Prior to joining The Assembly, Pamela Puchalski led a civic consultancy advancing forward-looking models for inclusive growth, city-to-city learning, and collaboration. Working in the US and internationally, she has designed and implemented initiatives for urban resilience, neighborhood revitalization, economic development, and competitiveness. Her work helps cities and communities persevere and prosper in the face of a growing list of threats linked to climate change, economic instability, and inequality.
Ms. Puchalski was part of the founding team for Rockefeller Foundation’s 100 Resilient Cities where she led the effort to develop resilience strategies through community-based approaches and public-private-civic partnerships. She launched the Global Cities Initiative at Brookings Institution to help American metro regions pivot their economies towards increased engagement in world markets. She also played an instrumental role establishing LSE Cities and managing the Urban Age program at the London School of Economics. Ms. Puchalski also created and managed the American Institute of Architects’ Center for Architecture in New York City.
Other projects include the Africa Center in New York and the Resilient Communities program at New America, where she was a Senior Fellow. Ms. Puchalski was also a Non Resident Senior Fellow with the Metropolitan Policy Program at Brookings Institution.
Ms. Puchalski has written for numerous publications and was assistant editor of The Endless City, cited as best innovation and design book by Business Week. She was also a producer for the documentary film Urbanized. In addition to a M.S. in Urban Planning from Columbia University, she has degrees in Economics and Literature (Phi Beta Kappa) from the University of Maryland. Ms. Puchalski lives in Brooklyn.