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Columbia University, New York, New York
Ph.D. in Urban Planning, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, 2007

Concentration: Coastal land/environmental land policy and hazards mitigation
Dissertation Title: Determinants of Local Hazard Mitigation Policy and Built Environment
Vulnerability: Three Case Studies from Florida’s Treasure Coast.  Honors - Awarded Distinction

M.S. Urban Planning, Graduate School of Architecture, Planning & Preservation, 1989 

Concentration: Economic Development and Real Estate Studies
Honors -Recipient of the Charles Abrams Award for best Master Thesis

​Oberlin College, Oberlin, Ohio

B.A. Sociology, 1986



Karoff Consulting, Brooklyn, New York 

Contracted consultant -2012- present -Working with principal to prepare responses to New York City Economic Development Corporation RFPs for assorted clients seeking to purchase and redevelop city-owned land. Provide economic analysis, advice on project scope and positioning and guidance on green-building practices for assorted commercial development proposals. 

Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, Florida


Visiting ScholarCenter for Environmental Studies    2011 –2012

Organizing a Conference Panel  -“Turning the Corner, Retail Strategies for Secondary Corridors. ” Congress for New Urbanism, Annual Meeting, West Palm Beach – Scheduled May 9, 2012

Senior Research Fellow - Center for Urban & Environmental Solution,    2004-2008

Co-Principal Investigator of a three-year $354,000 NOAA funded Florida Hurricane Alliance project grant. This research project examined  coastal land use patterns, community vulnerability and hurricane mitigation initiatives. The two phase project resulted in several academic publications and policy analysis reports.

  •  Phase I - Living on the Edge: Treasure Coast Barrier Island Coastal Vulnerability Study investigates the social, economic and built environment characteristics of barrier island communities in three Florida counties.

  • Phase II - Assessment of Redefining Florida’s Coastal High Hazard Areas is a GIS-based analysis of the policy legislative change on community development in coastal areas. 

  •  Faculty Associate of the Visual Technology Planning Lab at FAU and an Adjunct Professor for Department of Urban and Regional Planning.  

Lynn University, Boca Raton, Florida  
Publications  click here..


Courses Taught


  • Introduction to Planning Methods

  • Regionalism

  • Dialogues of Scientific Literacy

  • Brewster Urban Planning Studio

  • Environmental Planning II


2010 - present

2010 - present

As a Visiting Scholar and  developed a new course: Dialogue of Scientific Literacy. This was an environmentally-oriented course I developed for their new core-curriculum.

Columbia University, New York City, New York

Special Projects Officer, Columbia University’s Earth Institute , 2001-2003

Developed awarded proposal for "Sustainable Land Use and Transportation Planning for Rapidly Growing Cities, a $1.8 million multi-year grant from the Volvo Research and Educational Foundation.  I was also a Team Leader of  the Earth Institute’s Center for Hazards and Risk Research demonstration project for the Regional Government Council of Caracas Venezuela.  

Assistant Director of the Graduate Programs in Urban Planning. 1999-2001

collaborated with the Program Director and the Business Manager to develop and manage the program budget,  hire adjunct faculty. I  lead the program's Curriculum Review Task Force in 2000 and also  developed a recruitment strategy that increased enrollment 30% in one year

Principal & Senior Partner, Health Sciences Consultant Group, Inc.   

Financial Management & Corporate Officer 1993-1998.  Marketing - Support relationship contact with principal clients, grass-root organizations, and medical professionals.  Developed primary technical  marketing brochure, one-page mailers, and all written public relations correspondence.

Associate, Baring Advisors, Inc.      


Market Researcher 1990-1993 - Prepared dozens of market studies for property acquisitions and portfolio evaluation. Analyzed demographic trends, economic conditions and supply and demand forecasts for diverse property types. Advised asset managers on retail mix and potential commercial tenants for property under management.

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