Emily Sun is an Urban Planning graduate student at New York University’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. In 2018, Emily graduated from Middlebury College with a B.S. in Geography. Seeking the opportunity to explore the realm of urban planning and economic development, Emily worked as a research analyst at HR&A Advisors, where she assisted with projects ranging from real estate repositioning to local innovation economy development and digital master planning. In addition to completing her current studies, she is also an associate at James Lima Planning + Development where she supports projects that incorporate economic development and open space strategies. Emily is particularly interested in studying land-use, community-oriented planning processes and public realm initiatives as a crucial means of creating a vibrant urban culture.