Helen is a Master’s student in City Planning at the Pratt Institute. She grew up in Far West Texas and moved to the East Coast to study cities. She currently lives in New York City with her dog, Elmer.

About Me

As a student of cities and child of the desert, I have lived and traveled everywhere from Far West Texas to Scandinavia. I write about planning, design, and travel. My background is in urban studies, so I’m a fool for great maps, but tend to focus on the soft details in between.

My interdisciplinary academic background and experience working with nonprofits help me approach urban issues with a critical, equity-driven lens. I have conducted spatial and qualitative research on housing policy, affordability, and cooperative living. My current work focuses on how housing policy and social infrastructure can help communities adapt to a changing climate.

Experience

“The Co-op Provides: Resident Perceptions of Affordability and Community in Austin, Texas”Bryn Mawr College, Bryn Mawr PA (Fall 2019)

Research Intern HousingWorks Austin (June 2019 – August 2019)

Generated data for annual analysis of affordable housing demand at the council district and county precinct levels. Conducted spatial and quantitative analysis of Census and local datasets using Excel and GIS. Coordinated fundraising and outreach events and interfaced with board members.

Housing Policy Intern Philadelphia Association of Community Development Corporations (January 2018 – May 2018)

Produced content for affordable housing and anti-poverty advocacy in Philadelphia. Assisted with fundraising outreach and event programming. Created a Community Benefits Agreement toolkit for use by 59 local CDCs. Managed email list of 4,000 members. Facilitated registration at gala fundraiser for 350 stakeholders.

Research Assistant Johns Hopkins University (June 2018 – August 2018)

Conducted research on favela construction, tourism, policing, and poverty in Rio de Janeiro for anthropology professor Alessandro Angelini. Produced an interactive map of 85 Baltimore community organizations for later use in Anthropology classes at the University. Located and reviewed 98 texts and assisted with literature reviews.