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Emma Bonanno
Graduate Analyst

Emma develops urban planning strategies that center trust-building and advance communities’ environmental, social, and economic priorities.


Emma joins Karp Strategies with experience in community development, affordable housing, and neighborhood planning. She is a current Master in Urban Planning degree candidate and Presidential Scholarship recipient at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. At Harvard, Emma has to deliver economic development analyses, neighborhood plans, and communications strategies in collaboration with local governments and area nonprofits. Prior to joining Karp Strategies, she served as an AmeriCorps VISTA member with Enterprise Community Partners, delivering technical assistance and building capacity for mission-based organizations pursuing affordable housing development. She is passionate about uplifting economic and social justice goals to create liveable, sustainable, and affordable cities.

As a Graduate Analyst at Karp Strategies, Emma works closely with project teams on stakeholder engagement, research and analysis, and communications for a range of cross-sector initiatives. She currently supports the Red Hook Coastal Resiliency project, where Karp Strategies focuses on stakeholder engagement strategy and execution in collaboration with NYC DDC. Emma is additionally supporting community outreach, research, and strategic communications for renewable energy initiatives for a leading developer of offshore wind.

AREAs of expertise

Resiliency & Sustainability


Stakeholder Engagement


Qualitative Research


Geographic Information Systems


Economic & Community Development


Urban Design


Program Operations & Execution

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