I’ve always been one for new adventures. Not long ago I could fit everything I owned in my 1995 Toyota Camry (how I fit my entire library in there I’ll never know). That image of freedom and openness is core to my being and to this day I wake dreaming of unknown roads.
I went into urban planning with the desire to cultivate community change and social impact from the ground up. Starting in my local Costa Mesa, going out to villages in rural Kenya, and to the Dorchester neighborhood of Boston, I’ve witnessed neighborhood transformation through the hard work and collaboration of community leaders.
Consulting for a giant engineering and planning firm the past few years was like being in a refinery. I went in with my non-profit grit and idealism and learned a ton about how government works and what civic engagement can look like in park planning and freeway interchange improvements. I’ve been stretched to see how projects are made not only financially feasible but profitable, worked alongside inspiring leaders, and been foiled by corporate policies.
Today, I get to take all of these pieces to help launch a not-for-profit aimed at convening and catalyzing leaders to make sense of systemic problems in their cities and enact cooperatively developed solutions for the common good.
This lap has been simultaneously overwhelming and full of grace, yet now on the other side I can genuinely say I’m excited to come alongside smart, visionary people in developing something beautiful.
I’ll be in startup mode for the next few months, refining and testing ideas while building a sustainable business model. This is the beginning of a journey and I’d love for you to come along! I’ll be posting updates here on what we’re up to and what it’s like to start something new. I can’t wait to hear your thoughts, questions, and dreams of what’s possible in your own community!