Rachel Weinberger, Ph.D., is Nelson\Nygaard’s Director of Research and Policy Strategy. Rachel has over 20 years of planning experience in the private and public sectors and in academia. Her areas of expertise include land use transportation interactions, travel behavior, planning methodologies, urban economics, econometric analysis, travel demand management and urban parking. 

Prior to joining Nelson\Nygaard, Rachel was an Assistant Professor of City & Regional Planning at the University of Pennsylvania. In a year of absence from PennDesign, she worked as the senior policy advisor for transportation in the development of PlaNYC, the city’s much-lauded 2030 sustainability plan. Rachel is an advisor to the Clinton Climate Foundation’s Climate Positive Development program. She has authored or co-authored over 50 research articles, reports, book chapters, and papers including the award-winning Integrating Walkability into Planning Practice.

Rachel holds the degrees Master of Urban Planning from Hunter College of the City of New York, Master of Science in Transportation Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley and a Doctorate in Urban and Regional Planning also from the University of California, Berkeley. She received a Design Trust fellowship for Taxi 07. 

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