Where do you go to school and what are you studying towards?
I am a first-year Master of City Planning candidate at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Design focusing on Community and Economic Development.
What attracted you to Reinvestment Fund for a summer internship?
The Policy Solutions team at Reinvestment Fund has produced excellent research and insight into many of the issues and challenges facing cities and vulnerable communities today. The opportunity to work with a team and organization focused on partnering with marginalized communities and building substantive awareness was a chance I could not pass up.
What are some of the things you will be working on for Reinvestment Fund during your internship? What do you hope to learn from your internship here?
I am working with the Policy Solutions team on their partnership with the Wells Fargo Regional Foundation to provide technical support to neighborhood organizations that have secured planning grants. I also assist with data collection and cleaning for the team’s multiple Market Value Analyses in multiple cities, most recently Richmond, VA. Lastly, I’ve assisted with the creation of the Childcare Supply Demand maps for Philadelphia and the Atlanta metro region.
Share something interesting you have learned about Reinvestment Fund or the industry in your time here.
I have learned quite a lot about the importance data and its subsequent presentation can have on the communities Reinvestment Fund serves. Working with the team on the data behind their Evictions report was an eye-opening experience as it helps to create a dialogue about an often-neglected issue in Philadelphia.
Is there anything else that you would like to share that we didn’t ask you?
I’m a proud Detroit native and have a close to encyclopedic knowledge about the city. I’m also a movie buff and can be found at the Roxy Theater(or the Ritz) checking out the latest independent film.
College(s) Attended: University of Michigan Gerald R Ford School of Public Policy; University of Pennsylvania School of Design – Master of City and Regional Planning, focus on Community and Economic Development (expected graduation May 2018)