After graduating from Dartmouth College in 2008, I moved back to my hometown – Cleveland, Ohio – and couldn’t bring myself to leave for New York or Boston like all my friends.
Instead, I started working for a local non-profit called Entrepreneurs for Sustainability, and then a sustainability consulting firm called BrownFlynn. I spent my nights and weekends writing for groups like the Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative, EcoWatch and Bioneers Cleveland, and, after a while, I decided to start my own project – Renovating the Rust Belt – to bring together all the inspiring stories of urban sustainability that were gathering around me.
As time passed, I became more involved in the revitalization of my post-industrial city. I acted on the Steering Committee for Sustainable Cleveland 2019 and started participating in the events and network of the Great Lakes Urban Exchange. The more I learned, the more I began to realize that some big changes need to take place: planning, policy, business, collaboration, community outreach—projects sprouting from the ground-up and reaching from the top-down. I needed to know more so that I could find the levers in these Great Lakes cities and begin pulling. So I decided to go back to school.
I’ve just graduated from the Masters of City and Regional Planning and Public Administration programs at The Ohio State University. While I was there, I founded and co-led a year-long independent study with 13 other graduate students to develop solutions to some of the Rust Belt’s challenges, which you can read about here. I currently work for the Greater Ohio Policy Center on smart growth issues such as urban revitalization, transit, and regionalism.
I’d love to hear from you, so give me a shout when you get a chance.
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