In 2008 I left my hometown of oil-fueled Midland, Texas for New York City. I wanted to study physics (and had teenage dreams of working for NASA) but soon realized I’m more interested in people than planets. Eventually, I found my way to urban planning, where there are still forces acting on the world, but many of these forces are human-made, such as structural racism, economic incentives, or political boundaries that shape our environment and our outcomes.
I consider myself a researcher and a teacher. I want to learn all I can about how the world works, while also taking the wonky policies, concepts, and analyses planners consider in our decision-making and making them accessible to the communities our decisions ultimately impact.
After a decade in NYC, I recently returned to Texas. I am currently working for the City of San Antonio’s Planning Department and learning all I can about planning in Texas from the perspective of local government. This fall, I am beginning a part-time PhD program in Applied Demography at the University of Texas San Antonio and looking forward to tapping into the educational community here.
I’ve previously worked in the research and advocacy realm as a Senior Planner for Housing and Neighborhood Planning at Regional Plan Association, focusing on regional issues such as promoting local arts and culture, limiting health disparities, and creating affordable housing. As I continue my studies, I am hoping to pursue more teaching opportunities. I was previously given the tremendous opportunity as a Visiting Assistant Professor at Pratt Institute where I taught demographic and economic planning methods.
My other professional interests include innovative participatory planning, education tools/games, community economic development, and environmental justice. At other times I enjoy cooking, crafting, singing, and making a new home in San Antonio.