Masters in Urban Planning and Policy
          Economic Development Specialization

UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO, Chicago, Illinois, 2000
Bachelor of Arts in History with General Honors

DEEP SPRINGS COLLEGE, Deep Springs, California, 1997
          Associate, Liberal Arts

Professional Experience

DevelopmenTopia, Chicago, IL, 2011-present
President and Owner
  • Economic development and planning consulting firm
  • Econometrics for local policy makers
  • Nuanced commercial corridor analytics
  • Action-oriented redevelopment planning
  • Facilitating public-private partnerships
  • Place-making programs

VILLAGE OF RICHTON PARK, Illinois, 2008-2011
Economic Development Director
  • Oversaw 13% increase in retail sales, 25% decrease in commercial vacancy during recession
  • Manager of two Village-owned shopping centers (50,000 sf GLA total)
  • Tax Increment Financing (TIF) District administrator for 5 TIF districts, responsible for budgeting, reporting requirements and JRB meetings
  • Negotiated successful TIF redevelopment agreements with private developers
  • Established small business TIF program that supported façade renovation projects
  • Directed $300,000 rehabilitation, releasing and stabilization of Lakewood Plaza
  • Co-Project Manager/Owners Representative for $3.7 million new community center
  • Wrote grant applications resulting in more than $80,000 in County Block Grant and foundation support of Village initiatives
CITY DESIGN CENTER, University of Illinois at Chicago, 2005-08
Assistant Director, 2007- 2008
  • Developed new projects and funding
  • Directed self-funded community assistance program
  • Managed operations and finance
Coordinator of Technical Assistance Programs, 2005-2007
  • Project manager for 6 community planning and design assistance projects
  • Responsible for project development, outreach and drafting proposals
  • Developed over $100,000 in new funded community assistance projects
  • Supervised and trained project staff

RCN TELECOM OF ILLINOIS, Chicago, Illinois, 2000-03
Building Services Supervisor, 2001-2003
  • Managed operations and facility projects for multiple office, warehouse and technical facilities in Chicago
  • Supervised 4 full-time employees
  • Managed build-out of 30 seat call center
  • Managed close-out activities for 5 office facility closings

Volunteer Activities

Web Administrator, East Beverly Association, Beverly Neighborhood Chicago, 2010-present

Executive Committee Member, Beverly Area Planning Association, 2010-present

Professional Associations

American Planning Association, 2004-14
Illinois Chapter of the American Planning Association, 2004-14
Illinois Development Council, 2008-11
Illinois Tax Increment Association, 2008-11
International Council of Shopping Centers, 2008-11

Presentations and Conferences

Presenter and Panel Moderator, "When the City Owns It: Municipal Ownership of Commercial Properties" Illinois Chapter of the American Planning Association State Conference, Evanston, IL October 2011.

Panel Moderator, “Follow the Money—Economic Incentives and Other Programs” Illinois Real Estate Journal Business and Economic Development Conference—Focus 2010, Tinley Park, IL, July 2010.

“Practical Tools for Local Economic Development” presentation for the Government Partnership for Economic Development’s Small Business Forum, Chicago, IL, March 2010.

“Using Participatory Games as Design Artifacts in Community-Based Planning” invited paper presenter as a part of panel session Design and Govermentality: ethnographic approaches to civic designing and the tangibility of governance, American Anthropological Association National Conference, Washington D.C. November 2007.


"Windy City Backyard Chicken Resource Guide" (author, co-editor), Chicago Chicken Enthusiasts, 2013

"Crystal Lake Virginia Street Design Guidelines" (contributor) City Design Center, 2008

"Palos Park Green Downtown Development Plan" (editor and co-author) City Design Center, 2008.

Ford Heights Industrial District Development Plan (editor and co-author) City Design Center, April, 2008.

"Bryn Mawr Business District Workgroup Workshop Results" (author) March 2008.

Edgewater Red-Line Corridor Revitalization Study (editor and co-author) City Design Center, January 2008.

"Historic Chicago Greystone Initiative Baseline Indicators Report" (co-author) City Design Center, October 2007

"Resources, Tools, Programs and Strategies for Retail District Revitalization"(editor) City Design Center, May 2007

"East Garfield Park, Quality and Opportunity: a Retail and Urban Design Plan" (co-author) City Design Center, February 2007  

"Northwest Highway Revitalization Task Force Final Report" (contributor) Norwood Park Chamber of Commerce and Industry, January 2007

Historic Chicago Greystone Initiative Planning Phase Report” (co-editor) City Design Center, December 2005.

Burnham Comprehensive Retail Plan” (co-editor) City Design Center, December 2005.

Rogers Park Comprehensive Retail Study” (contributing author) City Design Center, October 2005.

City of Whiting, Indiana, Commercial Redevelopment Plan” (contributing author) City Design Center, August 2005.

Village of Worth Comprehensive Retail Plan” (contributor) City Design Center, September 2004.

Sponsored Research

"Palos Park Green Downtown Development Plan" Village of Palos Park (2008), Principal Investigator

"Bryn Mawr Revitalization Sessions" Hollywood North Park Community Association (2007), Principal Investigator

"Crystal Lake Virginia Street Design Guidelines" City of Crystal Lake (2007), Co-principal Investigator.

"East Garfield Park Retail Revitalization Plan Implementation (ROADMAP 2007)" Garfield Park Conservatory Alliance, Co-principal Investigator.

"Crystal Lake Historic Neighborhood Housing Study" City of Crystal Lake (2007),  Co-principal Investigator.

"Ford Heights, Industrial District Development Plan" Cook County Department of Planning and Development, Village of Ford Heights (2007). Co-principal Investigator.

“Edgewater Red Line Corridors Revitalization Study” Edgewater Development Corporation (2007). Co-principal Investigator.

“Northwest Highway Business Corridor Study” Norwood Park Chamber of Commerce and Industry (2006-7). Co-principal Investigator.

“East Garfield Park Comprehensive Retail and Urban Design Plan” Garfield Park Conservatory Alliance, Chicago, IL (2006). Co-principal Investigator.

“Historic Chicago Greystone Initiative program evaluation.” Driehaus Foundation, Chicago, IL (2005-10). Research Staff.

“Whiting, Indiana, Commercial Redevelopment Plan” City of Whiting, IN (2004-5). Research Staff.

Courses Taught

“UPP 535: “Commercial Corridor Revitalization” 2007- 2010 & 2012-14, Urban Planning and Policy Program, University of Illinois at Chicago.

“UPP 575: “Backyard Sustainability Policy” 2013, Urban Planning and Policy Program, University of Illinois at Chicago.