Tamika Maise

Tamika Maise works with HR&A’s People team as a Talent and HR Coordinator, helping to support recruitment, onboarding, and HR-focused initiatives.

 

Tamika was born and grew up in Jamaica, where she studied History and International Relations at the University of the West Indies. She is currently in her final year of study at SUNY Empire State College pursuing an MBA in Human Resources Management. Before joining the HR&A team, she served in administrative and HR capacities in the academic, medical, and non-profit fields. Tamika enjoys researching, volunteering and helping find solutions to workforce challenges.

Tamika is a mother of two toddlers who help to keep her active. She has a positive outlook on life and always finds a reason to laugh and celebrate small victories. She enjoys music and dance, and she dreams of one day visiting Soweto, South Africa to explore the land and culture of a country she fell in love with while studying its rich history.

Laura Kim

Laura uses quantitative and qualitative analysis to achieve place-based urban development.

 

Based in HR&A’s New York office, Laura supports market and demand studies, placemaking strategies, as well as governance analyses for projects such as a large mixed-use redevelopment in Portland, Oregon, and a new cultural institution in upstate New York.

Laura studied urban planning at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) with a focus on City Design and Development and researched diverse issues such as the post-pandemic public realm and the role of place brands in changing neighborhoods. While at MIT, she had experiences as the Summer Associate at Hudson Companies, where she managed the pre-development phase for an affordable housing development in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. Laura was the Carbon-Neutral Buildings Fellow at the City of Boston, where she supported community engagement processes leading up to Building Emissions Reduction and Disclosure Ordinance 2.0. She spent a semester in South Korea working on a creative Public-Private Partnership strategy for abandoned public buildings and helped build a rooftop skatepark. She has also served as a Teaching Assistant for Intro to Urban Design and Development at MIT.

Prior to planning school, Laura had five years of experience as a brand strategist in NYC. She has crafted brand narratives and marketing campaign executions for clients such as Bank of America, Stanford Graduate School of Business, and Organic Valley. She also enjoys writing about cities with a published column and posts in various publications.

Laura holds a Master in City Planning from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a B.A. in International Comparative Studies from Duke University.

Samuel Jacobs

Samuel Jacobs provides research and analytical support for a variety of real estate and economic development projects.

 

Prior to HR&A, he worked as an organizer with the North Carolina Democratic Party and before that as an organizer for the 2020 Democratic National Coordinated Campaign based in Phoenix, Arizona. Throughout his time organizing, he recruited and trained teams of volunteers in order to launch direct voter contact initiatives aimed at registering and mobilizing voters.​​​​​​​

Born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona, Samuel traveled east to earn a B.A. in Political Science from Boston College. He moved to Durham, North Carolina in August of 2021 and is based in HR&A’s Raleigh office.

Tajae Hinds

Tajae supports HR&A’s People team by informing, developing and implementing recruitment strategies for consulting and non-consulting roles.

 

Prior to joining HR&A, Tajae worked at the City College of New York where she managed the overall hiring, training, and onboarding of Ambassadors for the Admissions Department and assisted the Recruitment team by facilitating communication with external community organizations to strengthen relationships.

Tajae holds a Bachelor’s in Business Administration and Management from the City College of New York. She is also a proud Colin Powell Partners for Change Health Justice Fellow.

Adina Jahan

Adina’s research and quantitative analysis guides strategies for equitable urban development, bringing expertise in the health policy and politics of underprivileged populations.

 

As a Research Analyst, Adina started her work at HR&A as a core team member of the NYC Speaks project, a civic engagement initiative designed to translate the ideas of New Yorkers into meaningful policies and help inform the priorities of the mayoral administration. Adina has always been drawn to this type of community-based work, where rigorous analysis of data produces actionable solutions to the most critical challenges facing our communities.

Adina graduated in 2020 with a Bachelor’s degree in Public Health from Johns Hopkins University, and is interested in the intersection between urban planning and community health outcomes. Previously, she has worked for the No Boundaries Coalition, a nonprofit and advocacy organization, where she worked to help launch sustainable food markets to improve health outcomes in west Baltimore. In addition, she has experience in community organizing in the Bronx, Public Health research, and in the real estate & mortgage industry in NYC. Adina hopes to reconcile her diverse interests and background through her work at HR&A. As a longtime resident of New York City, Adina is excited to work with New York office colleagues to tackle the complex challenges facing the city.

Danno Lemu

Danno pulls from diverse experiences in community organizing, research, and data analysis to support economic development and affordable housing initiatives in the DC-region.

 

Prior to joining HR&A, Danno was a Community Organizer in Washington D.C. with the Industrial Areas Foundation, where he worked alongside the District’s most vulnerable populations to advocate for the creation and preservation of affordable housing across the city.

Previously, Danno worked as a Senior Research Analyst at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. In this role, he conducted rigorous quantitative analysis on topics relating to household finance, placing particular emphasis on differences in economic outcomes and policy impacts by race, income, geography, and other demographic factors.

Danno received his B.S. in Economics, with minors in Statistics and Business Analytics, from the University of Maryland, College Park.

Alexandra Poses

Alexandra’s research and analysis guide strategies for housing policy related to wealth-building, supply creation, and equitable community development.

 

Based in the Washington, D.C. office, Alexandra supports real estate and housing policy development around the county for projects such as a down payment assistance product in California and an employer-assisted housing fund in Atlanta.

Prior to joining HR&A, Alexandra worked at Fannie Mae Multifamily on conventional and structured debt transactions, Low-Income Housing Tax credit equity investments, and in the strategy group on policy planning to create debt products and engage in corporate partnerships that improve renter protections and outcomes. At Dover, Kohl & Partners, a Miami-based transit-oriented development consultancy, Alexandra worked on a long-range transportation plan for Miami-Dade County and other commissioned master plans and zoning codes. At the City of Doral, Alexandra reviewed planning and zoning submissions and generated public-facing mapping applications to track local development efforts.

While studying at the University of Virginia, Alexandra researched the impact of changes in business and regulatory environments on land valuation. Specifically, she performed econometric analyses on Portland’s changing residential neighborhoods, and on Fortune 1000 headquarters movements that built knowledge economies in North American, Western European, and South Asian cities. Additionally, for the School of Architecture, she devised a new framework for Bachelor’s and Master’s programs and mapped Kenya and Bangladesh refugee camps to determine the impact of urban form on COVID-19 transmission rates. As an academic tutor, she supported UVA athletes in economics, statistics, and calculus courses.

Alexandra holds a Bachelor of Urban and Environmental Planning and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of Virginia.

Eve Lettau

Eve’s analysis guides policy recommendations for equitable and holistic economic development related to innovation districts, workforce development, and wealth.

 

Based in HR&A’s Raleigh office, Eve conducts economic impact analyses that help guide the development of innovation districts and other asset-based projects aimed at improving economic outcomes in communities nationally and internationally.

Before joining HR&A, Eve supported economic development analyses and policy development for rural and disadvantaged communities in North Carolina as a research analyst for NCGrowth at the Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise at UNC-Chapel Hill. Similarly, she also worked for the Virginia Tech Center for Economic and Community Engagement where she helped to advance statewide development through initiatives like the statewide Virginia Growth and Diversification Plan.

Eve received her master’s degree in City and Regional Planning from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Much of her research and coursework involved the various uses of economic development policies to improve holistic measures of community wellbeing. Some of these projects included determining the feasibility of an outdoor recreation manufacturing cluster in western North Carolina, evaluating outcomes of a workforce requirement policy in the Charlotte public housing authority, and researching how anchor institutions can better procure from minority and disadvantaged businesses through the AICER program at UNC Create.

In addition to her master’s degree, Eve holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics and a Bachelor of Arts in Urban Policy from Virginia Tech

Sam Moeller

Sam helps HR&A tell its story by overseeing the firm’s digital communications strategy in support of intentional growth and meaningful impact.

 

Sam Moeller brings over a decade of experience working with professional services firms to develop compelling messaging, strong visual identity, and effective marketing and communications strategy. Prior to joining HR&A, she managed marketing and communications teams for architectural firms Bohlin Cywinski Jackson and WRNS Studio, stewarding the organizations through significant transitions via strategic planning and thoughtful brand development. In these roles, and with firms like LaunchSquad and Forell/Elsesser Engineers, Sam helped create brand standards, refreshed websites, collateral libraries, and editorial calendars to support recruitment and business development.

Sam’s professional career is bolstered by her personal art practice and volunteer work with arts organizations like the Industrial Arts Workshop in Pittsburgh and the Museum of Craft and Design in San Francisco. In her artistic work, she often uses photography and written narrative to explore themes like empathy, identity, and our relationship with the natural world.

Sam holds a Masters in Design from the Glasgow School of Art and a B.A. in English from UCLA.

Rachel Webster

Rachel draws on a decade of work in nonprofit and government entities to support our clients in inclusive economic development and equitable placemaking practices.

 

Rachel is passionate about working with local community development corporations and city agencies to fill the gaps between the traditional real estate market and community needs by driving dollars and knowledge to under-resourced neighborhoods. Most recently, Rachel was a Senior Project Manager for the New York City Economic Development Corporation with a focus on grant compliance on major infrastructure projects across the city.

While living in Phoenix, she worked for the Local Initiatives Support Corporation where she managed financial stability programs and various projects that centered the voices of communities of color fighting for their right to the city.

Rachel serves as the Board President of Brooklyn Level Up, a nascent nonprofit organization, whose mission is to cultivate equity, wealth, and networks for people of color in Brooklyn, New York.

Rachel Webster is a Master of Urban Planning student at New York University’s Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service with a focus on city and community planning. She received her B.A. in Political Science from CUNY’s Macaulay Honors College at Brooklyn College.