Pets? Two cats: Oliver (a Maine Coon Mix) and Portland (a Tuxedo cat).
Favorite author, musician, actor or pro athlete? Mel Brooks, who has written, directed and produced hilarious, timeless content that I have watched with my family since I was young.
Heroes growing up? My parents. The experiences they exposed me to created the path I pursue today, especially working in public service.
Favorite place to visit or vacation? New York City. I love everything about it. The subway, all the different kinds of food, the parks and the architecture are probably my top four reasons for loving to go there.
Most important recent trend in planning? The return to the urban center. Not only does it revive once-dilapidated spaces and reduce sprawl, it also influences how suburban centers should develop or redevelop to keep pace with consumer demand.
If you could wave a wand and improve Central Indiana infrastructure, what would you do? I would ensure that all roads have appropriate Complete Street infrastructure.
If you could change one thing about the way Indianapolis has grown over the years, what would it be?
I would probably retain and improve the Indy area of the Interurban Rail System. It would have provided a great base for a mass transit where local service could grow, as well as connections to other regional cities.