NameClass YearPosition/Title (if retired, please note)Organization/Company (or Retired)Field of WorkLinkedIn/Portfolio/Website(s)EmailAdditional Notes: Please share any other information or thoughts that would be useful for students (i.e. past positions, how you describe your current job, grad school, other degrees or credentials, etc.).
Thomas Acosta1971RetiredRetiredLinkedIn Thomas_acosta@hotmail.comAt one of my classes, Urban Sociology, I met Saul Alinsky and became a community organizer. The Fox Point Community Organization was the result of my work. Later, I applied my community organizing skills to labor organization and was elected vice-president of the Eastern region of the United Auto Workers. Eventually, inspired by Randy Barber and Jeremy Rifkin, I managed pension fund investments for a variety of labor unions.
Bruce Dorpalen1974Executive DirectorNational Housing Resource CenterHousing Advocacy, Social Change, Public Policyhttps://www.hsgcenter.org/, Bruce@bd22.netI spent 10+ years as a community organizer and then moved on to advocacy. Here is a little about me and my staff: https://www.hsgcenter.org/staff/
Matthew L. Wald1976Semi-retired, consultant on energy and communicationsAmerican Nuclear Society, & The Breakthrough InstituteI write and edit on energy topics, mostly nuclear energy and electricity. https://www.linkedin.com/in/matthew-l-wald-206b0464/mattwald@aol.comI was a reporter at The New York Times for 37 years and then a policy analyst and communications advisor at the Nuclear Energy Institute, a trade association.
Richard P. Clarendon 1978Semi-Retired Self-Employed Transportation Planning LinkedinClarendonr@gmail.comI spent 40+ years as a professional planner, focusing primarily on transportation planning. I am presently working part time after retiring as the assistant executive, Director, or a transportation planning organization. I would be happy to help anyone interested in planning or a related career path.
Bob Shorb1979semi-retiredTurner Construction (Field Engineer, 1979-1980); OMNI Construction (Project Manager, 1980-1982); Oliver Carr Company/CarrAmerica (VP/Regional Partner, 1984-1997); Host Marriott/Host Hotels & Resorts (Senior Vice President, 1997-2015)Development, Design, Construction, Deal Initiation, FinanceNA (no social footprint whatsoever !!!)bob@bobshorb.comI spent my junior year in NYC, studying at the Institute for Architecture & Urban Studies. Senior year I took more than half my classes at RISD. Subsequent to graduation, I worked as a framing carpenter in Boston while looking for a "real" job in the construction or development business. Through a Brown connection (fellow lacrosse player 2 years ahead of me) I ended up interviewing with Turner Construction and was offered a position as a Field Engineer; I was assigned to work on the construction of Brigham and Women's Hospital at Brigham Circle (what an education that was!). After a year I returned to my hometown of Washington, D.C. where I had been offered a similar job with OMNI Construction but when I went to the office to sign up for payroll/benefits, they announced that I had been promoted to project manager. I worked for OMNI for 2 years, primarily on office buildings, apartments, and residential condominium buildings. / I then went to Wharton where I received an MBA in Finance/Real Estate. In 1984 I returned to DC to work for the Oliver Carr Company, a local real estate developer (Oliver Carr is Tom Carr's father; Tom is a 1980 Urban Studies graduate although that had nothing to do with me getting the job). While I had been hired for a role in the Finance Department, after 5 months I was transferred to the Development Department and put in charge of the renovation of the Willard Hotel and the construction of the adjacent office building. I worked for Carr for 13+ years including during the transition to a publicly traded REIT; ultimately I was responsible for our development activities in suburban DC, Chicago, Phoenix, and Florida. / In 1997 I moved over to Host Marriott (now Host Hotels & resorts) to join some ex-Carr colleagues who had been brought in to run the company. At one point we had 155 hotels on 5 continents (although most of my work was domestic). I retired in 2015 although I continue to do a small amount of consulting work for Host, primarily related to the Phoenician in Scottsdale. / I also do some consulting work for a small hospitality group started by some ex-colleagues at Host. Additionally I'm working on a few small development projects for my own account, including a 2-acre townhouse project in Kensington, MD and a 116-acre mixed use project in Culpeper, VA. I have served on the boards of trustees for multiple non-profits, primarily schools that my kids attended; I was typically recruited due to my construction and development expertise. My only active board commitment is at the Washington National Cathedral where I chair the Facilities & Fine Arts Committee (typically this would simply be known as the "Building & Grounds Committee" but nothing about the Cathedral is normal when it comes to "bricks & sticks")
H Cheryl (Rusty) Rusten1979RetiredRetiredProject/Grant management; program auditinghttps://www.linkedin.com/in/cherylrusten/hcherylrusten@comcast.netMPA Maxwell School at Syracuse University
Jack McConnell1980Chief JudgeUS District Court for the District of Rhode IslandLaw/judiciaryWww.rid.uscourts.govJudge_McConnell@rid.uscourts.govLove urban studies; landed in the law
Atiba Mbiwan1982Executive DirectorZeist FoundationPhilanthropy/Place Based Philanthropywww.zeistfoundation.orgatiba@zfo.netAfter graduating in 1982 with an Econ major and an Urban Studies minor, I lived and worked in Providence for 10 more years before moving to Georgia to work in Atlanta as it prepared to host the 1996 Centennial Olympics. At the outset of the 21st century I worked at the Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation when we made a grant to the Trust for Public Land to create a vision for this idea called the Atlanta Beltline. In the 40 years since graduating, I have witnessed urban areas across the U.S. lose population, jobs, housing stock and even cultural institutions, but now they are growing with more people, more people with higher education, more people with higher incomes and a new type of segregation threatens the diverse fabric of our cities.
Toni Fannin1982Executive Assistant to the PresidentClark Atlanta UniversityHigher EducationN/Atfannin@cau.eduNo additional notes at this time
Darrell Petit1982sculptorDarrell Petit LLC and Stony Creek Quarry Corporation Art, architecture, landscape architecture, sculpture, quarrying www.darrellpetit.com. www.stonycreekquarry.comDarrell.petit@gmail.comCurrently working on issues related to sustainability including the eradication of child labor in construction material supply chain , environmental health and safety of labor related to current silicosis crisis associated with engineered stone
Robin Auchincloss 1983Director of Campus Planning and Facilities Lehman College CUNYArchitecture/Facilities Managementhttps://www.lehman.edu/administration/facilities-management/index.phpRobin.Auchincloss@lehman.cuny.eduLicensed architect
Michael R. Clarke1983Deputy General Counsel & Global Chief Compliance OfficerConvatecEmployment Law & Compliancewww.linkedin.com/in/602michaelrclarkemichael.clarke602@gmail.comI've been a lawyer for 35 years and an in-house counsel and compliance officer for over 21 years
Christopher Calott1983
Lalanne Chair in Real Estate Development, Architecture and Urbanism
UC Berkeley, College of Environmental Design
Real Estate Development, Architecture, Urban Design, Housing
Over more than three decades, I have been deeply committed to building communities, and delivering projects which make cities more beautiful and inclusive. As an architect, urban designer, real estate developer, and academic, my practice has been truly interdisciplinary. Most recently, I was the founding Faculty Director of the Master of Real Estate Development + Design Program at UC Berkeley, which I launched in 2018, and am currently the Chair of the Master of Urban Design Program. Prior to Berkeley, I was the Director of the Master of Sustainable Real Estate Development Program at Tulane University, working in post-Katrina New Orleans. Formerly, I was a founding principal of CALOTT + GIFFORD Architecture / Urban Design, and a founding partner of the real estate development firm INFILL SOLUTIONS: Innovative Urban Design and Development, based in Albuquerque and Santa Fe, New Mexico. For more than 15 years, my two firms worked together to create innovative mixed-use infill developments, affordable housing, historic adaptive re-use projects, and vibrant public spaces, recognized with over 65 Regional and National Design Awards. In my current professional practice, I consult on design, development, and implementation strategies for real estate developers and municipalities. I am presently working with Sand Hill Property Company, consulting on the design and entitlement of a large mixed-income housing redevelopment project, and a new mixed-use Town Center development, both in East Palo Alto, California. I frequently contribute to design and advisory services panels for the Mayor's Institute on City Design and the Urban Land Institute. I received a B.A. from Brown University, my Master of Architecture degree from Princeton University, and was awarded a Loeb Fellowship at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design, in recognition of my design and development practice in service of building communities.

I am always eager to support and assist Brown Urban Studies students, and graduate colleagues.
James J. O'Hara (former name James J. Ives)1985Educational Director/Full-time FacultyAcademy of Art University, San Francisco, CAHigher educationn/ajohara@sonic.netTeach and support architecture, interior design, and industrial design classes online; previously oversaw tutoring and workshop programs onsite.
Matthew Birenbaum1987Chief Investment OfficerAvalonBay CommunitiesReal Estate Ownership and Developmentlinkedin.com/in/matt-birenbaum-b4b816bmattb@abbeyroadpg.comDeep expertise in development, multifamily and mixed-use
Courtney L. Small Francis1987University Faculty (13 years)Northeastern Illinois Universityteaching: higher education (Social Work Research & Policy Courses- graduate & undergrad programs)https://www.linkedin.com/feed/c-francis1@neiu.eduI became a City Hall Fellow in NYC after graduation from Brown. I believe the program still exists and pays well. This was an incredibly robust work experience for me. I think City Hall Fellows is the perfect program for students graduating from Brown's Urban Studies Program. I was a dual concentrator at Brown - Economics and Urban Studies. My first graduate degree was in Social Service Administration and Policy, which resulted in me leading non-profit programs and organizations. There are many, many possibilities for Urban Studies graduates!
John So1987Co-Head and Managing DirectorBGO Strategic Capital PartnersReal Estate Private EquityN/Agjsogjso@gmail.comLiving in Hong Kong for ~35 years; Masters in Urban Design from University of Hong Kong; Trustee of Urban Land Institute
Eric Dobson1987Director, Government RelationsNAIOP Northern Virginiaurban planning, public policy, commercial real estatehttps://www.linkedin.com/in/eric-dobson-arlva/eric.dobson@ericdobson.usMaster in Urban Planning, UVA; Planning Commission, member and Chair
Edward Sweet1987Copywriter/GhostwriterSelf-EmployedMarketing and Advertisinghttps://www.linkedin.com/in/edwardsweetcopywriterghostwriter/edsweet@me.comPolitical changes forced me out of government into advertising and I never looked back, but I greatly value my studies at Brown...The Urban Studies concentration gave me a solid foundation as a writer and critical thinker. I also make synthpop music influenced by the music that filled the air during my time at Brown, under the name Electric Sol.
David Eligator1987Deputy City Attorney - Port DivisionSan Francisco City Attorney's OfficeReal estate, construction and development lawhttps://www.linkedin.com/in/david-eligator-8315474?utm_source=share&utm_campaign=share_via&utm_content=profile&utm_medium=ios_appdaeligator@gmail.comU.C. San Francisco Law '94
Nancy Spector1988COOCarecubesGeneral management in startups; “back of house” (strategy, operations, accounting).http://linkedin.com/in/nancyspectornancys@gmail.comI’ve primarily worked for small business that make something: so all involved manufacturing . Also received my MBA, and did a stint in strategy consulting.
Marcos Gonzalez1989Managing PartnerVamosVenturesVenture Capitalhttps://www.linkedin.com/in/marcos-gonzalez-b567042/ www.VamosVentures.commarcos@vamosventures.comWe invest in diverse teams pursing solutions to meaningful problems in society
Susan Friedland1990CEOSatellite Affordable Housing AssociatesNonprofit affordable housing developmenthttps://www.linkedin.com/in/susan-friedland-26896b82/sfriedland@sahahomes.orgI've worked in the affordable housing sector for over years, and have a Masters in City Planning from UC Berkeley.
David Whitney1991Architect (sole practitioner)David Whitney ArchitectArchitecturewww.davidwhitney.commail@davidwhitney.comI'm a solo architect, designing residential projects mostly in the metro Boston area.
Robert Koerner1991Chief Investment OfficerStandard CommunitiesAffordable Housing Developmentwww.linkedin.com/in/robert-koernerrkdevelopmentgroup@gmail.comAfter graduation, I received a Master in Public Policy from the Kennedy School of Government. I have spent the past 30 years working in urban development and affordable housing finance. Currently, I head the acquisitions department for Standard Communities, which is one of the fastest growing owners and developers of affordable housing in the country. I am located in Chicago.
Todd Schulkin1993Founder & PrincipalSchulkin ManagementEntertainment & Mediahttps://www.linkedin.com/in/todd-schulkin-670aa6/todd@schulkinmanagement.comMy first job out of Brown was in affordable housing development and urban renewal in Washington, DC but I've worked at the intersection of entertainment and marketing since 1995. The main link to Urban Studies is project management skills as well as being multi-faceted, interdisciplinary work. I intended to pursue real estate development after grad school, but discovered I was a natural marketer, which led me into advertising and then back to Hollywood after I got my MBA.
Laura Yepez1993Small Business Owner, 1st Ward Democratic Committeeperson (Chicago)Wicker Park Inn, City of ChicagoHospitality, Local Politicianhttps://www.linkedin.com/in/lvyepez/, www.wickerparkinn.comlyepez71@gmail.comI've built strong relationships with local resident and business community during my 20 years of B&B ownership. I am on local school council, chamber of commerce and community organizations. I ran a successful campaign to become the Democratic Committeeperson of the 1st Ward of Chicago. I am the first woman to represent the 1st Ward and plan to run for Alderman in a couple of years.
Graham Gee1994ResearchVisit CaliforniaResearch / Destination Marketing / TravelNAgee.grahamd@gmail.comNA
Jeff Brown1995Director of Primary Care Sports Medicine, Assistant Fellowship Director Trinity Health of New England Sports Medicine/Family Medicine I am on LinkedInjeffbrownsportsmed@gmail.comI was a PLME student at Brown, and focused some of my urban studies work on public health issues. I have always practiced medicine in urban environments.
Chris Cirillo1995Executive Director + President Ascendant Neighborhood Development CorporationAffordable housing / community development / historic preservationhttps://www.linkedin.com/in/chris-cirillo-098a3624/ / ascendant.nyccjcirillo@gmail.com / cirilloc@ascendant.nycMS in Historic Preservation from Pratt Institute (2016) / Visiting Assistant Professor at Pratt in Historic Preservation and Real Estate Practice graduate programs
Sallie Lin1995AttorneyStoel Rives LLPreal estate development attorney, specializing in affordable housinghttps://www.linkedin.com/in/sallielin/sallielin@gmail.comMost of my work involves helping affordable housing developers acquire, finance, and develop housing for low-income households.
Tehmina Jaffer1996EVP, Business AffairsDisneyEntertainmenthttps://www.linkedin.com/in/tehmina-jaffer-2870543/tjaffer1@gmail.comI am not in Urban Planning, so I'm not sure how helpful I will be! I ended up going to law school after Brown and went into entertainment. I used to be on the legal side, and now I'm more on the business side.
Monica Molenaar1996Co-CEO/Co-FounderAlloy Women's Healthtelehealth for women in menopausewww.myalloy.commonica.molenaar@gmail.com/monica@myalloy.comStanford MBA (2003)
Ben Rosenfield1996ControllerCity and County of San FranciscoGovernment Administration and Financehttp://linkedin.com/in/ben-rosenfield-372632brosenfield.ben@gmail.comHappy to connect with any students interested in or exploring work in local government, having worked in a variety of public management and finance roles for the City and County of San Francisco since shortly after graduation. Please reach out if I can be of assistance.
Becca Johnston Hughes1996Senior Director, Education Delivery & Learning TechnologyJunior Achievement USAEducation & Program/project managementhttps://www.linkedin.com/in/beccajohnstonhughes/beccajhughes@gmail.comI started out my career working with education-focused non-profit organizations. After working as a K-12 teacher and instructional coach in the areas of social studies, ESL, and bilingual education, I moved into the field of EdTech and worked with Learning A-Z, part of Cambium Learning for 10 years in curriculum development, management, and leadership roles. Recently, I made the intentional shift to work with a non-profit organization, Junior Achievement USA, still within the Education Team and focused on portfolio, program and project management of our K-12 and workforce product lines.
Matt Maloney1997Director, Regional PlanningMetropolitan Transportation CommissionMetropolitan Planning www.bayareametro.govmmaloney@bayareametro.govWilling to speak with students with interests in regional planning, transportation, housing, and environmental planning and policy.
Jill Desimini1998Program Director and Associate Professor of Landscape ArchitectureUniversity of ConnecticutLandscape Architecture Academiafromfallow.com psla.uconn.edu/undergraduate/lajill.desimini@uconn.edu desimini@gmail.comI went to grad school for Architecture and Landscape Architecture, worked in both fields, and then found myself in academia
Sara Lightner1998Senior DirectorOrton Family Foundationcommunity development/training/community engagement https://www.linkedin.com/in/sara-lightner-6430916/and https://www.communityheartandsoul.org/ ; 0916/; sara.lightner@gmail.com I have an MA in Pacific Islands Studies from the University of Hawai'i and the East West Center, and I was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Vanuatu. I was also Peace Corps Program and Training Director in the Pacific and the Eastern Caribbean. Always happy to talk about Peace Corps!
Josephine Saltmarsh1998Registered NurseFred Hutchinson Cancer CenterNursinghttps://www.linkedin.com/in/josephine-saltmarsh-mph-bsn-rn-cwon-06a10733/josaltmarsh@gmail.comI went back to school to become a nurse. However, I love having a background in Urban Studies as this interdisciplinary field informs so much about humanity and the built environment, including in the medical field.
Thabiti Brown1998Independent ConsultantSelf employedEducation, Nonprofithttps://www.linkedin.com/in/thabiti-brown-023740114/thabiti.brown@gmail.comCheck me out on LinkedIn and reach out if you want to connect.
Joseph Llobrera1998Director of Research, Food AssistanceCenter on Budget and Policy PrioritiesNutrition Policyhttps://www.linkedin.com/in/joseph-llobrerajllobrer@gmail.comMA in Geography from UW-Seattle, PhD in Nutrition from Friedman School (Tufts)
Thabiti Brown1998Independent ConsultantSelf-employedEducation, Nonprofitwww.linkedin.com/in/thabiti-browntb@thabitibrown.comSo many ways to go! Hit me up if you're interested in entrepreneurial education.
Sarah (Klipfel) Wiebenson1999VP, Economic DevelopmentDowntown Denver PartnershipPlace-based Economic Developmenthttps://www.downtowndenver.com/sarahkwiebenson@gmail.comMasters in Planning and Public Policy; IEDC coursework; International Downtown Association Emerging Leader Fellowship; Boulder County Leadership Fellow
Jon Frank1999CEOImagine Homes Management, LLCReal Estatehttps://www.linkedin.com/in/jon-frank-1b9065a/jonathandfrank@gmail.comI have worked in real estate development, construction, and management since graduating. All housing (Multifamily and Single Family). Erm other than 4 years doing entrepreneurial madness in China. Happy to help. Go Urban Studies!!
John Mermin2000Senior Transportation PlannerMetroRegional transportation planninghttps://www.linkedin.com/in/john-mermin-0ab5aab/john.mermin@oregonmetro.govMaster's in Urban & Regional Planning (MURP) at Portland State University in 2004. Certified in Amma Therapy from the Wellspring School for the Healing Arts in 2017.
Kate Larsen2000Director/Landscape ArchitectSnøhetta Landscape Architecturehttps://www.linkedin.com/in/kate-larsen-a178572b9?utm_source=share&utm_campaign=share_via&utm_content=profile&utm_medium=ios_appFirstratekate@gmail.comI’m a licensed Landscape Architect and Architect, with experience working professionally in both fields. The driving force between my design in both disciplines has been the betterment of the urban or public realm. I hold an M.Arch from Harvard GSD and have worked in various working group capacities with the Urban Design Forum in NYC in addition to my work for a number of design studios. Very interested in getting more involved with the Urban Studies Department in the future.
Elizabeth (Liz) Miller (Sprague)2000Owner/ President Liz Miller InteriorsInterior Architecture/ Design www.lizmillerinteriors.comliz@lizmillerinteriors.comParsons School of Design
Alex Shulman2000Director, SEIU HealthcareService Employees International Union (SEIU)labor unionhttps://www.linkedin.com/in/alex-shulman-b46b/alshulman@gmail.comSEIU is the largest union of healthcare workers in the US. We are the union that has led the Fight for $15 and more recently the groundbreaking Starbucks organizing. Organized labor offers a unique way to make fighting for social justice a stable career and entry level jobs are always available in research, communications, and organizing - and sometimes in additional disciplines as well.
Joon Nak Choi2000Adjunct Associate ProfessorHong Kong University of Science and TechnologyEducation/AI/Technologyhttps://www.linkedin.com/in/jnchoi123/jnchoi@gmail.comHave also taught courses and seminars on global cities
Jennifer Good Zurik2001PartnerMZ. Architecture & DesignArchitecture www.designwithmz.comjenniferzurik@me.comTulane March '06
Amy Mogulescu2001TeacherThe Brooklyn Latin SchoolEducationhttps://www.linkedin.com/in/amy-mogulescu-516b2b127/amymogulescu@gmail.comI got my Masters in Teaching at the Urban Education program at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and have been teaching in the NYC Public Schools since 2005. I currently teach English to 11th and 12th graders and would be happy to speak to any current students or alum about how my time in the Urban Studies program at Brown has informed me as a teacher or to anyone who wants to teach or be otherwise involved in urban education.
Cory (Schreier) Mian2001Senior Vice President, Real Estate DevelopmentPreservation of Affordable HousingAffordable Housing Developmenthttps://www.linkedin.com/in/cory-mian-2bba1517/CORYMIAN@GMAIL.COMHappy to connect with folks exploring a career in affordable housing and/or planning. I have a planning a degree from Harvard's Graduate School of Design as well. Go Bruno!
Allison P. Harris2002Assistant Professor Yale University Political Sciencehttps://www.allisonpharris.com/allison.harris@yale.eduMPP and PhD in political science. Previously works in state government and public management consulting.
Claiborne Walthall2002Assistant Attorney GeneralNew York State Office of the Attorney GeneralEnvironmental and land use lawhttps://www.linkedin.com/in/claiborne-walthall-3459b25?utm_source=share&utm_campaign=share_via&utm_content=profile&utm_medium=ios_appClaiborne.Walthall@alumni.brown.eduIn addition to my law degree, I also have a master’s degree in regional planning from Cornell and am happy to discuss that path and experience.
Eleanor Mayer Hollander2002.5Economic Development ManagerCity of Berkeley City Administration/Planning https://www.linkedin.com/in/eleanor-hollander-aicp-9ba85310/ Eleanor.Mayer@gmail.com Economic Development and City Administration is a great pathway for urban studies students. I’m happy to connect with all that are interested in this field.
Samuel Snead2003DirectorAnne Arundel County GovernmentTrasportationhttps://www.linkedin.com/in/samuel-snead-mcp-ma-667765144snead03@gmail.comSeasoned director, board member, commissioner and lecturer with experience delivering large scale transportation programs & projects nationwide in accordance with federal, local and state regulatory guidelines. Vast experience in policy implementation, procurement and contract development & implementation. I hold a Masters of Community Planning (URI 2005) and Master of Arts in Business Administration (2019).
Justin Antos2003Sr. Director of Bus TransformationMBTApublic transit planninghttps://www.linkedin.com/in/justin-antos-b22186125/jantos@alumni.brown.eduN/A
Matt Rufo2003Transportation Policy and Program ManagerCity of New Orleans Office of Resilience and SustainabilitySustainable urban planning and policyhttps://www.linkedin.com/in/matthewrufo/matt.rufo@gmail.comI hold a Masters in City Planning degree from University of Pennsylvania and previously worked in consulting.
Daniel Mermel2003PrincipalSivan PropertiesReal Estatewww.sivanprop.comdaniel@sivanproperties.comI have an extensive background in commercial real estate
Yana Kucheva2004Associate Professor of SociologyThe City College of New Yorkacademiawww.yanakucheva.comYkucheva@gmail.comI am an Associate Professor and the Interim Chair of the Sociology Department of The City College of New York. Previously, I was a postdoctoral scholar at the Center on Poverty and Inequality at Stanford University. I received my Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of California - Los Angeles.

I am an expert on housing, residential segregation, and social policy. My work has examined the role of U.S. housing policy in shaping the opportunity structure for families and children. My on-going research looks at the housing conditions of Latino and African American families in New York City from an environmental justice perspective.

I would not be where I am today had I not completed a senior thesis project in Urban Studies at Brown. Please do not hesitate to get in touch with me!
Michael Lavery2004Assistant Director, Parks and Recreation City of Oldsmar, FloridaMunicipal Governmenthttps://www.linkedin.com/in/michael-lavery123mlavery@gmail.comPast positions: City of New York Parks & Recreation, City of Clearwater FL Parks & Recreation
Judy Kloner2004Licensed Real Estate AgentColdwell Banker WarburgResidential Real Estatehttps://cbwarburg.com/agent/judy-kloner/judylkloner@gmail.comMPA, Columbia University
Also worked in municipal finance and economic development prior to my real estate career.
Laura Baum2004Transportation PlannerConnecticut Department of TransportationTransportation Planninghttps://www.linkedin.com/in/laurambaumlbaum@alumni.brown.eduMasters degree in Urban & Regional Planning from the University of Minnesota (2007)
Megan Hall2004PresidentThe MHC GroupPodcasting, public health, environmenthttp://www.themhcgroup.com/Megan.Hall@gmail.comAfter Brown, I got a Fulbright to study at the University of British Columbia's School of Community and Regional Planning (SCARP) where I made a radio documentary about protecting low income housing in the downtown core. I went on to do GIS mapping for the Providence Plan (RIP) and eventually became Rhode Island Public Radio's health care reporter. After that, I worked on the team that implemented Obamacare in RI and went back to Brown to get my MPH. Now, I teach an undergraduate course at Brown called "Podcasting for the Common Good," I host/manage Brown's "Possibly" podcast and host Brown School of Public Health's podcast- "Humans in Public Health." I'm also the producer for the Boston Globe's podcast- "Rhode Island Report." I live in RI and I'm on campus a lot!
Ethan Horowitz2004Managing DirectorNortheast Justice CenterLegal Serviceshttp://northeastjusticecenter.orgehorowitz@njc-ma.orgI run a program that provides free legal services to low-income and other vulnerable individuals who live in the northeastern region of Massachusetts.
Caci Cambruzzi Jaeger2004PartnerAscent Real Estate Capital Mixed Use / Multifamily Www.ascent.reCaci@ascent.reMaster of Urban Planning - Harvard GSD
Currently living and working in Charlotte, NC
Josh S Jackson, AICP2004Director of PlanningPBK ArchitectsEducational Planninghttps://www.linkedin.com/in/joshsjackson/josh.s.jackson@gmail.comMaster of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning at UC Berkeley ('10). At PBK I lead a team that develops master plans for public school districts, private schools, and colleges and universities across California.
Sara Emmenecker2004Associate Director, Stewardship ReportingBrown University, Division of AdvancementHigher education donor relations/ fundraisinghttps://www.linkedin.com/in/emmenecker/sara_emmenecker@alumni.brown.eduI worked in the non-profit cultural sector after graduation, then returned to Brown for my Master's in Public Humanities (2009-2011), during which I decided to pursue a career in higher education administration. I've worked in advancement at Brown (2011-2014, 2023-present) and the University of Minnesota (2014-2023) ever since.
April Khadijah Inniss, MD, MSc2005Senior Research AssociateJames Bell AssociatesResearch and evaluationhttps://www.linkedin.com/in/aprileekmdkids/Aprilinniss@gmail.comBe open to where and how your Urban Studies training is applied. The beautiful thing is that Urban Studies is inherently so widely applicable and "branchable" to so many other industries and fields of study. I initially thought I'd use what I'd learned by working as an official in state or federal government to draft policies to address social determinants of health (many of which are particularly salient to cities). I ended up instead applying it to my work as as a researcher and evaluator of state, federal, and non-profit programs. Urban Studies has really helped me contextualize the phenomena I encounter in my work, and to be an informed and effective advocate for approaches to programs that target systems change more than individual-level behaviors.
Amanda Warren2005Sr. Director, Legal OperationsRakuten Advertisingonline advertising - legal operations https://www.linkedin.com/in/amanda-warren-94aa6812/amandakwarren@gmail.comAfter Brown graduation, I worked at the land use company "Redniss & Mead"(https://rednissmead.com/) in Stamford, CT. I also helped Max Sokol (Urban Studies - Brown '07) secure a job at the firm as a Land Use Consultant. Feel free to contact me if anyone is interested in connecting with Redniss & Mead!
Darin Ranahan2005PartnerFeinberg, Jackson, Worthman & Wasow LLPLawwww.linkedin.com/in/darin-ranahan-793a402bdranahan@gmail.comI do litigation and policy work in the fields of workers' rights, civil rights, and healthcare justice, including work on municipal ordinances and ballot measures.
Bailey Hopple Edelson2006PrincipalBuchanan PartnersReal Estate Investment and Developmenthttps://www.linkedin.com/in/bailey-hopple-edelson-aa8b2b95/b.edelson@buchananpartners.comPrior to joining Buchanan Partners last year, I spent 17 years at JBG Smith - the first 11 years the company was a private equity real estate fund where I worked in investments and development and the last 6 years JBG became a publicly traded REIT. While at JBGS, I oversaw the design, entitlement, and investment in over seven million square feet of mixed-use development in the DC Metro Area. Last year, I joined Buchanan Partners. Buchanan Partners is an opportunistic and innovative full-service, private equity real estate development and investment firm operating in the Washington, D.C. region. We have an extensive track record of creating value through land development in the path of growth. Our portfolio and experience spans all asset classes - for sale and rental residential, commercial, retail, and industrial. And we have expertise in land planning and entitlement.
Melissa Cohen2006VP, Development & LA Regional DirectorBXP (Boston Properties)real estate developmenthttps://www.linkedin.com/in/melissaecohen/mcohen@bxp.comMBA from NYU Stern School of Business, worked in NYC real estate for 14 years prior to moving to Los Angeles in June 2023
Lilla Fisher Hoyes2006ConsultantSelf-EmployesMarketing, Consumer Products, Educationhttps://www.linkedin.com/in/lilla-fisher-hoyes-398b333Lilla.Hoyes@gmail.comLilla is a marketing leader with CPG, durables, US and global experience from General Mills, SC Johnson and Whirlpool Corporation. She's led product launches, integrated marketing campaigns, cross-functional teams and budgets up to $25M. As a Broad Resident, she transitioned Chicago Public Schools to an online application platform, meeting weekly with the CEO and driving an outcomes audit with the Federal Reserve Bank and University of Chicago. Lilla is currently a brand and product marketing consultant for Stanford GSE driving a pipeline of new adult learning opportunities in AI and beyond.
Alexandra (Knight) Edwards2006Deputy Treasurer for Debt ManagementOklahoma State Treasurer's Officepublic financehttps://www.linkedin.com/in/alexandra-edwards-5527465/alexandraknightedwards@gmail.compast positions with Fitch Ratings (analyst for state and local government) and PFM
Becky Hurwitz2006Real Estate AdvisorSotheby’s International Realtywww.losangelesbecky.combecky@losangelesbecky.comMy career path has always been full of positions where I am of service to others. I spent a decade working in the nonprofit world and as an elementary school teacher in New York before moving to Los Angeles, where I helped develop and grow small businesses. In my current role as a real estate advisor with Sothebys, I see myself as a guide to buying selling and living in Los Angeles. I’d be happy to chat about the city, housing, or being a Realtor with anyone who is interested.
Jamie Granger2006.5Senior AssociateInterface StudioUrban Pllaning / Designhttps://www.linkedin.com/in/jamie-granger-75970724/jamiegranger@gmail.comInterface Studio is a small urban planning and design firm based out of Philadelphia that works on projects across the country. I also have a Masters of City Planning with a focus on Urban Design from the Weitzman School of Design at the University of Pennsylvania where I continue to teach graduate level studios.
Robbie Corey-Boulet2007Riyadh bureau chiefAgence France-PresseJournalismhttps://www.linkedin.com/in/robbiecoreyboulet/?originalSubdomain=sarobbie.boulet@afp.comMS Journalism - Columbia University; Author of Love Falls On Us: A Story of American Ideas and African LGBT Lives (https://www.nytimes.com/2019/08/24/books/review/love-falls-on-us-robbie-corey-boulet.html)
Caitlin Moriarty2007OwnerMoriarty Meats & Cafe Bar https://www.linkedin.com/in/caitlin-boyle-moriarty-5a037847/ theshop@moriartymeats.comI have a PhD in Architecture from UW-Milwaukee and worked as an architectural historian for ~7years before leaving that job to grow my business. I've gone from studying the power of local businesses to being a neighborhood institution that supports local community identity.
Amy Barad2007Deputy Director + FounderCowen Institute, Tulane UniversityFuture of Education, Future of Work, Economic Development, Social Impacthttps://www.linkedin.com/in/amy-barad-a6952711/?msgControlName=view_message_button&msgConversationId=2-YTdhYzY4ZjQtZmMwMS00NzE4LTliOTktOTRjYmUyOTI2NTVlXzAxMg%3D%3D&msgOverlay=trueamy.barad@gmail.comN/A
Itiah Thomas2007FreelancerIST FlexerUX design, Product Management, Virtual Assistance, Business Managementhttps://www.linkedin.com/in/itiahthomas/itiah.thomas@gmail.comPast position before transitioning into Tech: Construction Project Manager for 11 years for a general contractor and owner's rep both overseeing the construction of hospitals in America and Australia.

Grad degree: Real Estate Finance and Development
Alex Horn2007 VP Content Development & Content CreatorMap NerdSocial Media, Entertainment, Marketinghttps://www.linkedin.com/in/alexanderpaulhornalexp.horn@gmail.comstill love urban studies, planning, architecture, and design! So much so that I started a social media content brand on a work hiatus about geography, world places, and unique cities that's now gotten pretty big: 100MM views + 600K followers and counting! using that Brown urban studies knowledge. Thanks Brown.
Jessica Kondrick2007Senior Associate CounselAlliant Insurance ServicesLegalhttps://www.linkedin.com/in/jess-kondrick-bb84357Jkondrick@gmail.comI’m a privacy lawyer (city planning and privacy go hand in hand). Began my career interested in the urban built environment - worked for Bay Area Economics as an analyst working on transit projects, EIRs, and economic impacts of certain projects on communities. Chose to go to law school instead of getting my masters in city planning (to preserve maximum academic and career opportunities). I worked eight years in litigation (real estate and contract disputes). Now I am in-house counsel focusing on privacy. Happy to chat!
Eric Thomas2007Associate DirectorDevelopment Finance InitiativeUrban Planning, Real Estate Development Consulting, Urban Design, Community and Economic Developmenthttps://dfi.sog.unc.edu/eric.nat.thomas@gmail.comDFI consults local governments on structuring public private partnerships focused on real estate development projects. I do GIS analysis, market analysis, financial modeling and concept plan development to test financial feasibility of potential projects. We are focusing on affordable housing, historic tax credit, new market tax credit and downtown redevelopment projects.
Elizabeth Ochs2007.5Director Creative Reuse Center of RIhttps://creativereusecenterri.org/ and https://www.elizabethochs.com/elizabethocsh@gmail.comn/a
Michelle Beaulieu2008Lead Transportation PlannerWSP USATransportation planning consultinghttps://www.linkedin.com/in/michellebeaulieuMichellebeaulieu9@gmail.comUniversity College London MSc International Planning 2010
Graham Browne2008Founder and CEOForte Preparatory AcademyEducationwww.forteprep.orggbrowne@forteprep.orgI participated in the Urban Education Semester in undergrad, then worked in education policy, advocacy, nonprofit consulting (with the Bridgespan Group), and then went to grad school at Yale School of Management where I found an organization called BES that trains leaders to open new innovative public schools across the country. I'm settled in NYC and live in Jackson Heights. The school is in the same area and serves a diverse population of 450+ learners in grades 5-9 (and growing).
Jack Walsh2009Vice President, TMT investment bankingHSBCFinancial ServicesLinkedIn.com/jackmwalshJack.walsh@us.hsbc.comPrior experience in urban planning and real estate development but now working in financial services!
Carly Sieff2009Transportation PlannerFehr & PeersTransportation Planninghttps://www.linkedin.com/in/carly-sieff-58351932/carlysieff@gmail.comI have a Masters of City and Regional Planning from UNC Chapel Hill, and have been a Transportation Planner at Fehr & Peers since 2013. I work primarily on bicycle, pedestrian and transit projects for cities and mountain communities across Colorado. My work focuses on improving safety and equity by providing accessible transportation options.
Alex Werth2009Independent Research, Policy, and Campaign ConsultantSelf-EmployedHousing justice and anti-displacement policyhttps://www.linkedin.com/in/alexwerthphd/awerth4@gmail.comMy career has straddled academia, policy, and non-profit advocacy. I'd be happy to talk to students about any of those things, but especially how I've moved between them. I have a PhD in Geography and Global Metropolitan Studies from UC Berkeley and, in addition to my housing justice work, I'm also writing an academic/trade book based on my dissertation as a non-affiliated/independent scholar.
Emilio A. Flores2009CEOCaldwell Flores Winters, Inc.Public School Facilities Planning and Constructionwww.cfwinc.comemilio@cfwinc.comCFW is a multidisciplinary consulting firm serving California public school districts with facilities planning, financing, and construction program management. The firm develops facilities master plans, oversees the design and construction of schools, secures State matching grants, and negotiates the terms of public debt for the purpose of funding school facilities. We have offices in the SF Bay Area and in the Los Angeles area. The firm's environment is challenging and requires a deep desire to seek out knowledge and to develop new models and innovations.
David Leipziger2009Principal ConsultantE Co LtdSustainable urban development consultingwww.linkedin.com/in/david-leipzigerdavid.leipziger@gmail.comPrevious employment:
• Institute for Market Transformation
• World Resources Institute (Ross Center)
• Innovate UK (government agency)
Katie Hermann2009Senior CounselNew York Economic Development CorporationLawyer at NYCEDChttps://www.linkedin.com/in/katiehermannkatie.hermann@gmail.comGraduated law school in 2013. Corporate lawyer since. Moved to serving the public sector in 2021.
Sarah Goodman2009AttorneyOffit KurmanLabor & Employment Lawhttps://www.linkedin.com/in/sarahrgoodmansarah.goodman@offitkurman.comI am a Labor and Employment Law attorney licensed in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, and Maryland with extensive experience handling complex claims for public and private sector companies in both state and federal courts.
Carolyn Lee2010PartnerLubin Olson & Niewiadomski LLPLaw (Affordable Housing and Land Use)https://www.linkedin.com/in/carolynjannaleeclee@lubinolson.comMy job now involves a lot of coordination with various city planners in working on general plans, specific plans, and other aspects of land use law.
Benjamin Schanback2010Senior Managing Director, Operations & FinanceNew York City Public SchoolsLocal Governmenthttps://www.linkedin.com/in/benjamin-schanback-1017219/bschanback@gmail.comHappy to talk to anyone about local government, local government budget/finance, school district operations, school district budget/finance. Have an MPA from NYU as well.
José Loya2010Assistant Professor Department of Urban Planning at UCLA Housing Researchhttps://www.linkedin.com/in/jose-loya-49b97b27/joseloya@luskin.ucla.educurrent tenure track professor in Urban Planning. Also previous work experience in affordable housing development and research assistant for national think tanks.
Jesse McGowan2010Deputy Director, Transportation & ParkingCity of Hoboken, NJTransportation Planning (primarily safety & bicycle/pedestrian planning)https://www.linkedin.com/in/jesse-mcgowan-04141324/jcohn208@gmail.comMCRP from UNC Chapel Hill; experience in both the public & private sectors (Planning Dept in Montgomery County, MD; Fehr & Peers in DC and SF; Sam Schwartz in Jersey City)
C Marisa Rodriguez2010Vice PresidentHudson Housing CapitalReal Estate - affordable housing financehttps://www.linkedin.com/in/c-marisa-rodriguez-b53a6225/marodriguez785@gmail.comPreviously worked at a landscape architecture company, masters of Real Estate Development from Columbia