Placemaking Project & Events Associate
Lauren joined PPS in April 2012 and currently manages PPS’ Training Program and is support for planning projects. Lauren has planned and organized both small and large events such as the Placemaking Leadership Council Inaugural Meeting and Pro Walk Pro Bike 2013 which have roughly 300 attendees as well as the PPS’ biannual trainings, “How to Turn a Place Around,” “Streets as Places,” and “Placemaking: Making it Happen.” She has also worked on developing curriculum for client-commissioned training sessions such as the New England Regional Placemaking Workshop.
In addition to conference and training management, Lauren has assisted on report development, research and project management for projects and trainings in California, Michigan, Australia, and New York City. Lauren has given support in digital placemaking and streamlining the digital engagement and media-communication processes. Ingrained in all of her work is the goal to promote a community-driven process in developing more livable, walkable, and most importantly, enjoyable cities.
Lauren is an MA candidate in Urban Planning from Hunter College, focusing on the role that digital engagement and design can plan in community driven planning. Lauren recently completed a yearlong planning studio where she formulated a grass roots plan to re-envision the East Harlem Waterfront as a community asset and multi-use destination. She received her Bachelor’s in Environmental Studies from The University of Vermont in where she focused in Community Development and Applied Economics.