About Me

Talking, thinking and writing about cities are among my favorite things.

I’ve been an Instructor in Historic Preservation at the School of the Art Institute since 2000, and have taught classes on Daniel Burnham and the development of Chicago at DePaul University.

I’ve been a Senior Program Officer for the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and worked as a real estate development consultant in New York and Chicago. I have extensive nonprofit experience in strategic planning, fostering new partnerships, grant-writing, advocacy, market analysis and financial analysis. I have an A.B. from Vassar College, an M.A. in Historic Preservation Planning from Cornell University, and an M.S. in Management of Non-Profit Organizations from the Wagner School at New York University.

My passion is teaching about the importance of the evolution of cities (especially Chicago and New York), focusing on appreciation of the importance and distinctiveness of neighborhoods, and on their aesthetic, artistic, architectural and urban design characteristics.

Friends of Downtown initiated Jane’s WalkCHICAGO in 2013, and I served as President of Friends of Downtown in 2015.  With the continuing support of The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, our 2015 weekend hosted 250 people at thirteen events.  My professional goals include growing this program, and others, into public educational programs that celebrate Chicago neighborhoods as the giant art environment that they are.

2 thoughts on “About Me

  1. Please tell me if you do walks in the Pulman area or the Beverly area.
    we are a walking group from lake Forest Il. We have done the River walk, the Gold Coast, and from the train to the Art institute.and more
    we 2 to 3 miles is great.

    • Thanks for your inquiry. We haven’t yet done Walks in Pullman or Beverly, but we hope to do so in the future. If you’d like to be kept up to date, the best way to do so is to “follow” this blog. But perhaps there’s another Walk this coming weekend that you’d like to do?

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