Recent Work Experience
Director of Strategic Initiatives - New York City Department of Transportation October 2017 - Present
Policy and Research Director - Transportation Alternatives June 2015 - October 2017
Senior Research Executive - Hall & Partners Healthcare June 2014 - June 2015
Researcher – Harvard School of Public Health June 2013 – June 2014
University of California, Berkeley
Master of Arts, Sociology, 2012
Thesis: “People and Their Places: Drivers of Neighborhood Satisfaction in an English Area-Based Urban Regeneration Initiative”
London School of Economics and Political Science
Master of Science, Social Policy and Planning (Distinction), 2008.
Dissertation: “Here Comes the Neighbourhood: Does the Introduction of Mixed Tenure on Housing Estates Reduce Social Exclusion?”
Columbia University, New York, NY
Bachelor of Arts, Urban Studies (Sociology Specialization) with Special Program in Creative Writing (Magna Cum Laude), 2007.
Additional skills and qualifications
Market Research Society (UK) Advanced Certificate in Market and Social Research, awarded August 2009.
Experience conducting ethnographic research, survey research, depth interviews, focus groups, and literature reviews.
Proficient in all Microsoft Office programs, Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator, ArcGIS, SPSS, and Stata.
Extensive experience designing surveys and interviews for people with physical and/or mental disabilities.
Confident public speaker and creative writer.
Strong knowledge of urban policy and politics.
Fluent in Spanish.
Awards and Honors
Anglo-California Foundation Pre-Dissertation Grant, 2012
University of California, Berkeley, Department of Sociology Small Research Grant, 2012
Richard Titmuss Prize for Best Performance on the Degree of Master of Science in Social Policy and
Planning, London School of Economics, 2008
John Jay Scholar for exceptional academic and personal achievement, Columbia University, 2003-2007
Phi Beta Kappa, Columbia University, 2007
Seymour Brick Memorial Prize in Playwriting, Columbia University, 2007
Solomon and Seymour Fisher Civil Liberties Fellowship, Columbia University, 2006
Co-Author: Fernandez J-L, McDaid D, Kite J, Schmidt A, Park A, Knapp M (2008) Inequalities in the Use of Services Among Older People in England. A Rapid Review of the Literature, Age Concern, London.
Co-Author: British Urban Regeneration Association (2008) Community Inspired: A Best Practice Guide to Community Led Regeneration. British Urban Regeneration Association for HM Department for Communities and Local Governments, London.
Contributor: Ballon, Hilary and Jackson, Kenneth T. (2007) Robert Moses and the Modern City: The Transformation of New York. W.W. Norton & Company, New York.
Conferences and Presentations
“Lessons from the New Deal for Communities: What Drives Resident Satisfaction in London’s Most Deprived Neighbourhoods?” at Londonicity 2012: The Second Annual London Studies Conference, University of London Institute of Education.
“People and Places: Drivers of Neighborhood Satisfaction in an English Area-Based Regeneration Initiative” at the American Sociological Association 2012 Annual Meeting.