I’m director of communications and development for New Jersey Future, a statewide smart-growth policy institute. I graduated in December 2010 from the University of Maryland’s master’s program in community planning, with a concentration in housing affordability and economic development policy. (Our studio project focused on implementing a proposed arts district in downtown Baltimore’s West Side. You can read the final report [large PDF] here.) I also have a master’s in business administration from Northeastern University with a concentration in marketing and service operations management.
Prior to that I spent a long career in the newspaper industry, almost all of it in advertising and marketing. Most recently I was the director of marketing and the director of targeted solutions for the American Press Institute, where I was involved in the groundbreaking Newspaper Next project. Much of my role involved presenting, training and consulting for newspaper associations and other newspaper organizations, and I also wrote occasionally for the Newspaper Next blog.
I have lived a lot of places: Westchester County, New York; Sydney, Australia; Singapore; New York City; eastern Connecticut; Boston; south Florida; Nashville; Washington, D.C.; New Jersey. (I know; from the sublime to the ridiculous.) Just like everyone else on the planet, I’ve found the places I’ve loved the best had whatever that intangible thing is called a “sense of community.” This blog will be an exploration of what helps create that sense, and what strengthens it, and why and how that is happening now, after we seemed to want to spend the last 30 years bowling alone.
- Your Opposition Is Ahead of You (for Engaging Cities)
- Crowdsourced in Connecticut (for the American Planning Association‘s The New Planner)
- Getting Ahead of the Opposition (co-authored, for the American Planning Association’s Planning magazine)