I am currently a first year graduate student in San Jose State University’s Urban and Regional Planning program.I recently moved here from New York City to pursue a dual concentration in Urban Design and Community Development.
I graduated with a BBA in Accounting from Pace University and began working for a commercial real estate firm. My responsibilities consisted of creating and reviewing financial portfolios for a multitude of properties. I conducted economic impact studies and financial feasibility analyses.This experience aided in my pursuit of obtaining a degree in Urban and Regional Planning, my true passion.
Although NYC has remarkable urban planning practices, I decided to attend graduate school here in the Bay Area because there are great opportunities to aid in the process of helping neighborhoods in the Bay Area to continue to make enormous advancements in urban development and energy efficiency.
My interests are to work alongside others to tackle issues related to affordable housing, expansion of anchor institutions that focus on children (such as the construction of schools and recreational centers), and broader access to improved energy efficiency in a cost effective and fair manner for low income communities. My short term goal is to participate in the redevelopment on the living conditions in anticipation of the upcoming 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. I would love to work in Brazil to aid in this great opportunity to bring about new innovation within the city and surrounding communities for the long haul.