Partner and Research Director
I am a planner, a researcher and a civic engagement expert. I believe successful planning is informed by experts and community together. My expertise and my knowledge bank is not only built through formal education but also experience in every community we work. I build engagement methodologies and research plans for all planning processes and ensure they are inclusive, authentic and innovative.
My undergraduate degree is in organizational psychology and I hold a doctorate focused on conflict management. I began my career conducting research for marketing and advertising, progressed to transportation behavioral research helping government understand how people respond to new technologies, and followed my heart to the arts! I have training specifically related to qualitative and quantitative research and community engagement.
While I am not an artist in the true sense of the word, I find and enjoy creativity in many different ways. My love for performing arts – especially all kinds of musical expression. Roaming about the creative neighborhoods in South Florida and finding impromptu creativity. Turning data into stories about community. And through my photographer husband, who is a true artist and creative.
My passion is working with youth and when I have time I volunteer in my home state of Florida with several non-profits supporting youth development. I also volunteer in higher education, mentoring students and serving on dissertation committees – helping others get through the complex process of a doctorate degree!
International travel. While my job involves getting on a plane to go to work, I wish I had more time to travel the world with my husband. Travel is the ultimate connector to culture and learning about others whose lives are different from our own.
I was born in the Middle East and have never visited the country I was born in as an adult. I lived many different places growing up thanks to my adventurous, strong parents.
My best strength is flexibility – in mind, in job, and body! (Yes, I am a yoga girl.) Being flexible and able to adapt to many different situations at different times builds resiliency and focus.