Meet Avery, JM Goldson’s Newest Member!
A recent graduate of Bates College, Avery Wolfe joins JM Goldson community preservation + planning this month as our new planning assistant. Through her educational background in environmental ethics, she found a passion for better understanding the systematic and structural elements of society that influence human behavior and interaction. In a very concrete way, the built environment shapes the way that individuals, groups, and entire communities operate and interact with each other—and with the natural environment. Diving deeper, the policies, plans, and regulations that inform the infrastructural, economic, and social elements of those communities are the true source of that impact and hold the opportunity to strategically plan for a brighter future.
Avery chose to investigate this passion in her senior thesis research. Through literary and community-based qualitative analysis, she sought to understand the effectiveness of implementing a Complete Streets policy—a widely used Smart Growth mechanism for promoting multimodal and more equitable transportation systems—in Lewiston, Maine. Her studies taught her a lot about the responsibility of expertise and leadership as well as the importance of creatively and meaningfully engaging community. She plans to use this experience and knowledge as a platform to dive headfirst into the professional world of community and city planning.
Professionally, Avery has experience working with community organizations to strategically plan for the future and achieve their goals. She loves being able to empower local groups and communities to find their success through intentional planning and thoughtful consideration of the complex and multifaceted world in which we live. Avery is excited to bring her community work to JM Goldson and looking forward to new experiences ahead.