Tara Eisenberg joined Gehl Institute in 2017 as Program Manager to lead projects that drive the organization’s mission to transform cities through prioritizing decisions about public life. She works collaboratively with the team to grow the organization and amplify its impact. Prior to joining Gehl Institute, Eisenberg worked at Rebuild by Design, an organization reimagining how communities and government work together to solve complex, urban problems. At Rebuild, she managed ongoing research projects, including facilitating a longitudinal survey on the long-term health effects for communities that self-select to move away from high-risk geographies. She also worked directly with cities and local NGO’s to develop processes for creating more resilient building codes and educating and planning for sea level rise. She is a lifelong New Yorker who received both her BS and MA degrees from NYU’s Steinhardt school.
Patrin Watanatada serves as the Knowledge for Policy Director at the Bernard van Leer Foundation, a private foundation working globally to give all children a good start in life. She has 15 years of experience in strategy consulting, social change communications and investor relations, with a focus on the role of business in sustainable development. Her first job after university was as a classroom assistant at a Montessori preschool in Arizona, USA, and she is delighted to be once again working for young children every day. Watanatada grew up in a Thai family just outside Washington, DC and lives in The Hague, The Netherlands, where she is learning Dutch from her 2-year-old son.