Intro

I’m an aspiring urbanist, on a journey to start my second career as an urban planner. Currently in a pre-graduate-school phase attending the Summer [IN]STITUTE program at the University of California at Berkeley.

My previous career was a 10+ year run as a product manager in the software industry. I worked for companies such as Dropbox, Atlassian, Box, and Microsoft and specialized in mobile & enterprise productivity SaaS (cloud software).

While I’m still passionate about the future of work and mobile productivity, I decided to retire from the tech industry in 2020 to pursue my other lifelong passion in urban planning, where I have much more to learn and new ways to grow. I’ve been involved with nonprofits such as SPUR, SF Transit Riders, and Seamless Bay Area for years, but now I’m taking this hobby to the next level.

Brisk mobility largely defined my style as a product manager in tech, and I anticipate this is an element I will carry with me as I enter this entirely new field. I look forward to documenting the journey here and invite you to connect and offer any advice or suggestions along the way!

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Recent Posts

Statement of Purpose

This is a slightly revised version of my statement of purpose, which I used to apply to several graduate programs in urban planning. It aims to provide clarity on why I am pursuing this new career as well as defines the foundation for future writings going forward.

30-Minute Essays

I’ve been studying for the GRE and realized that the Analytical Writing section has forced me to develop an odd skill: composing deep, nuanced takes on issues within an extremely compressed time frame. If you’re not familiar with the exam, you can actually see a full set of essay prompts for the “Analyze an Issue” … Continue reading 30-Minute Essays

Factfulness

I’ve been meaning to read Hans Rosling’s Factfulness ever since Bill Gates gave it his highest recommendation back in 2018 – and it did not disappoint. In fact, not only is it one of the most enlightening books about the state of the world I’ve ever read, it is one of those works that deserves … Continue reading Factfulness

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