Experienced Urban Planner and Policy Analyst seeking employment where I can apply diverse skills and experiences to further the mission of your organization.
Housing Policy Intern
May 2010 to August 2010
Provided daily assistance by covering housing policy initiatives and issues in the national news that impacted the federal legislative agenda to support ongoing research produced by senior level staff.
Attended hearings on Capitol Hill regarding the Preserving Enhancing and Transforming Rental Assistance (PETRA) legislative proposal and notated and synthesized content for working papers produced by the Housing Policy Analysts
Collaborated with senior level staff to organize a panel discussion and public input series on particular aspects of the proposed PETRA legislation that resulted in substantive feedback
Developed an annotated bibliography and matrix of proposals on existing literature and policy recommendations for the reformation of the Mortgage Interest Tax Deduction research paper that was produced by the Housing Policy Analysts
Graduate Planning Assistant
August 2009 to May 2010
Provided assistance in all areas of the department including demographic analysis, statistical research and analysis, and requests for proposals review.
Conducted door-to-door survey to determine income characteristics to qualify a community for an infrastructure grant that they were awarded to replace and reroute outdated sewer infrastructure
Developed and facilitated a public participation process to build community consensus that received input from hundreds of citizens on their needs that were addressed in the 2010-2015 Consolidated Plan
Drafted the Demographic and Housing sections of the 2010-2015 Consolidated Plan for Greenville County that received approval and was enacted
November 2007 to July 2009
Worked extensively in all aspects of the department including zoning, permitting, site development review, comprehensive planning, environmental impact analysis, census data and demographic analysis.
Served as project manager for all residential developments that included major and minor subdivision developments as well as multifamily developments that resulted in the approval of over 1,500 new residential units
Served as project manager for 11 new commercial projects that were granted approval
Responsible for the review of subdivision plat applications and approved over 500 individual subdivisions of land
Presented over 100 development proposals to Planning Commission, Zoning Board of Appeals, and City/County Councils
Drafted and gained approval of a zoning ordinance amendment to increase the size of accessory structures based on the size of the parcel of land after an increasing number of zoning board of appeals cases revealed that the zoning ordinance was unnecessarily restrictive
Drafted and gained approval of a zoning ordinance amendment to allow accessory apartments as an affordable housing option within city limits
Drafted the Population, Housing, and Economic Development elements of the 2030 Comprehensive Plan that was later approved as a part of the entire document
Collaborated with the Planning Director to conduct a survey and facilitate stakeholder and community input meetings for the 2030 Comprehensive Plan that reached over 1,000 citizens to assess their needs and build consensus to help ensure eventual approval of the Plan
March 2006 to October 2007
Provided assistance in all areas of the Atlanta Renewal Community Program and collaborated with the Program Director to create HUD mandated documents for implementation and compliance with federal Community Renewal Act legislation.
Collaborated with the Program Director to draft and develop the program’s mandatory Tax Incentive Utilization Plan that was approved by The Department of Housing and Urban Development
Developed a system to engage the residents of the program area and facilitated community input meetings to build consensus for the program’s Tax Incentive Utilization Plan
Established Lunch-n-Learn series that informed and engaged hundreds of citizens and businesses to make them aware of how to qualify for and use the available federal tax incentives
Collaborated with staff to recommend the awarding of approximately $24 million in Commercial Revitalization Tax Deductions for commercial redevelopment projects that resulted in the creation of over 300 new jobs
Masters in City and Regional Planning
January 2009 to January 2011
Bachelors in Urban Planning
January 2002 to January 2007
Land use planning, housing policy, zoning, comprehensive planning, consensus building, facilitation, strategic planning, writing (technical and otherwise), public speaking, demographic analysis, community development.