Working closely with different disciplines allows us to identify potential roadblocks and opportunities early in the design process and understand the project holistically.
Li became interested in community planning because it affects the way people live their lives and their ability to interact with others and meet social, economic, and other needs every day. Community planning is tangible, but it is also based on compelling theory about what creates a healthy community and the role a planner has in creating a place that provides for everyone. Last but not least, there is always something new to learn, and it’s never boring! Li likes being able to work closely with different disciplines on projects, because it allows her and other team members to identify potential roadblocks – and opportunities – early in the design process and helps them understand each project holistically. Highly respected by her coworkers, Li specializes in understanding and translating complex regulations and processes for clients and teammates. Li is also one of Otak’s sustainability champions, co-chairing the Green Otak Practice Committee. She also serves as a professional development officer for the Oregon chapter of the American Planning Association, and previously served on the board of her neighborhood association.
Master of Community Planning, University of Cincinnati
B.A., Sociology, University of Minnesota–Twin Cities
B.A., Community Development, Portland State University
Habitat for Humanity