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 program and have one year left of the Public Administration degree at The Ohio State University. While here, I founded and co-lead 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. Outside of studies, I 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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