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Lily Zaballos

Lily collaborates with stakeholders across urban communities to promote participatory planning solutions and work towards building equitable, resilient, and thriving communities and cities.


As an Associate at Karp Strategies, Lily brings together expertise in research, stakeholder engagement, and community-based planning and policy. Prior to joining Karp Strategies, Lily worked in various capacities at educational nonprofits, crafting educational curricula and facilitating workshops and classes for individuals of all ages. After years as an educator, Lily pivoted to the urban policy and community development fields, returning to school to complete her masters degree in urban policy at Hunter College. While at Hunter, Lily wrote for the Hunter College NYC Food Policy Center and served as a 2021-2022 Morgan Stanley/ANHD Community Development Fellow at the Cooper Square Committee, where she assisted with commercial lease and small business support initiatives. Lily’s experience working directly with diverse communities across NYC in education and community development spaces drives her commitment to participatory planning and her passion for building urban equity and fostering engaged communities. Lily holds an M.S. in Urban Policy and Leadership from Hunter College and a B.A. in Individualized Study from New York University. She grew up in Oakland, CA, and currently resides in Brooklyn, where she can often be found biking, songwriting, or experimenting with new recipes in the kitchen.

AREAs of expertise

Public Health + Wellness


Stakeholder Engagement


Qualitative Research


Geographic Information Systems


Economic + Community Development


Policy Design, Development + Analysis

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