We are pleased to welcome Jenni Easton as a senior planner at Pashek+MTR. Jenni will share leadership in advancing the firm’s work in community planning with Elaine Kramer and Jim Pashek. As senior planner, she guides communities through the implementable planning process to realize the visions for their communities.
Working with municipalities to facilitate comprehensive plans, zoning ordinance rewrites and targeted regulatory amendments, Jenni’s approach reflects leading-edge best practices. Her planning practice focuses on the relationship between the physical design of neighborhoods, communities and regions and the social and economic issues they experience.
Jenni is passionate about evaluating and retooling the local regulatory frameworks that shape the built environment. She helps communities change the ground rules for development, giving them the tools they need to enable and incentivize the investments they envision.
She combines a fine arts background with advanced training in data and policy analysis. This combination allows Jenni to organize and clearly communicate complex concepts. Her concise analysis and robust illustrations make her work easy to digest, and clients appreciate that she provides both granular details and big-picture context. Her experience in administering ordinances as a contract zoning officer is clear in the practical, internally consistent way she drafts regulatory language.
Jenni’s previous experience includes five years as a community planner with a Pittsburgh based engineering firm, and five years as a housing and community development consultant with a Pittsburgh based planning firm. In her previous role as a housing and community development consultant, Jenni served as primary author of housing market studies, fair housing assessments and similar projects for cities, counties and regional partnerships across 12 states. She has presented to national audiences on transit-oriented development and assessing affordable housing need.
Jenni holds certification through the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP), accreditation through the Congress for New Urbanism Accredited (CNU-A), and a member of the Urban Land Institute Pittsburgh.
Jenni holds a Dual Bachelor of Arts degree, Major: Journalism and Interdisciplinary Fine Art, Minor: German, from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania and a Master of Public Administration degree, Major: Policy Research & Analysis, Minor: Urban and Regional Affairs, from the University of Pittsburgh.