William Cooch is pursuing a master’s degree in Public Administration at the Austin W. Marxe School of Public and International Affairs at Baruch College. He holds a B.S.E. in Civic Engineering from Princeton University and a master’s degree in Engineering in Structural Engineering from Cornell University. As a Fellow, William hopes to draw upon his experiences collaborating with broad stakeholder groups and managing diverse teams for development projects across the New York area. He is interested in how planning policies and processes affect what and how we build, and he aspires to contribute to the development of robust planning policies and efficient programs. Through the Fellowship, he is interested in assisting local citizen groups in considering issues in their community such as sustainability, housing affordability, poverty, equity, and economic opportunity. William hopes that with thoughtful development and broad citizen involvement, he can help foster vibrant and supportive communities.