>$250,000

in grant funding secured for various projects

PLANNING PHILOSOPHY

In the same way that fortune favors the bold, planning favors those who aren’t afraid to take risks–those that champion progress. Throughout the last few months working for the City of Chicopee, I came to find this out as the planning department is responsible for a variety of initiatives both planning and non-planning related. From the development of RFPs and RFQs, to managing the City's largest cultural event, planting trees in neighborhoods deprived of vegetation, designing advertisements and marketing materials for various ongoing initiatives, Chicopee's planning department spearheads a multitude of diverse projects aimed at bettering the quality of life for those that live, work and play there.

 

Coming from a design background, Chicopee's progressiveness just makes sense. Despite the unorthodox nature of the department, I believe that now more than ever, planners must not only be adaptable, but open to taking risks and pushing forth important initiatives when no one else will. With technology advancing at such a rapid rate and the needs of the population shifting in response, planning methods that have traditionally worked in the past may not necessarily work in the future. And if that's the case, it would be a disservice not only to everyone, but ourselves if we as planners, aren’t willing to change too.

RESUME

Experience

City of Chicopee, 2018 - Present

Planning & Development Intern

  • Secured over $250,000 in grant funding a variety of projects and initiatives

  • Oversaw wage compliance and photographic documentation of Uniroyal project

  • Oversaw the design of marketing materials for various initiatives and events

  • Developed proposal requests and qualification requests for a multitude of projects and parcels

  • Generated quarterly reports in ACRES for ongoing brownfield remediation initiatives funded by the EPA

  • Evaluated bid qualifications from firms for public projects

  • Developed complete street policy draft proposal

  • Currently overseeing the execution of KaBOOM!'s Build-It Yourself and MassEVIP's Workplace Charging Stations grants

Westfield State University, 2018 - Present

Residential Assistant

  • Oversaw nearly 60 students in a residence hall 

  • Conducted interviews with potential RA candidates

  • Mediated and de-escalated conflicts in the residence hall 

  • Filed administrative paperwork and program evaluations

Westfield State University, 2018 - 2018

Center for Undergrad Research & Creative Activity Intern

  • Photographed and interviewed individuals to develop marketing material

  • Designed and developed marketing materials to promote undergraduate research and creative activity

 

Pioneer Valley Planning Commission, 2018 - 2018

Community Development Intern

  • Conducted housing assessment surveys in Wales, Brimfield, Holland, Ware, Warren and Hardwick 

  • Conducted Davis Bacon interviews for School and Quaboag Street projects 

  • Generated reports using assessment surveys and Census data for FY19 CDBG round

Education

Westfield State University, 2016 - 2019

B.S. Urban Planning + B.A. Communications

3.74 GPA

Holyoke Community College, 2015 - 2015

3.83 GPA

Skills

ArcGIS Pro

Microsoft Office

Adobe Creative Suite

Project Management

Writing

Communication

Leadership

Data Entry & Analysis

Awards

Academic Excellence Award

Urban Planning, 2019

Writing Composition Excellence Award

English, 2016

Projects

Springfield Complete Streets Promotion

Proposed activities for children and adults that helped to garner feedback on Springfield's complete street concept

Westfield Sub Area Plan

Re-conceptualized an area within Westfield and created a physical model to illustrate the proposed changes

grants

Secured

ADA Accessibility FY18

$250,000

MassEVIP Workplace Charging Stations

$9,825

KaBOOM! Build-It Yourself

$15,000

Pending

Cultural Facilities Fund FY19

$675,000

EPA Community Wide-Assessment FY19

$200,000 Hazardous / $100,000 Petroleum

RELEVANT COURSEWORK

Cultural Geography

Environmental Analysis

Community Planning

The (Un)Just City

Land Use and Resource Planning

Site Planning Studio

Legal Issues in Zoning & Planning

Writing for the Media

Writing for Interactive Media

Communication Ethics

Physical Geography

Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

Advanced Geographic Information Systems

Quanatative Methods

Planning for Disasters

Independent Study: Social Justice in Planning

Senior Seminar

Mass Communication

Global Communication

Human Communication

research

Full PDF version of my undergraduate research project and poster

RESUME

PDF version of my resume as seen
above

MAPS/GRAPHICS

Multiple PDF files displaying maps and graphics I've created

WRITING SAMPLES

Multiple urban planning related PDF writing samples