Ralph completed his Master’s in Urban Planning at San José State University (SJSU), where he was recognized with an American Planning Association (APA) Outstanding Planning Student Award.
While at SJSU, he worked with two professors through the Mineta Transportation Institute to advance original research on local solutions for transportation financing and issues of walkability and sustainability in the Bay Area. He also worked as a project coordinator with CommUniverCity managing the creation of a robust assessment of a historically underserved Eastside San José community. That project was recognized with both a 2020 San Francisco Bay Area Planning and Urban Research Association (SPUR) Impact Award and an Award of Excellence by the APA California Chapter Northern Section.
Prior to his master’s program, Ralph was Vice President of Research, Strategy & Content with ZEITGUIDE, a coaching and consultation firm targeted to chief-level executives. He has also worked as a classroom teacher, tutor and in volunteer capacities with young students.
Ralph earned his bachelor’s in Geography from the University of Richmond in Virginia. He is a Massachusetts native with a passion for affecting positive change in built environments to create places that best provide the mental, physical and social benefits that people and communities need.