Nicholson selected for Next City’s elite Vanguard Program
June 10, 2020
International Relations, B.A.
Master of Public Administration
Jane Nicholson ’04 BA (Geog/IR)/’13 MPA, a senior planning associate at MRB Group, was selected to participate in Next City’s acclaimed Vanguard program for 2020.
Next City is a journalistic nonprofit focused on revitalizing communities and tackling complex urban challenges around the globe. Its Vanguard program is an annual convening of the brightest minds in community revitalization, scheduled to take place this September in Greensboro, North Carolina. In all, 44 young professionals were chosen to participate, from among hundreds of applicants in the fields of urban design, social equity, and philanthropy from around the world.
Ms. Nicholson joined MRB Group in 2019, as part of the firm’s SmarterLocalGov initiative. She spearheads MRB Group’s long-range planning and urban design practice, helping communities to define their vision, and putting actionable strategies in place to support sustainable growth and development. She previously worked as an urban and natural resources planner for Ramboli and for O’Brien & Gere, both located in Syracuse. Among other posts, she was, for four years, a senior planning and zoning officer for the Town of Dryden, N.Y. In addition to her Maxwell degrees, she holds master’s degrees from the University of Virginia (urban and environmental planning) and the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (forest and natural resources management).