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Jamie Hand

National Endowment for the Arts
Design Specialist
Jamie Hand is a Design Specialist at the National Endowment for the Arts, where she manages the agency’s Our Town grant program – launched in 2011 to support creative placemaking projects that contribute towards the livability of communities across the country – as well as the Mayors’ Institute on City Design and Citizens’ Institute on Rural Design leadership initiatives. She brings to the Endowment diverse experience as a designer, project manager, and editor on projects related to landscape architecture, urban design, and strategic planning for nonprofit cultural organizations. Prior to joining the Endowment, Jamie was Program Director at the Van Alen Institute in New York where she led several design competitions and worked in close partnership with public agencies at the local, regional, and federal levels. She is coeditor of Gateway: Visions for an Urban National Park (Princeton Architectural Press, 2011), which focuses on the revitalization of Gateway National Recreation Area–a vast and underused expanse of public land stretching across the New York-New Jersey harbor and coast. Before moving into public sector work, Jamie served as a designer and project manager for landscape artist Topher Delaney in San Francisco. Jamie holds an undergraduate degree in architecture from Princeton University and a Master of Design Studies from Harvard’s Graduate School of Design.