Reginald M. Best is a rising fourth-year Juris Doctor / Masters in City and Regional Planning student at Rutgers Law School-Newark and the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy. A lifelong New Jersey resident, he also attended Rutgers University as an undergraduate, graduating with a B.A. in History/Political Science and a minor in Economics. Prior to commencing graduate studies, he worked as a case assistant in the New York offices of the law firm Paul Hastings LLP. While a newcomer to the field of community development, Reginald’s life-long curiosity about New Jersey’s Balkanized municipalities and their residents has fueled his interest in gentrification, localism, and fair housing.
Gregory Brodie is pursuing a Masters in the Geography Department, with a focus on community infrastructure development and economic geography. Gregory received a B.A. in Political Studies from Prescott College, in Arizona. Politically maturing in Arizona lead to a political and research focus on issues of social and environmental justice, especially around migrant labor, militarized borders, and housing economies. Now his research focuses on the political economy of global trade and the social and ecological impacts that has on affordable housing and sustainable jobs in cities.
Lindsey Connors is a first-year graduate student in the Master of City and Regional Planning program at Rutgers University. Prior to arriving at Rutgers, Lindsey grew up in Massachusetts and studied community economic development at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. Having a passion for the arts, she has participated in community-based arts projects in both urban and suburban settings. Since her time as an undergraduate, her interests have developed to include community development as it relates to urban social theory and philosophy, the intersection of nature and the built environment, and community-based research methods.
Josh Glickenhaus is a first-year student in the Master of City and Regional Planning program at Rutgers University’s Bloustein School. Prior to beginning his graduate studies, Josh spent several years working with community development financial institutions (CDFIs) in various roles: first providing microloans to Philadelphia-area small businesses who lacked access to traditional credit, and more recently as an associate with Aeris, the CDFI credit rating agency that seeks to connect mission-driven lenders with capital markets. Josh is passionate about equitable development and housing justice, seeking solutions to the challenges of urban redevelopment that uphold the dignity of low-income communities. Josh was born and raised in Boston, and has called Philadelphia home since 2012. He received his B.A. in political science from Swarthmore College.
Nicole Marrocco is a graduate student in the Master of City and Regional Planning program at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy. She is interested in issues relating to sustainable and equitable redevelopment. Prior to attending Bloustein, Nicole engaged local, regional, and national stakeholders to develop and advocate for policy solutions to vacancy, abandonment, and disinvestment in West Virginia, including exploring potential reforms to West Virginia’s property tax system and orchestrating a successful campaign to increase the state’s historic rehabilitation tax credit. Nicole holds a dual B.A. in Archaeology and Classical Civilizations from Boston University.
Seth McClerklin is a first-year MCRP student at Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy. Prior to attending the Bloustein school, Seth spent a year working for Eighteenth Street Development Corporation located in Pilsen, Chicago. There, Seth worked to connect Pilsen business owners and residents with actionable resources to foster economic development. Seth is passionate about community development and finance, and hopes to find innovated ways to bridge the equity gap found in various communities. Seth received his Bachelor’s degree in Urban Planning and Public Affairs from The University of Illinois at Chicago. After receiving his Master’s Degree, Seth hopes to return home to Chicago and utilize planning knowledge gained to give back to his community
Annette Ritchie is in her first year of the City and Regional Planning and Public Policy dual master’s program at Rutgers University. She was born and raised in Ambler, a Philadelphia suburb. Since then, she has lived in Pittsburgh studying Materials Science and Biomedical Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University, and later in Baltimore serving as an AmeriCorps member at the Neighborhood Design Center. Living in those post-industrial communities sparked Annette’s interest in the relationship between people and place, and how their mutual evolution can have such different outcomes. By concentrating in Community Development and Housing, she hopes to understand the role that planning and policy played in creating different storylines as they relate residents’ ability to affect their own space. She is also interested in community participation methods, concepts of trauma, and arbitration.
Erin Royals is a third-year geography doctoral student at Rutgers University, focusing on the production of racialized spaces in Kansas City, Missouri. Prior to starting her studies at Rutgers, she worked as a city planner for the City of Kansas City, Missouri in the housing department. There, she worked to improve public engagement in the Community Development Block Grant distribution process as well as helped to coordinate the city hall’s involvement in Kansas City, Missouri’s HUD Promise Zone application. While at Rutgers, she has worked on a research project examining food insecurity in New Brunswick, New Jersey, spearheading the process to create an action plan to tackle food insecurity. A native of Kansas City, Erin holds a B.A. in History from Northwestern University and a Masters in Urban Planning from the University of Michigan.
Lorenzo Waters III is a second-year graduate student within the Master of City and Regional Planning Program at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy. He attended Rutgers University as a full-time student-athlete with a background in Political Science and Criminal Justice. Lorenzo is originally from southern Maryland and has developed a passion for community development and finding creative means to enfranchise underdeveloped/low-income communities.
Kathe Newman, PhD
Kathe Newman is an Associate Professor in the Urban Planning and Policy Development Program at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy and Director of the Ralph W. Voorhees Center for Civic Engagement. Dr. Newman holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from the Graduate School and University Center at the City University of New York. Her research explores urban change, what it is, why it happens, and what it means. Her research has explored gentrification, foreclosure, urban redevelopment, food security, community economic development and community participation. Dr. Newman has published articles in Urban Studies, International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, Urban Affairs Review, Shelterforce, Progress in Human Geography, Housing Studies, GeoJournal, and Environment and Planning A and is currently co-authoring a book with J. Philip Thompson and Ross Gittell on Community Based Organizations for Sage Publications.