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 including Dropbox, Atlassian, Box, and Microsoft, specializing in mobile & enterprise productivity SaaS (cloud software).

While I’m still passionate about the future of work and mobile productivity, I retired 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 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

Social Infrastructure

I was given a particularly intriguing reading recently – an excerpt from the recent book Palaces for the People, by the sociologist Eric Klinenberg. It discusses the value of social infrastructure – an umbrella term for the “physical spaces and organizations that shape the way people interact.” In other words, it’s comprised of the places … Continue reading Social Infrastructure

Housing Precedent Cases

Throughout the [IN]CITY summer program, we will be working towards crafting a redevelopment proposal for a BART station in Berkeley, California. Currently, the site is mostly covered in surface parking lots, but we believe we have an opportunity to inspire the city to turn this space into a new kind of destination by leveraging TOD … Continue reading Housing Precedent Cases

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