What I am working on at the moment

I am working on Design and Public Policy: A User’s Manual, a guide for leaders in the public and social sectors interested in transforming policy development and social service design; and I am just starting a new project called Disrupting Diplomacy.

Why I wanted to join the Participatory City Global Advisory

I am fascinated by the drive of the project to prove itself at scale. Proving urban transformations at scale will be key for cities in years to come. For instance: how can urban food production evolve from sporadic to infrastructural?

A little bit about my background

I am the director of my own consultancy, Muchieast, and I am based in Providence, Rhode Island. Working from the smallest state in the U.S. may be challenging at times, but the upside is phenomenal: Providence is close to the sea side, the mountains, and cities like Boston, New York and Washington.

I am a Senior Critic in Architecture at the Rhode Island School of Design and an Adjunct Lecturer at Brown University’s Watson Institute for International Relations. I am a member of the Zoning Board of Reviews, City of Providence, and a founding member of the Rhode Island Food Policy Council.

Recently, I was the Systems Innovation and Design Lead with The Clinical Trials System Project, in collaboration with MIT Collaborative Initiatives and the Systems Institute at Johns Hopkins University. I co-developed the Institute for Design and Public Policy, a collaboration with the U.S. Department of State to build design capacity in the federal government.