Building community, creating places, using common sense

Our Approach

Project for Public Spaces (PPS) is a nonprofit planning, design and educational organization dedicated to helping people create and sustain public spaces that build stronger communities. Our pioneering Placemaking approach helps citizens transform their public spaces into vital places that highlight local assets, spur rejuvenation and serve common needs.

Our History

PPS was founded in 1975 to expand on the work of William (Holly) Whyte, author of The Social Life of Small Urban Spaces. We have since completed projects in more than 3000 communities in 43 countries and all 50 U.S. states and are the premier center for best practices, information and resources on placemaking. More than 500 people worldwide are members of our Placemaking Leadership Council.

Meet Our Team

Project for Public Spaces is made up of a highly experienced and cross-disciplinary staff trained in environmental design, architecture, urban planning, urban geography, environmental psychology, landscape architecture, arts administration, and information management.

Our extended team: Board of Directors

Fred Kent


Steve Davies

Senior Vice President

Kathy Madden

Senior Vice President

Cynthia Nikitin

Senior Vice President

Ethan Kent

Senior Vice President

Meg Walker

Vice President

Elena Madison

Vice President

Eleina Olonetsky

Vice President, CFO

Mark Plotz

Vice President, Program Director National Center for Bicycling and Walking

Alessandra Galletti

Senior Design Director

Gary Toth

Senior Director, Transportation Initiatives

Kelly Verel

Senior Associate, Public Markets

Philip Winn

Senior Associate, Program Manager Heart of the Community

Kate Rube

Program Manager, Transportation

David Nelson

Urban Design Associate, Transportation

Josh Kent

Associate Designer

Priti Patel

Associate Designer

Casey Wang


Nidhi Gulati

Placemaking Project Associate

Lauren Masseria

Placemaking Project and Events Associate

Willa Jones

Project Associate

Katrina Johnston-Zimmerman

Research and Communications Associate

Emily Ball

Administrative and Development Associate

Marcos Martinez

Office Administrator

Norman Mintz

Senior Director, Main Streets and Downtowns

David O'Neil

Senior Director, Public Markets

Daniel Latorre

Senior Fellow, Digital Placemaking

Jay Walljasper

Senior Fellow

David Leyzerovsky

Transportation Fellow

Clémence Morlet

Transportation Intern

Our Programs

Our partner to advance Placemaking in the global south.

A forum on the future of our cities. A collaboration between UN Habitat, Ax:son Johnson Foundation and us.

A program for rural communities to convert their own good ideas into reality.

Our partner in supporting and activating public spaces in the heart of American cities through the Heart of the Community program.

A program to advocate for bicycle-friendly and walkable communities.

A clearinghouse for Context Senstive Solutions resources funded by FHWA.


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