For seven years I taught in the inner-city public schools of Boston, East Palo Alto, Watts and East LA. Since then, I’ve taught classes at Harvard GSD, MIT, USC and UCLA. I learned a lot, too.
I hold a B.A. from Wellesley College, and an M.A. from Boston University. I was once a cheerleader, but donâ€™t hold that against me.
I’m a student of cultural anthropology and a specialist in the business of creating memorable places. I’ve consulted with over 100 companies on over 200 communities throughout the U.S. â€” as well as in London, Tokyo, Mexico City, New Zealand and Dubai. Next to being a teacher, Iâ€™m most proud of the fact that Iâ€™ve helped these developers evolve their thinking in the areas of home and community design, cultural trends, redevelopment, smart growth, marketing and sales strategy, and the customer experience.
Iâ€™m a former vp of marketing for a large homebuilder, as well as a real estate agent for a national brokerage firm. So Iâ€™m not just a theoretician; I have practical, real-world experience on the sales floor.
I’m constantly on the lookout for examples of smart leadership in a wide range of disciplines, as well as fresh insights into the rapidly changing cultural landscape.
I’m a member of Urban Land Institute and have served on national panels: Memphis Riverfront Development and Philadelphia Main Street Ardmore. I served as chair of The Sears/Boyle Heights Technical Advisory Panel. Â And I was part of the team that wrote “Ten Principles for Successful Development Around Transit” and “Ten Principles for Rethinking the Mall.”
Iâ€™ve climbed Mt. Whitney in a day, roller skated a Marathon and won a gold medal for ski racing, all in my fifties.
At West High School Rodeo Days in Phoenix, AZ, I learned to whistle really loud.Â (So I know how to get attention in a large room.)