SUP Alumni Conversations: Non-Profit Sector with Leah Sheppard

Leah Sheppard

The Sustainable Urban Planning Program is saluting its alumni to celebrate its ten year anniversary. This webinar is part of a series of conversations to showcase the diverse skills and careers of our graduates. The webinar will be conducted in a "fireside chat" format hosted by the Program Director and the leadership of the Student Organization (SUPSO).

Leah Sheppard (SUP '18) describes herself as an "accidental urban planner" who was following her passion to better understand humans' interactions with their environment. She'll describe her career path from advising businesses on green infrastructure implementation strategies to her current work at the Urban Land Institute's Urban Resilience program providing communities with information on how buildings, development, and cities can be more resilient in the face of climate change and other environmental vulnerabilities.

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Leah Sheppard, SUP Alumna:
Leah Sheppard is a Manager for the Urban Resilience program, which provides ULI members, the public, and communities across the United States with information on how buildings, development, and cities can be more resilient in the face of climate change and other environmental vulnerabilities. She is a contributing author for multiple ULI Publications, including “10 Principles for Building Resilience,” “Harvesting the Value of Water: Stormwater, Green Infrastructure, and Real Estate, ” and project briefs on the Developing Urban Resilience website.

Dr. Sandra Whitehead:
Dr. Sandra Whitehead is the Program Director of the Sustainable Urban Planning Program. She teaches Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, the studio classes and Land Use Law. Dr. Whitehead is a nationally recognized expert on the intersection of health, equity and the built environment.