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Blaze Jones-Yellin

Community Designer

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?

Inclusivity means valuing difference and celebrating diversity.

When do you feel most like yourself?

I feel most like myself when I am near the ocean.

I spend a lot of time thinking about...

Alternative ways of knowing.