Alumni

What you do now, professionally: Journalist & TV producer Why you do it (what motivates you, why you find this work interesting or meaningful): I worked inside the tech industry for many years. Now I cover it from the outside. How you got here: Tech Industry for 25 years; Journalist for 15…
What you do now, professionally: I am Vice President for Conservation Services at The Conservation Fund, a national nonprofit land conservation organization. I oversee an array of programs focused on our dual charter of environmental protection and economic development. We work in both urban and…
What I do: I am the city manager for the City of Santa Cruz.  I oversee the operations of all city departments, with approximately 900 employees. Why I do it: Of all the levels of government, municipal government touches everyone on a daily basis, through trail and street maintenance, water and…
What you do now, professionally: As the Deputy Historic Preservation Officer for the City of Austin, I review changes to historic buildings, help neighborhoods that want to become historic districts, and staff our preservation commission. I also lead public engagement and community partnerships,…
What you do now, professionally: Parking Operations Coordinator for Stanford University Parking & Transportation Services Why you do it (what motivates you, why you find this work interesting or meaningful): Initially, being offered a part-time opportunity to conduct field surveys (i.e.,…
What you do now, professionally: Licensed Clinical Social Worker What your background in Urban Studies has done for you: Deepened my understanding of systemic injustice and prepared me to work for social change through a Master of Social Work.
What you do now, professionally: Public Policy Consultant (focus: housing/homelessness) Why you do it (what motivates you, why you find this work interesting or meaningful): I love working at a social impact consulting firm because I get to learn every single day, like I never left school. I love…
What I do:   As Stanford Real Estate’s Managing Director of Asset Management, I am primarily responsible for strategic planning and management of the world-renowned Stanford Research Park in Palo Alto, the preeminent real estate asset of Stanford University, comprised of 700 acres and 10.3…
What I do: In recent years I have worked at EHDD Architecture in San Francisco as Project Manager on the Stanford Green Dorm and Project Architect on the Global Ecology Research Center, an interdisciplinary research department operated by the Carnegie Institution on Stanford's campus that won a…
What I do:  Founder and Executive Director, The Bronx Charter School for the Arts Why I do it:  I take the arts very seriously. I believe arts education is critical to human development and learning. The Bronx Art School is founded on this principle. How I got here:  After graduation, I moved back…
What you do now, professionally: Assistant Professor of Sociology Why you do it (what motivates you, why you find this work interesting or meaningful): I tried working outside of academia (I did some non-profit work as a policy advocate and grantwriter) but kept yearning for the seasons and…
Dale Margolin Cecka is a clinical professor of law and the founder and director of the Jeanette Lipman Family Law Clinic at the University of Richmond School of Law. A graduate of Stanford University and Columbia University School of Law, Professor Cecka is a member of the Virginia State Bar and…
What you do now, professionally: I am the Real Estate Strategy and Urban Planning Manager for Genentech, Inc. in South San Francisco. Why you do it (what motivates you, why you find this work interesting or meaningful): After nearly a decade in urban planning consulting, it is fascinating to…
Why you do it (what motivates you, why you find this work interesting or meaningful): At the Kennedy School, I am studying how countries' and cities' broad institutional arrangements affect processes and outcomes of equitable development. My academic interests center on multi-sector democratic…
What your background in Urban Studies has done for you: Urban Studies helped formed my interest and got me my start. I am one of the rare few who is doing their undergrad major. It started with Fred Stout's intro class and moved to a studio with Gerry Gast. I learned to write. I learned to examine…
What you do now, professionally: Community Organizing in Education Why you do it (what motivates you, why you find this work interesting or meaningful): I find this work continually interesting, challenging, and meaningful. How you got here: I first was a teacher in Teach for America and then…
What you do now, professionally: Affordable housing developer Why you do it (what motivates you, why you find this work interesting or meaningful): I like to solve hard problems to get to an outcome that means something! I get to work on challenges from persuading planning staff and City Councils…