Valerie Quarles: Design and Planning Intern
Valerie (she/her) is the Design and Planning Intern. She brings two years of experience in public policy, housing, and community outreach to the team. As a longtime resident of the Twin Cities, Val is well-versed in local history and context but is always striving to learn more. She believes that public space design is a key opportunity to both honor the past and innovate for the future through meaningful community engagement and involvement.
Val currently serves on the board of Preserve Minneapolis and as a Planning Commissioner for her hometown. She also advises local cities on manufactured home policy as a staff member at All Parks Alliance for Change. Outside of the office, she spends time outdoors running and hiking, is an overconfident participant in local trivia nights, and is a reformed improvisational comedy performer.
She holds a Bachelor of Science in Urban Studies from the University of Minnesota, along with minors in Architecture, Housing and Community Development, and Public Interest Design. Her past internship at the Metropolitan Council pushed her to explore how public spaces can truly serve those who need and use them the most.
Her influences include: Janette Sadik-Khan, Jane Jacobs, Charles Marohn, Tom Dutton, Stephen Goldsmith, Conan O’Brien, Robert F. Kennedy.
Places that have influenced her include: Como Zoo and Conservatory, Payne-Phalen, downtown Stillwater, Hart Plaza in Detroit, Millennium Park in Chicago, the Boundary Waters Canoe Area; and Aiea, Hawai’i.
Contact Val at: firstname.lastname@example.org.