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Meet our international team of data-geeks and city-lovers who want to make places better and improve quality of life!

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Mariela Alfonzo, Ph.D.

Founder and CEO

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. LinkedIn  CV

Boston, NYC, Shanghai


Michelle Woodhouse, MURP 

Chief Operating Officer

Michelle has over 14 years of experience working across non-profit, public and private sectors in a variety of leadership roles in the U.S. and the UK. Key former employers and clients include: City of Irvine, Forma Design, Design Council UK, and Technology Strategy Board/Innovate UK.

Metro Detroit, MI


Anna Maikova, MA

Chief Marketing Officer

Anna has developed marketing strategies for companies in the U.S., South Korea, and Russia. She completed an urban research program at Strelka Institute and earned a Master's degree at the University of Missouri School of Journalism. Anna heads inbound, outbound, content marketing, and design strategy.

Moscow, Russia


Andy Likuski

Chief Technology Officer

Andy led software development of UrbanFootprint at Calthorpe Analytics in Berkeley, California. He is an urban planner and software developer who uses software technology to bolster the intrinsic benefits of the cities and other walkable settlement. Andy authors software and advocacy writing to further good urbanism.



Alli Torban

Data Analytics Manager

For the last seven years, Alli worked as a software tester for government clients, including the FBI and The Joint Staff Comptroller. Her love of using software for analysis led her to pursue a Graduate Certificate in Geospatial Intelligence and work at State of Place.


Will Cook, MDS

Outbound Sales Specialist

Combining his experience from CNU and Sebastian Mariscal Studio, Will promotes the invaluable services that State of Place provides for planners, developers, and communities looking to improve walkability and financial success. He holds a Master's in Sustainable Design from the Boston Architectural College.



Taylor Higgins

Outbound Marketing Associate

While studying at Barnard College at Columbia University, Taylor volunteered for AIA's fundraising department and its kids architecture camp. She has three years of experience in sales and event marketing at startups across NYC.



Yuliia Sergeeva

R&D Intern

Yuliia recently completed her 3rd Master's degree in mechanical engineering at Western Michigan University, sponsored by a Fulbright Scholarship. She enjoys performing engineering tasks as well as loves communicating with people, being creative, and developing new solutions to pervasive challenges.



Teresa Nguyen

Operations Intern

Teresa is currently in her second year at NYU Stern School of Business. She is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with concentrations in Finance and Accounting. She enjoys crunching and analyzing numbers, and takes interest in business sustainability and social impact.



Sherry Huang

Research/Operations Intern

Sherry is a junior at Duke University studying Statistical Science and Finance. She was born and raised in Suzhou, China and went to an international school in Wale, UK for two years before coming to the United States. Sherry is passionate about global education, cultural diversity, singing, reading news and novels, and cooking. She hopes to start her career in the fields of business and finance, and explores their intersection with data analytics.



Henry Outlaw

Research Assistant Intern

Henry is currently pursuing a Masters of Public Administration at Eastern Michigan University. Having worked (at least a little bit) in several sectors, he feels very comfortable collaborating across disciplines and at varying levels.



Marcus Costa, MURP

Research Assistant Volunteer  

Marcus worked in public administration for six years, accumulating experience & knowledge about government and urban policy. He's pursuing a Master’s in Urban Planning at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, focusing on economic development & real estate.  




Mike Blumenfeld

Mike works with startups like State of Place and entrepreneurs that are passionate about their products and services and who are open to exploring new and different alternatives to grow their businesses and making them profitable. He understands the challenges that modern entrepreneurs are facing.

David Wood

David Wood is the Director of the Initiative for Responsible Investment (IRI) at the Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations, which is a part of the John F. Kennedy School of Management at the Harvard University. He facilitates change in landscape of community investing in the US, and impact investing and public policy.


Gilad Rosenzweig

Gilad is an architect and urban planner with two decades of experience in community development and urban tech. He is the Executive Director of DesignX - the venture accelerator of the MIT School of Architecture and Planning. Gilad has worked on urban design and planning projects across the country, incl. district and master plans in Memphis, Reno, and across the greater Boston area. 


James Croke

Prior to joining State of Place, James worked as a Development Adviser with the High Potential Start-Up Unit in Enterprise Ireland, the start-up and export/trade development arm of the Irish Government. He directly managed a portfolio of over 60 clients in the cleantech and electronic sectors.


Katia Davis

Katia works at the UN Development Programme where she is strengthening the strategic positioning of the work on climate change, energy and urbanization in the sustainable development context. She is well aware of the challenges of rapidly growing cities around the world.


Kristen Day, Ph.D.

Kristen is a Professor in the Department of Technology, Culture and Society and Associate Dean of Academic Administration at the Tandon School of Engineering of New York University. She is a long-time research colleague and close friend of Mariela Alfonzo, the Founder of State of Place.



Blake Roberts, Ph.D.

Blake has 17 years of experience as a practicing planner, educator, and researcher, focused on community revitalization, cultural heritage, urban design, and environmental planning. Based in Davis, CA, he manages the Delta Heritage Area Initiative program at the Delta Protection Commission and is a principal of Downtowns Plus Consulting.

Semrin Aleckson

Semrin applied State of Place to research walkability and quality of life in two neighborhoods in Istanbul, Turkey, for her master’s dissertation at the London School of Economics. Previously, Semrin worked at Global Strategies and the U.S. Congress and graduated from George Mason University. 


Gavin Lohry

Gavin spent six years in China working to address urban sustainability challenges with a focus on sustainable transport and urban planning. Before moving to China, Gavin served in the U.S. Air Force working on Geographic Information Systems, Construction and Planning.

Liv Anderman

Liv completed her legal training in one of the leading firms in London before co-founding 2-3 Hind Court, a niche service within the legal market, and moving to Portland, OR. She is passionate about business development and helps representing State of Place in the Northwest USA.