I have a master's degree in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of New Orleans, class of 2011 (Go Saints!). I have lived in New York, New Orleans, Cape Town, South Africa and Managua, Nicaragua.
I am currently a doctoral student at the Bloustein School for Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University.
I'm a general urbanophile, but unfortunately the handle was taken before I could get to it by one fiendishly clever Mr. Aaron Renn. My dissertation will likely focus on scaling up worker-cooperatives and their impact on the practice and theory of economic development. Like many in the field of economic and community development, I am excited by the opportunities that cooperative enterprises offer for economic equity and justice—while also being wary of the obstacles to growth that these enterprises face. While several other G-8 nations have superior cooperative policy infrastructures compared to the United States, their replicability here is questionable. I aim to address the opportunities and challenges for worker cooperatives, particularly concerning scale and the role of federal, state, and municipal policies in enabling the growth of these enterprises and their technical support infrastructure (lending, accreditation, etc).
I am a total political junkie who subsists on the junk food of POLITICO, The Hill, and TPM, while also lamenting their existence. Its complicated. I have a passion for social justice and a healthy capacity for compromise. I don't like Ideologues, or beets. Recently, however, beets have been gaining some ground. Dogmatism is still not appealing.
In what feels like ancient history, I graduated Phi Beta Kappa and with honors in Geography from Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York in 2007.
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