Maryland Equity Project Fellows bring a wide range of expertise on education policy issues, especially as they relate to education in Maryland. They work with the Maryland Equity Project on specific projects or research around their area of expertise.
Ariel H. Bierbaum is an assistant professor of urban studies and planning at the University of Maryland School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation. Her research examines how community development and planning create places that support all residents, especially families with children, youth, low-income communities, and communities of color. Her current projects focus on public school closures and neighborhood change; transportation systems in the context of school choice and desegregation; and the relationships between housing development, school attendance zone design, and segregation in Maryland. Previously, Dr. Bierbaum served as the Program Director and Senior Researcher at the UC-Berkeley Center for Cities and Schools, a policy research and technical assistance center that promotes high-quality education as an essential component of creating equitable, healthy, and sustainable communities. Dr. Bierbaum brings over 20 years of experience in the non-profit and public sectors, working in public policy, community development, and community arts. She is a member of the American Planning Association Public Schools Interest Group, sits on the on the board of the 21st Century School Fund, and is an advisor to Active Voice Labs and its The Future of Public initiative. Originally from New Jersey, she earned her PhD in City and Regional Planning from the University of California-Berkeley, a Master in City Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a Bachelor of Arts in urban studies from the University of Pennsylvania. More on Dr. Bierbaum's current and past work can be found at www.arielhbierbaum.com.