Danya Sherman, Cambridge, MA

MIT Sam Tak Lee Lab for Real Estate Entrepreneurship and Consultant

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Danya Sherman is an urban planner specializing in cultural program development, community engagement, education, and business strategy. She is currently developing education technology around socially responsible real estate for the MIT Sam Tak Lee Lab for Real Estate Entrepreneurship, a contributing writer to Next City, and consulting with the Center for Performance and Civic Practice & ArtPlace America. She was the founding Director of Public Programs, Education, and Community Engagement Department at Friends of the High Line, where she conceived, produced, and grew community engagement initiatives, cultural events, and educational programs to become a cornerstone of the organization. She has consulted and managed projects with the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, PolicyLink, Project Row Houses (Houston, TX), the MIT Community Innovators Lab, the CREATE program (Durban, South Africa) and the MIT Center for Real Estate. Danya has a Bachelor of Arts in Science in Society from Wesleyan University and a Master’s in City Planning from MIT.

  • Community organizing / civic engagement

  • Advocacy

  • Storytelling/Public Speaking

  • Volunteer management

  • Leadership development / organizational strategy

  • Other: Program development, Effective Communication, Facilitation, and Dialogue


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