Senior Planner Joins City Development Team
Mayor Rolison announced today that Natalie Quinn has joined the city team as its new “Senior City Planner”. The position had been vacant since 2011 as the City grappled with successive years of budget deficits.
Ms. Quinn is an urban planner who emphasizes community-engagement and transition strategies as integral approaches to development policy and neighborhood revitalization. Prior to joining the City, Ms. Quinn worked in the private, public and non-profit sectors in New York City, most recently at Kevin Dwarka. LLC, a leading Land Use & Economic Consulting firm, where she provided municipal clients with regulatory and policy analysis focusing on the rejuvenation of commercial districts. While in that role, in partnership with the Pace Land Use Law Center, she worked on analysis specific to the City of Poughkeepsie including the “Innovation District Plan and Zoning Update” and the “Transit and Complete Streets Analysis”. Prior to her time with Kevin Dwarka LLC, Ms. Quinn worked at the N.Y.C. Department of City Planning, Bike New York, and the Citizen’s Planning Association of Santa Barbara, California.
“We are thrilled to bring such a highly-qualified and talented individual to Poughkeepsie. Natalie has the practical experience which perfectly complements our mission, and she joins us at just the right time”, said Mayor Rolison.
A native Californian, Ms. Quinn received her M.S. degree in urban planning from Columbia University, and a B.A. in Environmental Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara. She has guest-lectured at Yale University and New York University.