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Blaze Jones-Yellin

Cities Program Manager

Blaze designs tools and strategies to solve challenges at the intersection of people, cities and nature. With over ten years of green community development experience, Blaze has helped hundreds of urbanites create value for their communities, build leadership skills, and develop lifelong connections to nature. He supported the recovery of impacted communities in Far Rockaway after Superstorm Sandy, led The Nature Conservancy's Leaders in Environmental Action for the Future (LEAF) program in the eastern U.S. and drove the equitable development strategy at the Lowline underground park in NYC.

What did you do before Openbox?

For ten years I've worked at the intersection of people, cities, and nature to grow healthier urban communities. I previously helped people in Far Rockaway, New York to rebuild with resiliency after Superstorm Sandy. At the Nature Conservancy I led initiatives to cultivate diversity and inclusivity within the mainstream environmental movement. Recently I led the equitable development strategy and community engagement portfolio at the Lowline, the world's first underground park.

Why do you do the work you do?

I do this work in pursuit of harmony and justice for all people and our planet.

What does inclusivity mean to you?

Valuing difference and celebrating diversity.

When do you feel most like yourself?

When I am near the ocean.

I spend a lot of time thinking about...

Alternative ways of knowing.