Program Director and Lead, Cities for People at the McConnell Foundation
She worked for 25 years in participatory city planning, urban revitalization, and economic and real estate development in North America and Europe. The range of her work spans from a Peace Corps tour of duty in Central Europe post-fall of the Berlin wall, to economic development planning in marginalized neighborhoods of US cities, to her current role with the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation in Canada.
She is passionate about bridging innovative local action on the ground with policy and systems change. She had the chance to work on that ‘agency-structure’ bridge in roles at Groundwork UK, Oakland Planning and Development Corporation, and the Montreal Urban Ecology Centre. She holds a BS from Eastern University in St. Davids, an MBA in Real Estate Development and Urban Land Studies from Temple University in Philadelphia, and a Master of Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Pittsburgh. She recently completed a PhD in Urban Planning, Policy and Design at McGill University in Montreal.