriving communities. I am a self taught-botanist with a passion for agriculture: I believe that food landscapes are a wonderful way to educate the public and inspire them to make healthier decisions. I envision communities where public parks and greenways provide mobility and access to community resources, thus enhancing the social fabric of the community.

I have internalized the “cradle to cradle” design paradigm as a guideline for my future practices. The C2C paradigm emphasizes the importance of intelligent design that addresses the goal of zero waste, in which materials are viewed as nutrients circulating in healthy, safe metabolisms. I have a vision for propagating biomimicry, the science of using nature’s models as design solutions to human problems. These innovative design solutions will bring us closer to the goal of optimizing aspects of equity, ecology, and economy. Design must reflect a new spirit that sees nature and commerce as mutually coexisting rather than mutually exclusive. I have the capability to promote sustainability by designing and fostering beautiful spaces, which exemplify these principles.

Skills/Competencies:

  • Well versed in Land Use issues and zoning
  • Able to organize correspondence, reports data and other project information
  • Advanced research skills and exceptional technical writing abilities
  • Knowledge of environmental codes, laws and regulations
    • Familiar with Environmental/Zoning Statutes: CEQR, SEQR, NEPA and NJ Municipal Land Use Law
    • Capable of developing plans to diminish, improve or eliminate environmental risk
  • Able to analyze and create remediation strategies and techniques
    • Innovative, cost effective, and creative design solutions
  • Experience with drafting designs, schematics and maps of varying types
  • Review maps, aerial photos, data, and field investigation reports and interpret data for planning usage
  • Passionate about sustainable energy and water management practices
    • Familiar with LEED design & living building standards
  • Proficient in GIS, SPSS, Google Apps for Business, GoogleSketchup, Microsoft Office, and Adobe  
  • Understanding of Strategic Planning, Program Development and Implementation
  • Experience with community development, asset-mapping  and public participation techniques
  • Experience conducting zoning studies and writing technical reports
    • Able to conduct Environmental Assessments and Impact Statements

 

Key Courses:

  • Research Methods
  • Open Spaces Planning and Management
  • Environmental Design Analysis
  • Fundamentals of Environmental Geomatics
  • Principles of Urban Planning
  • Designing for Sustainability
  • Urban Revitalization
  • Community Development
  • Physical Design and Site Planning
  • Designing America’s Cities and Suburbs

Awards: 

  • Magna Cum Laude
  • Dean’s List Spring 2008-2013
  • Member of the Douglass Institute for Women’s Leadership and Success
  • Undergraduate Award for Academic Achievement 2011
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