A native of Mexico City, Jimena completed a political science degree before pursuing a career in urban planning. She is interested in planning as an interdisciplinary field that explores the interaction of people and place: how we build the spaces we live in and how we organize to do so. Before coming to Hester Street, she worked extensively on advocacy for transportation projects with the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy, focusing especially on transit-oriented development and reducing car use. She recently graduated from the Master in Urban Planning program at Harvard University Graduate School of Design, where she focused on learning about equitable development, design and real estate.