Abby is a recent graduate of the Harvard Graduate School of Design with a Masters in Urban Planning, concentrating in Urban Design and International Relations. Before her program, she had a career in Boston’s fine dining scene, fulfilled a Fulbright assignment in Polokwane, South Africa, and volunteered with WorldTeach in Ongwediva, Namibia. It was her time spent abroad that planted questions of “what goes where and why?” These reflections and ruminations slowly brought her to the field of Urban Planning. She went to Ithaca College for her undergrad, where she majored in Art History and rowed at the national level for the Varsity Women’s Crew Team (Go Bombers!)
Abby loves talking about eating, cooking, wine, eating again, music, fitness, art, race and ethnicity, painting, extensional questions around the meaning of life, and funny cats (or dog!) videos.
What’s your favorite type of community engagement activity?
I’m a playfully competitive person who grew up playing team sports. So, my favorite community engagement activities are anything game-based. I believe a small dose of competition is a great way to foster teamwork and communication among strangers.
If you could work on a project anywhere in the world where would it be?
I’ve lived in South Africa and Nambia and would love to do a project in either of my home communities there.
If you had a superpower to make a bigger impact on communities/ cities/ or environments what superpower would you have?
I would love to have the superpower to snap my fingers and instantly build out a nationwide renewable grid system that was accessible to all. Or, an endless supply of chocolate. Giving people free chocolate is a great way to make friends…