August 2019 | What makes a city tick? And big moves at KStrat!

Updated: Jan 21

An Interview with Ali Sutherland-Brown, Karp Strategies' Newest Director

We’re thrilled to share Ali Sutherland-Brown's promotion to Director. Since joining in 2015 as Karp Strategies’ very first hire, Ali has consistently delivered top-flight project management, client service, and outstanding project work - including stakeholder engagement, strategic planning, and community development initiatives across sectors, and leadership in business development and marketing.

We recently sat down with Ali for a Q&A to reflect on her journey at Karp Strategies, and discuss what’s to come in this exciting next step:


“As I’ve grown with the firm, and now taking on the role of Director, I spend a lot more time thinking about project processes in addition to focusing on content and outcomes. Creating great processes for managing projects and team workflows on day-to-day level leads to better results for everyone, and it’s something that’s surprised and delighted me.” - Ali

Read our full Q&A with Ali.


Meet our Community Development Intern, Keturah Williams

We are delighted to share that Keturah Williams has joined the Karp Strategies team as our summer Community Development Intern. A Red Hook native and recent graduate of Albany University, Keturah is supporting Karp Strategies’ research projects and outreach strategies for projects like the BQX, bringing her skills in economics, writing, and community-building to our team and clients. Welcome, Keturah!





Across our work, our team is always driving towards stronger cities, economies, and communities. Take a look at some of our recent projects, where we’ve brought strategic planning, operations analysis, and public policy analysis to bear for clients across the region.


Strategic Stakeholder Engagement For The Port Authority Of New York And New Jersey’s 30-Year Master Plan Supporting our project lead Hatch, Karp Strategies managed multi-stakeholder outreach with economic, jurisdictional, and political implications that will change the course for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey’s assets as the agency looks to the future.

We are delighted to share the release of the Port Master Plan, now available to the public. Congratulations to the PANYNJ and its partners on this accomplishment!


Operations Analysis, Tenant Engagement and Project Management for the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey’s Wharf Replacement Program Karp Strategies, with project lead Jacobs, is supporting PANYNJ in building the case for a major capital program by providing topflight analysis, engagement, and project management - integrating the economic impact of the port with the structural necessity of wharf replacement.





NYCHA Connected Communities Initiative: Strategic Plan and Evaluation Framework Karp Strategies is working with NYCHA to investigate how the longstanding institution can use tactical investments in the built environment to help residents become healthier and better connected. As we help CCI put together a strategic plan for the future, we aim to strike the right balance between aspirational and practical - meaning we want to create a roadmap for the initiative that inspires and empowers NYCHA staff and residents, but also provides concrete and actionable ways to create change.


Open House New York is hosting a fascinating, yearlong series of tours, panel discussions, and other events that will deepen and inform public understanding about the future of transportation and mobility in New York City. Karp Strategies, a proud supporter of OHNY, looks forward to attending and actively taking part in the discussion.


Access the full schedule of tours and programs, and connect with us at one of their upcoming events. (Ali is speaking on the ports tour on August 28th - check it out!)

Smart City Expo Atlanta 2019 September 11-13 | Join us for this conference where international presenters will redefine the "smart" city. Bonus, Rebecca will be speaking!


IDA Annual Conference in Baltimore, MD October 28-30 | Join us in Baltimore to discuss emerging trends in urban place management with this year's theme #ProudlyUrban. Don't forget to catch Nur's panel!


See you on campus? This semester you can expect to see even more of our team in the field. Rebecca will be teaching a course on best-in-class project management tools at Columbia University's Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation (GSAPP) and Nur will be teaching a course on economic development in downtowns at Pratt Institute's City and Regional Planning MS program.

After finishing a recent project in Coney Island, we took some time to celebrate summer, our amazing team, and our city along the boardwalk! We highly recommend the Coney Island Museum - filled with the untold history of Coney Island and local oddities - mega Jenga at the Coney Island Brewery, and, of course, the Cyclone and Wonder Wheel for your summer thrills.





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