Samantha Beckerman is a Master’s student in the Department of City and Regional Planning at the University of California, Berkeley, with a focus on real estate development, placemaking, and community and economic development. Most recently, Beckerman worked at the Association of Bay Area Governments, conducting research on housing policy, land use regulations, and development. During her first year of graduate school, she served as a Graduate Student Researcher for the University of California, Berkeley, Center for Community Innovation, where she worked on an evaluation of the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Sustainable Communities Initiative Regional Planning Grant Program. Earlier, she worked for four years at the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), an environmental advocacy group in Washington, D.C. Her work there focused on green building, community redevelopment, and smart growth. Beckerman has a B.A. in Anthropology and Environmental Studies from Kenyon College.