The moment we begin to fear the opinions of others and hesitate to tell the truth that is in us, and from motives of policy are silent when we should speak, the divine floods of light and life no longer flow into our souls.
— Elizabeth Cady Stanton

Urban and Regional Policy Fellowship, 2008-2009

The German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF) grants a limited number of fellowships each year through its Urban and Regional Policy program, which focuses on the policy issues and challenges common to metropolitan regions and cities in the United States and Europe. Urban and Regional Policy Fellowships provide opportunities for practitioners at the urban and regional levels to meet with their counterparts across the Atlantic and examine policies that have been successfully implemented to address similar needs.

I travelled to the Ruhr Valley of Germany; Manchester, UK; Lyon, France; and Turin, Italy to study elected city leadership in post-industrial local economies. 

Women's Policy Institute, 2004

The Women’s Policy Institute, a program of the Women's Foundation ofCalifornia, trains fellows to become public policy experts. Teams of Fellows work on public policies that support historically oppressed communities across California, including low-income communities, immigrant communities, and communities of color. All of these policies further justice and equity in our state, but each team works within a particular issue area and develops its own legislative approach and strategy.

I was a part of the 2004 Environmental Justice team that advanced policies to improve air quality around school sites and access to workplace health information for nail salon workers with the California legislature.

 Policy opinions

I am sometimes asked to contribute my thoughts about urban, development, housing, public space, planning, transportation, or design policy. You can find some of those written pieces here.