I have been involved with urban planning issues ever since moving to New York in the 90s, and came to Seattle for grad school in urban planning in 1998. Ever since, I have maintained parallel careers in the arts and in urban planning, vocations which influence each other and occasionally converge. Planning initially appealed to me as a field that had real creative potential, but I had no idea that it would also be such an influence on my artistic practice, as a source of inspiration as well as a whole new set of tools and approaches to draw upon.
Much of my planning work has revolved around sustainable transportation, walkable city design, and how residents of walkable cities with good sustainable transportation systems pollute less and are healthier than those in the average suburb. After a few years of learning how things got done at the Washington State Department of Transportation, in 2005 I joined Urban Design 4 Health, a small consulting firm led by UBC professor Lawrence D. Frank that conducts practical research and policy analysis around these issues. As staff writer, I authored a number of high-profile policy reports, academic journal articles, and plain-English technical reports in addition to managing a number of large applied research projects. Some highlights:
Co-author, Health & The Built Environment – A Review. 2012. Client: Canadian Medical Association in partnership with the World Medical Association. Plain-english report on the relationship between the built environment and human health from a global perspective. See the official release of the report on the WMA website.
Lead author, Lessons from the City of Vancouver: How to Accommodate Growth & Create a More Sustainable Transportation System at the Same Time. 2012. Client: Infrastructure Canada. Policy and trend analysis of Vancouver, British Columbia’s approach to prioritizing walking, bicycling and transit in policy and funding, and its dramatic effect on urban travel patterns.
Project Manager, HealthyWorks Regional Health Impact Assessment. 2010-2012. Client: San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG). Managed the development of evidence-based tools to integrate health into transportation and land use decisionmaking for SANDAG and its member governments.
Lead author, The Hidden Health Costs of Transportation. 2011. Client: American Public Health Association. Authored high-profile policy report synthesizing the evidence on the hidden health costs of an auto-oriented transportation system. Directed development of graphics and layout for final report.
Project Manager, HealthScape Project. 2006-2009. Client: King County, WA. Coordinated the development of multiple evidence-based decision-making tools that incorporate environmental and public health objectives.
Co-author and Production Manager,New Data for a New Era: A Summary of the SMARTRAQ findings. 2007. Final report for the SMARTRAQ research program in Atlanta, Georgia. Managed development and production of 60 page summary report, including coordinating graphics, layout, and report release event.
Promoting Public Health Through Smart Growth. Client: Smart Growth B.C. 2006. Co-authored and coordinated production of 54-page plain English report summarizing the researched relationships between land use, transportation and public health for a leading advocate for walkable communities in British Columbia.
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Ecological, Incremental Wastewater Treatment in Cantarrana, Havana, Cuba. 2000.Examined alternatives to conventional wastewater treatment for an industrial neighborhood as part of a UW field study team. Developed illustrations and concept drawings for the final report, which received an Excellence in Planning Honor Award from the American Planning Association Washington Chapter.
A Heritage Plan for Ketchikan, Alaska. 2000.UW field study team member to develop a holistic historic preservation strategy. Served as principal layout designer for the plan, which won the Urban Design & Planning Department’s Historic Preservation Award.
COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT AND PUBLIC SERVICE
2003-2006 Board of Directors, Bike Works, Seattle (board President 2005-2006)
2004-2009 Annual Benefit Auction Chair/Co-Chair, Bike Works, Seattle
2003-2005 Member, City of Seattle Pedestrian Advisory Board
2001 & 2002 Co-Organizer, Seattle Car-Free Days (with Robert Zverina). Temporarily converted streets into public spaces as part of international Car-Free Day events, with public art and performances as an integral part of both events. The 2001 event was the first car-free day in North America.
1996-1997 Founder, South Brooklyn Recycle-A-Bicycle, Brooklyn, NY
Master of Urban Planning, University of Washington, Seattle, WA 2000.
Bachelor of Fine Arts, Ohio Wesleyan University, Delaware OH 1994.