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|Student Spotlight: Leah Sheppard|
Leah Sheppard is a Master of Professional Studies candidate in Sustainable Urban Planning with a concentration in Climate Change Management and Policy at The George Washington University. She is expected to graduate in the Spring of 2018.
"Leah is an incredibly sharp student with an outstanding career ahead of her. She is exactly the kind of professional that the Sustainable Urban Planning Program was designed to attract: a forward-looking planner, who will help advance the field by facing down the new and complicated problems of the 21st Century,” said Program Director Dr. John Carruthers. “We look forward to following Leah's accomplishments in the program and beyond!"
A Philadelphia native, Leah has a substantial background working in local and state government as well as the non-profit sector. Her passion for urban planning was sparked during an internship with the Pennsylvania Environmental Council amid the roll out of the Green City, Clean Waters plan, where she consulted local businesses on best practices in storm water management. She is currently the graduate student intern for the Center for Sustainability at the Urban Land Institute (ULI) where she supports the Urban Resilience program. She is also a consultant for The World Bank’s 2017 Conference on Land and Poverty. Previously, Leah worked in the Pennsylvania Governor's Office of Public Liaison, facilitating statewide board and commission appointments that focused on environment and health related issues.
Leah holds a bachelor’s degree in Community, Environment, and Development and a minor in Political Science from The Pennsylvania State University. “During my undergraduate career, I particularly enjoyed working on the capstone project,” shares Leah. “My team and I analyzed how a small town in central Pennsylvania successfully reversed a trend of economic distress through a commitment to supporting local businesses and agriculture as well as a community engagement process that established new networks of cooperation and co-benefit.”
In her free time, Leah enjoys live music, being active, and Philadelphia sporting events.
Here’s more on our Q & A with Leah:
Q: What specialty are you studying?
Q: Why did you select your particular specialty?
Q: Is there a particular class or professor that has made a great impact on you? How so?
Q: What's your favorite project you’ve worked on, in class or in practice?
Q: What future goals do you have in your field?
Q: How has planning school changed your daily habits?
Q: What did you want to be when you were growing up?
Q: If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?
Q: What is the title of the last book you read? What did you learn from it?