Anna Messer

A research analyst in our New York office, Anna is passionate about equitable economic development, affordable housing, and urban resilience.

 

Before joining HR&A, Anna worked as a Program Associate at the Center for NYC Neighborhoods, where she assisted low- and middle- income homeowners across New York. She was previously an intern at Sam Schwartz Transportation Consultants and a Princeton in Asia Fellow in Phang Nga, Thailand, where she taught English at a public high school.

Anna received a B.A. in Urban Studies from Brown University. Her senior capstone project analyzed rental housing ownership in Providence, RI, in service to a local community-based organization. As a researcher with Brown’s Climate and Development Lab, Anna attended the 2017 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 23).

Kas Tebbetts

Kas supports projects ranging from comprehensive planning to real estate development, with a focus on meaningful community engagement and holistic, interdisciplinary solutions to place-based challenges.

 

Kas is an Analyst in HR&A’s Dallas office. She brings a wide range of experience in planning and community building, having worked closely with community activists, developers, designers, policymakers, and investors. Her skills and knowledge include innovative methods in community investment and community wealth-building, community engagement, and cultural preservation.

Prior to joining HR&A, Kas led the development and implementation of an equitable community engagement strategy for the City of Baltimore’s Climate Action Plan update process. Her work focused on making climate an accessible and relevant issue for Baltimoreans, while ensuring that collaboration with residents shaped every part of the engagement process.

As a Special Assistant at the Center for Community Investment (CCI), Kas assisted in running leadership development programs and workshops for emerging leaders in the community development field. As part of the Accelerating Investments for Healthy Communities program, she helped plan and execute programming for teams of health system executives who were learning how to leverage their assets to support community health through housing or economic development.

Kas also brings significant research experience in affordable housing planning and public housing redevelopment. As an intern with the Regional Plan Association, she helped develop an accessible affordable housing planning guidebook for Connecticut towns for the Connecticut Department of Housing. For her thesis in Architecture and Urban Studies at Yale, Kas conducted independent research on the redevelopment of public housing in East Baltimore. The case study investigated the efficacy of the federal Choice Neighborhoods Initiative’s implementation grant in promoting equity and preventing displacement in mixed-income redevelopment. Research on the Perkins, Somerset, and Oldtown Transformation project included a deep scan of the City’s archival records, interviews with the projects’ developers, designers, and key City officials, and significant work with Black community activists and leaders who have been fighting gentrification and displacement in East Baltimore for decades. The research project resulted in a comprehensive study of the redevelopment, and ongoing work supporting community activist organizations in the City.

Kas holds a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture and Urban Studies from Yale University. She found the field of urban planning through her work as a young adult in local history museums, and she loves any excuse to learn about the history of a place.

Kayla Jaffe

Kayla is at the forefront of creating equitable and just urban communities; she has worked with a variety of government agencies, nonprofits, foundations, and private sector clients to develop policies and programs that support the United States’ changing demographics.

 

Prior to her time at HR&A, Kayla conducted field interviews throughout the Midwest and traveled on a research grant to eastern Germany to study transnational socioeconomic policy implementation in declining industrial centers. Kayla also analyzed historical and economic trends of eminent domain and highway development in Dallas as an Engaged Learning Fellow at Southern Methodist University.

When she isn’t at work, Kayla enjoys reading, trying new recipes, playing board games, and hiking. One of her goals for the summer is to volunteer with a literacy organization to support learning outside of the classroom.

Kayley Estoesta

Kayley is interested in making cities more economically, racially, and socially just, while meaningfully engaging with neighborhood residents throughout the process.

 

She brings experience providing business development and marketing assistance to immigrant-owned food businesses during the pandemic, conducting community-centered design research to improve arts and education access for youth, and streamlining reporting requirements for New Market Tax Credit-funded projects across the country. Most recently, Kayley was a Fellow at Sweet Water Foundation in the South Side of Chicago, practicing urban farming, urban ecology, and regenerative neighborhood development. Kayley recently graduated from Yale College with a Bachelor’s in Urban Studies.

Andrew Bolton

In his role as a Research Analyst, Andrew provides research and analytical support to a wide range of projects at HR&A.

 

Prior to joining HR&A, Andrew worked as an Analyst at High Impact Financial Analysis in Albany, NY. While there, he assisted with underwriting on both real estate and business loans resulting in hundreds of affordable and supportive housing units being developed across America. Andrew also has prior internship experience at the Swearer Center at Brown University where he researched the impact different economic policies had on park accessibility and childhood obesity in lower income areas in Providence, RI.

Andrew received his Bachelor of Arts from Brown University in Business Economics and was a four-year varsity athlete on the football team.

Kimbaley Mitchell

‘Kimberly’ brings over 15 years of administrative experience across government, public, and the corporate sectors supporting Sr. Executives to her role as Administrative Assistant in HR&A’s Atlanta office.

 

Kimberly was previously the Sr. Executive Assistant and Office Manager at the City of Atlanta (COA), where she managed five departments across the office of the controller in the Department of Finance. Kimberly has collaborated with the financial reporting team in driving the comprehensive annual reports (CAFR, PAFR) and the details and design of cross departmental projects.

Before her work at COA, Kimberly supported neurosurgeons at Weill Cornell Medical Center in Neurological Surgery, union reps at the United Federation of Teachers, as well as Sr. Directors in the non-profit sector, and assisting the elderly with sustainable items for their wellbeing from donations to deliveries of nutritious meals.

She holds a Master’s in General Management from Metropolitan College of New York and a B.A. in Business Administration.

Sophia Campbell

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

 

Prior to HR&A, Sophia was a research assistant in the Hutchins Center for Fiscal and Monetary Policy at the Brookings Institution, where she focused on state and local public finance during the pandemic and federal infrastructure initiatives such as broadband expansion and lead pipe removal.

Sophia holds a B.A. in Economics from Harvard University, where she wrote a thesis on the long-term socioeconomic impacts of childhood air pollution exposure at the neighborhood level. She has previously interned at the Federal Reserve Board in Washington, researching topics in consumer finance, and at Opportunity Insights, focusing on policies that improve upward mobility in the United States.

Tommy Truong

Tommy draws on his experience in community engagement, data analysis and democratization, and public policy to support equitable and inclusive urban development.

 

Prior to joining HR&A, Tommy worked on several civic engagement tools and programs at the New York City Department of City Planning (NYCDCP). He evaluated the outputs and trends of the Community Districts Needs Statements and Community Board Budget Requests and presented key policy issues to senior leadership at City Hall and city agencies to inform decision-making. He also designed and led the engagement strategy for land use applicants in compliance with legislatively mandated Racial Equity Reports and use of the Equitable Development Data Explorer.

Previously, Tommy worked as a Project Associate at Hester Street where he co-authored Building Community Control in NYC, a report outlining recommendations for more innovative funding and financing solutions in conjunction with New York City’s Capital Grants Program.

Tommy holds a Masters in Urban Planning from New York University and a Bachelors in Construction Management from the University of Florida.

Marielle Saunders

Marielle provides research and analytical support to projects ranging from economic development and inclusive cities to urban resilience and innovation.

 

Directly before joining HR&A, Marielle graduated from the University of North Carolina with a Master’s in City and Regional Planning. During school she supported pre-development analyses with the Development Finance Initiative and worked closely with Anchor Institutions Create Economic Resilience (AICER). With AICER, her research focused on opportunities to diversify and localize institutional spending, with the goal of more intentionally leveraging the economic impact of large, public institutions. Prior to school, Marielle worked as a Program Assistant for the national economic development team at the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC). At LISC she helped expand and manage the national program with Kiva, a crowdfunded microlending platform designed to expand access to capital for small businesses. She also has experience in workforce development as an AmeriCorps VISTA with Ascend Indiana.

Marielle has a Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of Michigan and a Master’s in City and Regional Planning from the University North Carolina.

Shoshana Wintman

Shoshana is a Research Analyst based in the New York office. She is passionate about equitable urban development, resilient planning, and climate change adaptation.

 

Prior to joining HR&A, Shoshana interned at The Public Interest Law Center supporting attorneys in housing and environmental justice work. After undergrad, Shoshana joined the New York City Urban Fellows program for a 9-month urban policy fellowship. There, she worked at NYC Parks on their Planning and Parklands teams supporting work around urban agriculture, broadband access, and NYC Parks stewardship of New York’s historic public cemetery, Hart Island.

Shoshana has a Bachelor of Arts in Urban Studies with Honors from the University of Pennsylvania, and a minor in Sustainability and Environmental Management.