Cheryl joined Karp Strategies as an urban planner with experience in research, data and spatial analysis and a strong passion for community engagement and planning. She draws from her experience conducting direct service outreach in underserved communities, and has done extensive research related to food systems, micro-enterprise economic development and food accessibility. Having lived in the United Kingdom, Belgium, Singapore, Beijing, Los Angeles and San Diego, Cheryl possesses a demonstrated ability to connect with clients and communities across different cultures and believes strong cities are deeply rooted within their people. To support this ethos, Cheryl brings her analytical lens and skills.
At Karp Strategies, Cheryl supports community and stakeholder engagement strategies, community planning analysis and research, data analytics, mapping and design. Cheryl recently graduated from Columbia University with a Master of Science in Urban Planning with a concentration in international planning and development. Her thesis focused on the impact of the political climate on enrollment and perceptions of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, also known as CalFresh) in immigrant communities in San Diego, California. She holds a B.A. from the University of California, San Diego in Urban Studies and Planning. She is fluent in written (simplified) and spoken Mandarin Chinese.