Project Manager, Rhoades Planning Group
Associate, Emerald Fund
Before the MRED+D program, I was a planning and entitlement consultant for developers working on urban infill multi-family residential projects in the Bay Area.
By pursuing Berkeley’s MRED+D degree, I’ve learned the developer’s vernacular. We are trained to think like a developer and understand the complexities of a development project from site selection to leasing. With the new knowledge I’ve gained I can better understand the needs of my clients, their thought process, and what their concerns are.
I see myself developing responsible infill development projects that help turn neighborhoods around and solve crucial design problems in the built environment. I hope to be developing projects that serve as pressure points in a community to activate the neighborhood and help the occupants and their neighbors thrive.
Summer semester. The courses were a great crash course in development, sustainability, and the cohort! We spent every day together discussing wicked problems, urban economics, and design do’s and don’t’s. We also met a host of professionals through guest lectures and project tours.