MURP ‘15, GPA Certificate: Global Urbanization and Regional Development
Zack was born in Denver, Colorado, and lived there for 18 years, though he spent much of his childhood going back and forth between Denver and the Bay Area, where his entire extended family lives. He received a Bachelor’s of Science in Urban Planning from Arizona State University, as well as a minor in Chicana/o and Latina/o Studies. During he undergraduate career, he interned with city planning departments in Arizona and Colorado. More recently, this past summer he interned with FRESC: Good Jobs, Strong Communities in Denver, which focuses on enhancing the quality of life for those living along the Front Range through jobs that pay livable wages, family supporting benefits, a voice in decisions that affect them, affordable housing, and transportation. During my internship he worked directly with the organization’s policy analyst and community organizer on regional equitable transportation and affordable housing issues. Zack in the Master of Urban Planning program, concentrating in Transportation Policy and Planning. Within GPA, he is most interested in the Global Urbanization and Regional Development Cluster. Interning in Denver this past summer sparked his interested in regional issues, as he was working on transportation and housing issues that transcended municipal borders and were very much region-wide issues in need of region-wide solutions. He is also interested in the role globalization plays in city regions around the world, but especially in the context of transnational city-regions, such as Tijuana-San Diego and El Paso-Juarez, among others. Additionally, going back to his MURP concentration, he is very interested in the role of transportation in these transnational regions. His post-graduate goals are to work on regional equitable transportation and affordable housing issues, much like his most recent summer internship. Zack is also very interested in working along the US-Mexico border doing some type of work regarding cross-border transportation issues.