Creating space through Urban design planning and community development.
My journey to work with community/ plant medicine took a shape in 2009 through a 3 month permaculture course I was a part of in Miami. FL. I became inspired by Native traditions, teachings, ancient and innovative practices of soil and community building. At the end of the course I decided to move to New Mexico to study sustainability, community planning, art & Ecology, and Native American Studies.
During my time there, I focused on community building through urban design (informed by the above mentioned disciplines) because I see it as a tool to reach a large amount of people and have noticeable impact in their life style.
Successful community planning and is a multifaceted process where bottom-up and top-down ideas meet in the middle in a clear way. What I offer to this field is my cultural sensitivity, research skills, focus on true sustainability and effective communication through graphic representation.
My philosophy is based on active-living, education and integration with the natural environment to establish body/mind healthy communities.
I have had the fortune to work from small-scale (community supported herbalism initiative, ABQ urban Indian center), to large-scale projects during my involvement with the GoogleMaps division for the N.E United States, developing maps and navigation for Google indoor maps as well as assisting with map alignments for Google Earth. Other large- scale projects include the City of Miami Beach bicycle-pedestrian master plan and street design guide and the ongoing Hela Province post-disaster building in Papua New Guinea.
In addition to graphic communications for community development/ urban design , I am active in the food/medicine sovereignty academic world. Food sovereignty plays a crucial role in cultural survival and ethnic sustainability. I am currently a contributing writer to the Maroon Magazine for the tribe's annual conference where indigenous perspectives are shared from indigenous peoples across the world.
My main topic of research and presentation at the annual Caribbean Studies Association Conference, has focused on bridging indigenous knowledge and strategies for food sovereignty and self-determination with Caribbean communities drawing on the parallels of indigenous reservation constrains as islands within land, and the islands in the Caribbean sea. For the past two years I've been involved with cultural preservation of Wixarika (Huichol) self-determination and Lakota native religious freedom and cultural survival through supporting efforts of peyote conservation projects in Mexico.
I am open to opportunities in the community development/ urban planning field that align with the values of conservation a revival of traditional practices, food sovereignty, and true sustainable design.
Currently also available for freelance work directly or through Upwork. com