Emily Heard is a current District 1 resident and avid urban nerd. In her professional life, Emily is an urban planner focusing on the connection between transportation design and investment and development patterns, both locally and on a regional scale. She currently works on funding strategy, long range financial planning and program development for the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFTMA). Before joining SFMTA, Emily spent several years working with a local economics consulting firm specializing in urban issues, working on a range of projects such as economic development strategies, affordable housing strategies, transit corridor and specific plans, real estate market and feasibility analysis; with the New York Metropolitan Transportation Commission to plan around catalytic transit investments on Long Island; pedestrian planning in New York City; and working on transit oriented development strategies in suburban Chicago around commuter train stations.
Emily holds a Master’s of Science in Urban Planning from Columbia University in New York, where she focused on transportation and land use, and regional planning. Before her graduate studies, she completed the Great Books Program at St. John’s College in Santa Fe, NM.