Renee Barton

Senior Analyst

Renee provides research and analytic support for a variety of open space, strategic planning, and program design and implementation projects across the United States.


Renee is currently conducting an economic impact study to demonstrate the benefits of The Underline, a planned linear park that will span a 10-mile corridor in Miami-Dade County, Florida. She is also supporting the master planning process for a revitalized City Hall Plaza in Boston, contributing to the formation of a business plan that will inform the plaza’s physical design.

She previously supported the business planning and implementation of a public-space programming plan for The Lawn on D in Boston’s Innovation District on behalf of the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority, and contributed market and financial analysis to inform a vision plan for mixed-use, transit-oriented redevelopment of a large former industrial site at Broadway Station in Denver. Renee has supported open space opportunity assessments in Raleigh, Mesa City, Oklahoma City, and St. Petersburg.

Prior to her work at HR&A, Renee supported former Department of City Planning Commissioner Amanda Burden in various research and inter-governmental projects as the Office of the Commissioner Executive Intern. She previously contributed to the creation of partnerships to implement economic development initiatives in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and worked on a campaign to attract commercial investment to South Los Angeles with a package of zoning and tax incentives.

Renee received a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations with an emphasis on International Development from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles.

Board Member, Friends of the East River State Park

Member, Public Private Real Estate Professionals (PPREP)

Member, United Green Council