Jennifer Gardner

Jennifer Gardner

Program Manager at Ghel Institute

Jennifer is an urban planner whose work aims to promote equity and opportunity through human-centered planning and design and sound public policy. She is passionate about bridging theory and practice. Previously, Jennifer was a Senior Planner with the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation, where she managed a portfolio of planning, policy, and strategic priority projects. At NYC Parks, Jennifer created and led implementation of several initiatives focusing on enhancing equity in public space, including the Community Parks Initiative and the Anchor Parks program, both large-scale and multi-phase capital programs that are actively transforming parks within NYC’s highest-need neighborhoods, and focusing public investment in stewardship and activation through local partnership development and programming. Jennifer’s work with NYC Parks also included resiliency and waterfront design and planning projects. Prior to that, Jennifer led zoning and development proposals through the City’s public approval process for the Manhattan Borough President’s Office, consulted on sustainable transportation projects at WXY Architecture and Urban Design, and was a fellow at the Pratt Center for Community Development. She holds an MS in City and Regional Planning from Pratt Institute and a BA in English Literature from Cornell University.

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Public life intersections: A new framework for inclusive, healthy places