Mariela Alfonzo, Ph.D.
Founder and CEO
Website: Mariela has over 15 years of expertise in the field of urban design and behavior research. In 2014, Mariela was recognized as one of Urban Land Institute’s 40 under 40 best young land use professionals around the globe. In 2013, Dr. Alfonzo was awarded a Fulbright to examine walkability in China.
Trello: Bridging the worlds of academia and practice, Dr. Alfonzo is the Founder and CEO of State of Place, a predictive urban data analytics software that quantifies what people love about cities and why it makes economic sense to make them better. She is also a Research Assistant Professor at New York University, examining the challenges to sustainable urbanization in China. Broadly, her work focuses on the links between urban design and behavior within the context of redevelopment, with particular expertise on the economic value of walkability. In the Fall of 2014, she was recognized as one of Urban Land Institute's 40 under 40 and in 2013 was awarded a Fulbright to examine walkability in China. She splits time between NYC, Boston, and Shanghai.
Location: Shanghai, China / Needham, MA / New York, NY / Global
Fun Fact: Love to cook; learned to ride a bike in my 30s.