Nate Storring is the Co-Executive Director of Project for Public Spaces overseeing the Placemaking Program, communications and development.
Since he joined the staff in 2015, Nate has played a vital role in both research and communications at Project for Public Spaces. In 2021, he joined Kelly on the organization’s executive leadership team, where he oversaw the launch of the Community Placemaking Grants initiative.
In his previous role as director of communications, Nate led an organization-wide rebranding in 2020. Over the years, he has played a leading role in many Project for Public Spaces publications, including the second edition of How to Turn a Place Around, as well as online resources on inclusive placemaking, measuring qualitative data in public space, and balancing transportation and placemaking on main street.
Nate has also contributed to several resources and reports on place-based approaches to inclusive economic development as part of Project for Public Spaces’ partnership with the Bass Center on Transformative Placemaking at the Brookings Institution. Since 2016, he has co-authored several research briefs on innovation districts, including placemaking principles for innovation districts, a guide to asset mapping, and a primer for the U.S. Conference of Mayors. More recently, he co-edited Hyperlocal: Place Governance in a Fragmented World (July 2022), a collection of research on the ecosystem of organizations that steward our public realm a book, with Bass Center Director Jennifer Vey.
Aside from research and communications, Nate has contributed to many initiatives across the organization. In 2018, he co-authored a placemaking vision for Broadway Corridor, a major mixed-use development in Portland, Oregon; facilitated a statewide placemaking training for Main Street leaders in Wyoming in 2017; and directed the program for the first and second International Placemaking Week conferences in Vancouver (2016) and Amsterdam (2017).
Prior to his time at Project for Public Spaces, Nate engaged the general public in urban history and current affairs through exhibitions and events with the Boston Society of Architects, the Rhode Island Public Transit Authority, the Chicago Architecture Center, and Urbanspace Gallery in Toronto, Ontario. In 2016, he had the honor of bringing together the previously uncollected essays, speeches, and interviews of urban thinker Jane Jacobs for the first time in his Vital Little Plans: The Short Works of Jane Jacobs.
Master of Arts in Public Humanities, Brown University, 2014
Bachelor of Fine Arts in Criticism & Curatorial Practices, Ontario College of Art & Design, 2011