Stephanie Blake is the CEO of Skylight Studios and an historian at heart. That’s what she studied at Yale, much to her parents’ dismay. They didn’t understand how she could leverage history into a career. But she has. In a big way. Skylight Studios has built a business on taking short-term leases on large, derelict buildings to transform them into venues, often for fashion … [Read more...] about Skylight studios.
Majora Carter's career as urban revitalization strategist has spanned environment, economy, social mobility, and real estate development. Her work has won major awards in each sector, including a MacArthur 'genius' Grant and Peabody Award winning broadcaster. Majora’s words -- “Nobody should have to move out of their neighborhood to live in a better one" -- are inscribed on … [Read more...] about Reclaiming your Community.
Trained as an architect, and with a background in planning and government, Pooja Agrawal understands the need for talented architects and planning practitioners in local government, where talent is thin. She co-founded Public Practice to fill that void. Based in London, Public Practice trains and places architects and planners in local government positions with the aim … [Read more...] about Public Practice.
Jill Ferrari is all about creating impact where it is needed. An attorney with twenty-five years of real estate development and operations experience, she is also the co-founder (with Shannon Morgan) of Renovare Development, a woman-owned, social impact, real estate development company focused on transformational projects in Michigan. To say Jill knows this space would be an … [Read more...] about Women-owned. Michigan-made.
As a university student, Tracy Gabriel blended city planning with international affairs. As a Fulbright Scholar she studied in Damascus. She built a career in planning and development in New York and Washington D.C. that led her, in 2018, to the leadership role for the National Landing BID in Arlington, Virginia, being billed as the state’s ”largest walkable neighborhood” … [Read more...] about Repairing the urban environment.