Associate Fellow, Placemaking, NewCities
Bridging the worlds of academia and practice, Dr. Mariela Alfonzo has over 15 years of expertise in the nexus between urban design and behavior, focusing on quantifying the triple-bottom line value of place. She is the Founder and CEO of State of Place, a communication and decision-making tool for the urban planning and real estate industries that quantifies what people love about cities and why it makes sense to make them better. Mariela was recognized as Urban Land Institute’s 40 under 40 Best Young Land Use Professionals and was awarded a Fulbright to examine walkability in China. In addition, Dr. Alfonzo is a Research Assistant Professor at New York University, where she teaches entrepreneurship and urban design.