My name is SYED AGMAL ALI and I am an urban planning student at Harvard University. I am determined to employ urban planning and public policy to help grow communities that are better connected and defy the socio-spatial determinants of health and wealth.
Last summer, I was the Neighborhood Planning Intern at the NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD). My team was responsible for the housing component of the City of New York’s comprehensive multi-agency neighborhood planning studies and leads HPD’s own neighborhood housing studies itself.
Before graduate school, I spent 3.5 years setting digital communications strategy for FoodCorps, a national nonprofit connecting kids to healthy food in school. I worked to expand the organization’s social media audience, redesign our website as part of a brand refresh, and collaborate cross-functionally on fundraising, recruitment, and advocacy campaigns.
I graduated in 2013 from Wesleyan University with a Bachelor of Arts in Government and English. At Wesleyan, I led student government committees on community building and information technology as well as served as student representative on the university’s Board of Trustees. I was a contributor and editor for the independent student life blog Wesleying and a staff writer for the college newspaper, The Wesleyan Argus.
To learn more about my educational and professional accomplishments, please find me on LinkedIn.