Cities and the processes that shape them have fascinated me since high school, when I was first exposed to the walkable development that was beginning to reshape my hometown of Dallas, TX. From there, I went to American University in Washington, DC for my undergraduate studies. At AU, abstract concepts of planning became real for me as I relied on transit for almost all of my travel and learned what it means to see a city from a pedestrian’s perspective. After two years in the workforce, I decided to make my passion my career and moved to Los Angeles to pursue a master’s degree in urban planning at the University of Southern California.
Since arriving at USC, I have interned in the office of Los Angeles city councilmember Mike Bonin, spent a summer interning for a planning consulting firm, Lisa Wise Consulting, Inc., and worked as a research assistant for Dr. Adam Rose of the Center for Risk and Economic Analysis of Terrorism Events. I have also honed my graphic design skills, grown my knowledge of planning in California, and deepened my understanding of equity issues.
This May, I will have my master’s degree in hand and begin my next chapter with a combination of youthful energy, planning knowledge, and the maturity that comes from already having spent time in the workforce. I look forward to putting what I have learned to use in making our cities more healthy, prosperous, and equitable.