Alex Miller is a Managing Principal who leads Asakura Robinson’s economic and community development sector. She specializes in community revitalization and economic development and works with clients and stakeholders to create economic policies, programs, and projects that benefit communities socially and environmentally. Her work focuses on economic and social empowerment of communities that help residents shape their own urban environments. She has extensive experience in community and land-use planning, real estate development, planning for vacancy reduction, and strategic planning for public agencies.
Her portfolio includes affordable housing strategies, career pathways studies, revitalization plans, commercial corridor analyses, and other projects designed to ensure that all populations realize opportunity within changing environments. As a former public opinion research professional, she also maintains a special focus on research-based projects that inform our planning and design work across sectors.
If you could work on a project anywhere in the world where would it be?
New Orleans. It’s my home and the place where I built my career!
What’s your favorite type of community engagement activity?
Community roundtables that have many types of activities, so people can engage in the way they feel most comfortable — whether with pictures, collages, statements, maps, or models.
What’s your creative tool of choice?
Excel! It may not seem creative but the numbers are a fundamental part of what planners can bring to the table to complement what we learn from the community.