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Valerie Tran-Graduate Intern

Valerie Tran is a dual masters degree candidate at the University of Michigan, Taubman College of Architecture + Urban Planning and School of Public Health, Co-Director of Nurses for Cool and Healthy Homes, and a 2014 Dow Sustainability Fellow. Her publication on risk governance and public health can be found in Jurimetrics: The Journal of Law, Science, and Technology. Valerie worked in tuberculosis control and immunizations for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention prior to entering the University of Michigan. She holds a BA in Public Health from the University of California, Berkeley, where she began exploring issues of health equity and environmental justice. She believes that urban planning offers practical strategies for addressing concomitant threats to climate change and public health.



Julia Lindgren, MArch – Project Coordinator

Julia Lindgren seeks to build social and environmental equity through the practice of thoughtful design and planning.   Julia believes that design can serve as a catalyst to support resilient, vibrant, sustainable communities and is interested in the intersection of the built environment and social conditions, particularly in areas where resources are most scarce.

Julia holds a Bachelors of Architecture degree from Lehigh University  and a Masters of Architecture degree from the University of Washington.  Prior to joining the HealthxDesign team, Julia worked for several years as a Design Associate at bcWORKSHOP and as a Construction Supervisor for Flatirons Habitat for Humanity.



Celina Lee – Research Designer

A lover of numbers, Celina specializes in quantitative research techniques. She ensures sound methodological approach for HealthxDesign’s quantitative evaluations. Celina seeks to contribute to our understanding of what works in improve people’s lives– maximize impact through enabling practitioners, donors, policymakers, and other decision-makers to make evidence-based decisions.  Over the last 5 years, she has worked on evaluating programs that advance social equity through public health, financial inclusion, market development, and rural development.  She holds a Bachelors of Science in Applied Mathematics from Columbia University School of Engineering and Applied Sciences as well as a Masters of International Affairs from Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs.




Elea Crocket, MPH

Elea Crockett is passionate about bringing diverse and siloed disciplines together to find creative public health solutions.  At HealthxDesign Elea she coordinated project planning and community outreach.  She also provided research support to HealthxDesign’s evaluation portfolio.

Elea received her Masters in Public Health from the University of Arizona in August 2011, with a concentration in Health Behavior and Health Promotion.

Lee Altman, LEED AP

Lee is an urban designer based in New York City. Working with landscape architects, planners, scientists, artists, and visual designers, Lee collaborates on a wide range of projects exploring the role of the designer in the built environment and developing new modes of communication and interaction within the urban ecosystem. In addition, Lee teaches at Parsons The New School for Design, the New York School of Interior Design and Columbia GSAPP.

Lee holds a Bachelors of Architecture from the Israel Institute of Technology and a Masters of Science in Architecture and Urban Design from Columbia GSAPP. She has practiced Architecture in Israel and in NYC and been honored in several local and international design competitions.

Anne Escaron, MPH, PhD

Anne Escaron is excited about the tremendous potential of re-designing and re-thinking food stores to promote community health. She worked on an independent study with HealthxDesign in Spring 2011 to begin outlining a conceptual model describing the potential synergy between food retail, public health, and design to rethink the carbon footprint and improve the community presence of food stores.

Anne also works on assessments of and modifications to the community food environment with the overall goal of reducing the burden of chronic diseases. She earned her Master in Public Health from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Jessica King, MS Arch

Jessica King was HealthxDesign’s first Fellow.  She helped jump start design content for the website and project design content materials. She has moved to Jonathan Caplan’s architecture studio-Project-Space.

Jessica holds a Master’s of Science in Architecture from the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York.   Her Master’s thesis, The Global Urbanization of Poverty: Architecture as Empowerment, examined how architecture could empower women porters of the Agbogbloshie Market in Accra, Ghana.