Paola is a Planning Associate at KDI’s Los Angeles office. Paola is passionate about using participatory design and community development to work toward the alleviation of racism, poverty, and injustice in marginalized communities. At KDI Paola engages community members on projects ranging from transportation planning to gender-inclusive urban design. Before becoming a Planning Associate Paola interned at KDI, contributing her skills to community engagement, research, analysis, and participatory design workshops on a variety of projects. She has also worked on community and economic development in Detroit, mapping neighborhood conditions and supporting small “good food” businesses. Paola holds a Master of Urban and Regional Planning from University of California, Los Angeles, with graduate certificates in Design and Development.