Neighborhood Defenders Expert Volunteers

Meet the planners and urban researchers who are lending their technical expertise to support grassroots neighborhood plan creation.

Jennifer Rangel is the Planning and Community Outreach Director for the Inclusive Communities Project. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Recreation, Park and Tourism Sciences from Texas A&M University and her Masters degree in City Planning from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Jennifer grew up in Oak Cliff and is passionate about equity issues in the City of Dallas.

Evelyn Mayo is the Chair of Downwinders at Risk. She received her undergraduate degree in Environmental Science and Race and Ethnicity from Barnard College, and is pursuing her Masters in City and Regional Planning at the University of Texas Arlington. Evelyn has been an organizer and advocate on environmental justice issues for almost a decade in Washington D.C., New York and Dallas.

Emily Fitzgerald is the Southwestern Medical District Project Assistant with the Texas Trees Foundation, a private nonprofit focused on urban forestry, green infrastructure and sustainable design. Emily graduated from Wake Forest University in 2017 with a finance degree. She is now pursuing her master’s degree in City and Regional Planning from the University of Texas at Arlington. Emily wholeheartedly believes that, in the words of Jane Jacobs, “Cities have the capability of providing something for everybody, only because, and only when, they are created by everybody.” – Jacobs, The Death and Life of Great American Cities.

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