Advisory Services

In addition to my independent research, I’m currently offering pro bono consulting on a part-time basis to activists and communities of color engaged in planning conflicts with private and public institutions.

In my previous consulting practice I provided analysis and recommendations on matters of local economic development, real estate development, permit processing, and community engagement. My clients included nearly exclusively Fortune 500 companies, developers and local governments. My one community-based client was a pro bono engagement to help the Women’s Civic Improvement Club of Oak Park resolve a pending foreclosure.

My work with the WCIC included:

  • Negotiating a partnership agreement with a local government agency
  • Negotiating settlement agreements with lien holders
  • Coordinating the liquidation of surplus assets to partially meet obligations of lien holders

My market-rate work with private and public clients included:

  • Economic analysis of real estate transactions
  • Formation of assessment districts
  • Negotiating public-private partnership agreements
  • Tax revenue projections from proposed projects

If your community organization needs the research or consulting expertise I’ve demonstrated feel free to contact me and I’ll see if I can act as an ally on your behalf.

Here is a brief bio on my broader experience:

Bio: My first few careers focused on economic and community development and included leadership positions in both the public and private sectors – including eight years in the City Manager’s Office in Sacramento, eight years as a small-business owner, and nine years with Fortune 1000 companies. During this time I negotiated over $2.0 billion in public-private partnerships and real estate investments. My roles have included leading the City of Sacramento Economic Development Division, heading the strategic planning and site selection group at  Southern California Edison’s Corporate Real Estate Department, and serving as a Vice President of Granite Construction’s real estate subsidiary. I have taught graduate courses in public policy, program evaluation and public finance at USC’s Price School of Public Policy.

Education: 

  • Ph.D., Public Policy and Administration (concentration: Urban and Regional Planning), L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs, Virginia Commonwealth University.
  • M.P.A., Price School of Public Policy, University of Southern California.
  • B.S., College of Education, Oregon State University.