Nisha Baliga, Deputy Director, has worked extensively with public agencies, community organizations, cities, and private institutions on master plans, programming studies, and urban design frameworks. At Hester Street she has led and designed several large-scale innovative community-driven processes including New York City’s first ever Cultural Plan, a project that reached over 200,000 New Yorkers. Previously, Nisha worked as a Senior Associate in the Urban Design and Planning Studio at Beyer Blinder Belle for more than 10 years. Nisha’s experience includes project for the New York City Economic Development Corporation, New York City Department of City Planning, New York State, Princeton University, and many more.

In her role as Senior Planner on a large campus master plan for the Aga Khan University, Nisha was posted for almost two years in Arusha, Tanzania. Nisha is bilingual (English/Hindi), is a graduate of Ohio Wesleyan University and received a Master of Urban Planning from Columbia University, where her Master’s research and thesis explored Community Based Upgrading and Tenure Regularization methods in the informal settlements in Nairobi, Kenya.