Lesli is an Assistant Professor of Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Michigan.Her research uses food systems as a lens to study the intersect of planning, implementation, and evaluation in the United States and Bolivia. Her findings offer insights about the socio-political and institutional factors that mediate the ability of professional and citizen planners alike to realize their goals, particularly as it relates to building equitable, sustainable, and health-promoting food systems.
Her current projects examine local food movements in Michigan and factors contributing to rising obesity and persistent malnutrition in two of Bolivia’s fastest growing metropolitan regions. She holds a doctorate and a master’s degree in City and Regional Planning from Cornell University and a bachelor’s in Psychology from Earlham College.
Andy is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Planning and Design at the University of Colorado, Denver. His research examines the relationships between urbanization and environmental risk, with special focus on the vulnerability of the urban poor to natural hazards and global climate change.
Rumbach’s current research is centered largely on cities and communities in eastern India and the United States. For his doctoral work, he received the Gill-Chin Lim Award for the best dissertation in international planning from the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning. He holds a doctorate and a master’s degree in City and Regional Planning from Cornell University and a bachelor’s in Political Science from Reed College.
Joshua graduated in 2016 from the University of Michigan PhD program in Urban and Regional Planning. His research explores the dynamics of public-private partnerships and democratic governance institutions in urban redevelopment in São Paulo. He is also works on bike sharing programs and metropolitan regional governance in Brazil.
Prior to coming to Michigan, Joshua worked for the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce and Community Redevelopment Agency. He has also worked with the city and state of Rio de Janeiro and assisted with the São Paulo City Housing Plan. Other research projects have included work with UN-Habitat and examining Sister Cities programs. He earned a B.A. in Economics, a B.S. in Public Policy, Management, and Planning, and a Master of Planning, all from the University of Southern California.
Wajiha graduated from the University of Michigan’s Master of Urban Planning Program in the spring of 2016. Her research examines the linkages between urban informality and security within conflict prone regions. For her thesis, she explored participatory planning in informal settlements of Casablanca and Marrakech, Morocco. Wajiha is also an international travel and portrait photographer, using photography as a form of social exploration. Wajiha is preparing for her first photo-exhibit on the use of public space in Marrakech. Earning a B.S.E in Industrial and Operations Engineering from the University of Michigan, Wajiha worked with Partners Healthcare near Boston, MA before pursuing graduate work.
Lacey graduated from the University of Michigan’s Master of Urban Planning Program in the spring of 2015 where she concentrated in Community Development and Housing Policy. She received her undergraduate degree at the New College of Florida where she studied Chinese Language and Culture and International Studies. She is currently a Policy Analyst at the Governor’s Office of Storm Recovery in New York State.
Lorin is a Master of Urban and Regional Planning student at the University of Colorado Denver, graduating in December 2018. His concentrations are in Regional Sustainability and Economic Development. His career prior to graduate school included landscape architecture, environmental policy advocacy and watershed planning. Lorin is from St. Louis, Missouri.
Our team would also like to thank Julie Steiff – freelance editor and Lecturer in Urban Planning and Writing in University of Michigan’s Master of Urban Planning Program – for her support in editing our case study materials.