Meet the First NoMa Parks Fellow!

The NoMaProfilePic1 Parks Foundation has a new face: Joe Christo, the first Parks Fellow. Joe is a first-year graduate student at the University of Maryland’s School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation, where he is studying Community Planning, with a focus on community development and environmental planning. At the NPF, Joe is focusing on best practices research, community outreach, and exciting new opportunities for bringing more park elements into the neighborhood.

Born and raised in Greater Boston, Joe recently moved from New York, and is already enjoying the city, particularly the people, variety of parks, and neighborhoods. His favorite parks include Rock Creek Park and Brooklyn Bridge Park in New York because of its variety of uses, beautiful landscape, and transformation from empty piers into a thriving park.

Joe is a great addition to the Parks Foundation, having worked for many years in urban policy and for New York City government. When asked why he wanted to come to the NPF, Joe said, “I care a lot about parks and the opportunity to build new ones in a growing neighborhood is a unique and exciting challenge.”