The promise of excitement and a desire to make a difference drew me to the Innovation Team. When I first came to Syracuse in 2012, I was fairly unfamiliar with the majority of the city. I worked in economic development for a few years and came to understand just how valuable many of our Syracuse assets and resources were.  

Now, after three years of exploring and experiencing everything that Syracuse has to offer, I realize just how great of a place it really is. Syracuse is a city that is blessed with diversity, the four seasons, and a rich history. It has allowed me to develop new passions and interests such as cycling, art, food, and design. 

My position with the i-team gives me the opportunity to make Syracuse an even better place, and to showcase why it is a great community to live, work, and play in. I hope that my work with the i-team will encourage others to love this city as much as I do.

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I first came to Syracuse as an undergraduate at Syracuse University. After moving away for several years, teaching English in South Korea and working for a consulting firm in Washington, DC, I came back to Syracuse to work for my alma mater.

Now working for the Innovation Team, I gather and analyze data, and make data-driven recommendations to improve city services. I like to spend my free time with my family exploring as much as I can in Central New York, from the beautiful outdoors, to summer festivals, to cheering on the Orange in the Dome.

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My family and I immigrated to the United States in 1994 and Syracuse has been our home ever since. My first job out of college was as an assistant planner for the City of Syracuse. Seeing the city from this standpoint gave me a new appreciation for what makes this community so special. It was here that I learned to see Syracuse not just as my hometown but as my chosen home and I love serving it as best I can every day. 

As analytics coordinator, I will collect, analyze and present data so as to further understand and help generate innovative solutions to some of Syracuse's toughest challenges.

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I’m a recent graduate from Syracuse University with my BA in public relations and public policy. Over the past four years I’ve had the opportunity to experience many of the wonderful things this city has to offer, both on and off campus, and to become a part of this amazing community. I am hoping to use my skills and degree to help make Syracuse an even greater place to be, and to continue to explore CNY while I do it.

I’m currently serving as Program Coordinator for the Syracuse i-team. I’m excited to have the opportunity to work with the team to address some of the city’s biggest challenges and to connect with the citizens we serve.

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I came to Syracuse University in September 2005 to become the first community geographer here or elsewhere. In this avant-garde position, I am tasked with assisting community-based organizations in analyzing geographic research topics of their choosing. It is truly a labor of love. I meet new people passionate about their communities and contribute to exciting community initiatives almost daily.

I help to forge partnerships between traditionally trained academic scholars and local experts to tackle some of our most pressing community concerns. I am assisted by a dynamic team of bright and thoughtful undergraduate interns and graduate research assistants. 

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