Kevin Dwarka is a land use and economic consultant specializing in urban revitalization. A Senior Fellow at Pace’s Land Use Law Center, he helps municipalities, real estate developers, and transit agencies unlock the economic value of rail stations and maximize the fiscal benefits of station area properties. Over the course of his 20 year career, Kevin has held senior positions at the MTA, Nelson Nygaard Consulting Associates, and the Israel Union for Environmental Defense.
In the past, Kevin has taught land use law at NYU, urban economic development at the City University of New York, and Israeli Politics at Yeshiva University. His dissertation at Hebrew University in Jerusalem, examined the use of global capital and public private partnerships for financing light rail projects in Israel, the United Kingdom, and the United States. He received his BA from Columbia University, JD from Pace Law School, MCP from UC Berkeley, and PhD from Hebrew University. Kevin is admitted to practice before the New York State Bar and serves on the New York City Bar Association’s Housing and Urban Development Committee.
Kevin is capable of providing a full suite of litigation support services including expert testimony, real property valuation, and technical analysis of land use, traffic, and environmental impact documents. A licensed land use attorney, he also helps mediate community land use disputes through consensus building and conflict resolution strategies.He also serves on the board of the New York chapter of the Congress for New Urbanism.
Natalie Quinn is an urban planner specializing in TOD policy, alternative-transportation planning, and community-engagement techniques. She has diverse experience working on urban planning projects on both coasts of the US and around the world.
A native Californian, Natalie attended University of California, Santa Barbara where she received a B.A. in Environmental Studies, with a minor in Geological Science. During her time in Santa Barbara Natalie interned at Citizen’s Planning Association, a countywide land use watchdog focusing on community engagement and advocacy for sustainable and equitable land use planning.
Natalie moved to New York City in 2012 to pursue an M.S. in Urban Planning at Columbia University’s Graduate School for Architecture, Planning, and Preservation. With a dual concentration in International Planning and Sustainable Land Use, she worked on projects in South America and South East Asia including: growth management in Medellin, Colombia; downtown redevelopment in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; and Complete Streets in Yangon, Myanmar. For her Master’s thesis, Natalie investigated the success of TOD policy implementation along the Gold Line in Los Angeles, California. Her research assessed the barriers, opportunities, and practical issues affecting the translation of TOD policy from vision to reality.
Before joining Kevin Dwarka LLC, Natalie worked in the public and non-profit planning sectors in New York City. As a Sustainable Communities intern at the NYC Department of City Planning Bronx Office she assisted on a study to revitalize Metro North stations in the Bronx by addressing issues such as improving rider convenience, station accessibility, pedestrian environments, and intermodal connections. At Bike New York, Natalie worked as Community Outreach Coordinator and Bike Education Instructor, promoting cycling as a safe, convenient, and fun means of transportation and recreation in underserved neighborhoods in New York City. She is also active in local planning and advocacy organizations such as Young Professionals in Transportation, Transportation Alternatives, and American Planning Association Metro Chapter.
Robert Joseph received his B.A. in Political Science from Tufts University in 2015 graduating Magna Cum Laude. During his time at Tufts, Robert also completed his minor in Urban Studies for which he explored topics in sustainable cities, urban sociology, land use planning, and housing policy in addition to writing a capstone paper on the urban form.
Using the skills from two courses he took on Geographic Information Systems, Robert supplemented his studies with a short internship with Tufts’s History Department geocoding locations mentioned in lectures. In terms of research, Robert spent two summers under the tutelage of two professors in Tufts’s Political Science Department conducting interviews with Tea Party members, city economic development officials, and staff of Chambers of Commerce in large American cities. The research he conducted formed the backbone of his senior honors thesis on sustainability and economic development in urban America for which Robert received highest thesis honors.
Outside of academics, Robert was active in student government at Tufts and served as president of the student body during his senior year. He was honored to be given the Tufts University Alumni Association’s Senior Award for his service and commitment to the Tufts community. In the Spring of 2015, the Westchester Municipal Planning Federation selected Robert as their scholarship recipient for the year. Robert began his master’s degree in Urban Planning at NYU in the Fall of 2015 where he plans to concentrate on environment, infrastructure, and transportation. He has been working for Kevin Dwarka LLC on various projects since August 2015.
Krystelle Thomas is a rising sophomore at Swarthmore College with an anticipated major in Political Science and minor in Peace and Conflict Studies. She is also a member of the TEAK Fellowship, a New York-based academic program that helps high-achieving students from underserved neighborhoods get into and succeed at top high schools and colleges. Previously, Krystelle interned with Société Générale’s Communication Department where she analyzed the company’s social media strategy and assisted with event planning. As a Client Advocacy Intern with New York City’s Department of Homeless Services, she defended clients’ rights in matters of housing, transportation, safety, and health. Krystelle’s interest in sustainability inspired her to participate in the Department of State’s American Youth Leadership Peru program where she studied international approaches to food security and sustainability that she then used to develop an urban gardening curriculum for inner-city children. Krystelle plans to continue focusing on ways to improve environmental and economic sustainability in urban communities.
At Swarthmore, Krystelle serves as a Co-President of the Men’s and Women’s Fencing team and as a Green Advisor, a student fellow who promotes an environmentally friendly campus and facilitates sustainability events.