After graduation, I served two years as an AmeriCorpVISTA volunteer in Chicago. My first year was establishing and operating a buy back recycling program in Chicago Housing Authority public housing communities. My second year was assisting with GIS mapping of a tenant’s rights group, Metropolitan Tenants Organization. After which, I attended graduate school at Rutgers University and graduated with a Master’s in City & Regional Planning (M.C.R.P.) degree from the Bloustein School. While there, I was a graduate assistant with the Center for Urban Policy Research (CUPR) and the Voorhees Transportation Policy Institute, as well as an intern with Philip Habib& Associates in New York, NY. After a brief visit to Philadelphia for a bike ride, I fell in love with the city and moved to Center City Philadelphia in 2001. I worked as an entry level planner at the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC) and a small consulting firm. After which, I served as the Senior Planner in the Department of Community Development for the Township of Cherry Hill, New Jersey for nine years. I bought a row home in South Philly, about 3 blocks from the Pats &Geno’s cheesesteak capital. I’m very active in my community, involved with parks and neighborhood redevelopment. In 2009, our civic association was the recipient of the American Planning Association (APA) National Planning Award for Best Grassroots Initiative of Lower Italian Market Revitalization Plan.
I still utilize the basic GIS fundamentals learned on MapInfo 2.0, while at MSU, taught by Professor Ted Whitesell. My all-time favorite professor, which I still read his publications, is Professor Joe T. Darden.