She developed her enthusiasm for urban open space while living in Pittsburgh, PA attending the Heinz College of Public Policy and Management at Carnegie Mellon University where she received her master’s degree in non-profit administration. It was there that she gained insight into public policy and planning, which she has applied towards her professional endeavors. The desire to merge her work in urban policy issues and organizational management led her to the Neighborhood Parks Council.
From her professional beginnings, Victoria has been drawn to projects in her home community. this has included:
Mural projects within the greater Pittsburgh community at the Sprout Fund, a small granting institution focused on retaining young people in the Pittsburgh region.
Working in HIV prevention and services throughout the LGBT community in San Francisco with STOP AIDS Project and Project Open Hand.
And further to working within the greater Bay Area community at SPUR, the San Francisco Planning and Urban Research Association where she dedicated her three years on staff to growing their membership base, creating a stronger voice for smart urban planning and policy in our city.
Victoria has delved into the many neighborhoods of San Francisco since moving here in 2005, and has had the unique opportunity to call many neighborhoods home, including: Duboce Triangle, the Mission, Bayview, the Tenderloin and now Ingleside. With each move, she has expanded her knowledge of open space resources – from Heron’s Head Park in Bayview, where she jogged daily, to Stern Grove in Ingleside/Parkside where she enjoys playing with her dog, Roxy, on weekends. Victoria is excited to nurture these parks as well as the 200+ other parks in San Francisco through her work with NPC.