Mayor Greg Fischer is pleased to announce that Jeana Dunlap, Louisville’s Director of Redevelopment Strategies, has been named as a member of the 2019 Loeb Fellowship at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. Each year the Fellowship selects a group of exceptional mid-career practitioners who influence the shaping of the built and natural environment, for a year of independent study at Harvard University.
“I am incredibly excited for Jeana to receive this remarkable opportunity,” Fischer said. “Her recognition in this elite fellowship is further proof of her remarkable work in community development, in equitable investment and, specifically, in Russell. Jeana will represent Louisville among an incredibly skilled, international class of fellows.”
The fellows receive living accommodations and virtually unlimited access to the educational resources at Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) to fortify their perspective and expand vision, all in the service of improving the future of the built and natural environment.
This year’s Loeb Fellowship class includes architects, urban planners, public artists, civic leaders and journalists from New York, Los Angeles, Rio de Janeiro, Vancouver, Boston, Amsterdam and San Jose (Costa Rica), who all arrive to the Fellowship with one common purpose—to strengthen their ability to advance positive social outcomes and support a more equitable collective future.
“It’s a great privilege to be selected for the Loeb Fellowship and to spend the next year in Cambridge,” Dunlap said. “Although it may be hard leaving the people and places I love, I’m also looking forward to expanding my professional network, collaborating with amazing people and engaging thought leaders from around the globe. I fully intend to invest the fellowship year taking my work to the next level.”
In addition to her cross-functional work in the Russell neighborhood, Jeana most recently has led a community-wide dialogue on the historic and current-day impact of redlining practices in underserved neighborhoods. She collaborated with local urban planner Joshua Poe to publish “Redlining Louisville, The History of Race, Class and Real Estate,” a story-map that depicts the impacts that 1930s-era redlining practices had on modern-day Louisville, using such data sets as poverty, race, property values, vacant properties, home ownership and mortgage lending.
Jeana will start her year-long fellowship in Cambridge, Mass. in August.