"In a racist society, it's not enough to be non-racist, we must be anti-racist." -Angela Davis
I work with government, non-profit, academic, and private organizations and groups who are seeking a speaker, consultant, or facilitator for equitable community planning and design:
inclusive community engagement
participatory planning and design
comprehensive neighborhood planning
racial and social justice in policy-making
housing and economic development
community infographics and communications
- gamifying learning
Giovania has over seven years of experience designing and executing participatory planning with low-income communities of color in the non-profit and public sectors. They most recently served as Deputy Director of Neighborhood Planning at the NYC Housing Preservation and Development in the Office of Neighborhood Strategies. There, Giovania managed several high-profile initiatives, including The Brownsville Plan and Where We Live NYC, the City's comprehensive fair housing initiative. They designed and led over 30 large-scale community workshops and hundreds of community meetings across four boroughs, engaging thousands of New Yorkers of various racial/ethnic, gender, sexual, religious, national, and economic backgrounds and abilities.
Between 2015-2020, Giovania co-founded and co-chaired the Diversity Committee (DivComm) of the American Planning Association New York Metro Chapter, and was a co-founder and lead organizer for the annual Hindsight Conference, a conference on urban planning through an equity lens.
In a consulting capacity, Giovania has worked most recently with Habitat for Humanity International's Housing and Community Strategy team to create anti-racism training materials and institutionalize racial equity into their neighborhood revitalization work.
Giovania holds an M.S. in City and Regional Planning from Pratt Institute, and a B.A. in Sociology from Dickinson.
Examples of Previous Planning Projects
“The trees act not as individuals, but somehow as a collective. Exactly how they do this, we don’t yet know. But what we see is the power of unity. What happens to one happens to us all. We can starve together or feast together.” -Robin Wall Kimmerer