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Vanessa Leon

Vanessa Leon

Vanessa Leon, founder and principal planner of Pinchina Consulting, is a Haitian American urban planner. She earned a Master of Urban Planning, with a specialization in Economic Development and Housing Policy, from New York University’s Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service. Vanessa is also Vice Chair At-Large for the International Division of the American Planning Association (APA) and is currently pursuing a doctorate in Urban and Regional Planning and Design at the University of Maryland – College Park, specializing in international planning. She resides in the DC metro area and is available for speaking, writing and research opportunities.

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Articles Posted by Vanessa Leon

What’s wrong with this picture?

There are things I see in Haiti that just forces me to ask, “What’s wrong with this picture?” I mean, consider the cellphone company Digicel More...

13 Lessons I learned in 2013

2013 had its share of triumphs as well as unexpected and life-altering occurrences. Now that 2014 is upon us, I thought I’d take a moment More...

How’s Haiti, you ask? I have NO clue!

I’m realizing that one of my biggest pet peeves as of late is people asking me, “How’s Haiti?” upon learning I work there or after More...

Chinese culture in the Caribbean: A visit to the Confucius Institute in Jamaica

The minute I found out I was heading to Jamaica, I just knew I had to make my way over to the Confucius Institute. The More...

Defining community

There is so much that is taken for granted when planning in the United States (no one has to think too hard about finding Brooklyn, More...

Engaging China in the Caribbean (2013 Caribbean Urban Forum)

I am currently en route back to the United States from Trinidad and Tobago where I had the opportunity to present my research on China’s More...

Expect the unexpected (and plan for it)

When the earthquake struck Haiti three years ago last month, for once in my life, I was without a plan. I knew that I wanted More...

And then there were foreclosures

It is somewhat baffling that the word ‘foreclosure’ has barely received any mention in this presidential election cycle, or ‘cities’ for that matter, and I More...