Student Profiles

Rachel Szakmary

Master of City Planning

Rachel Szakmary received her B.A. in Journalism and Mass Communication in Advertising and a minor in Art from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2004 where she played varsity lacrosse.
Although from Long Island, New York (the birthplace of sprawl) - it was not until, teaching and playing abroad did her interest in urban planning take hold. 
Shortly after arriving at BU to pursue a criminology degree, she realized her passions for travel, cities, sociology, and climate change could be encompassed in a field of study.
Since then, she has taught for the city of Newton, worked in historic preservation in Somerville, as a planning intern for Boston Parks and Recreation Planning, the COB’s Urban Mechanics Policy Program, communications aide for Mayor Thomas Menino, research for the MBTA Advisory Board, and climate work with the British Consulate General-Boston.
Rachel officially registered the program’s student association naming the BU-Urban Affairs and Planning Council with BU; and participates in various community projects.  Her studies focus on international climate change issues of transportation, and natural disaster mitigation planning through land use, and alternative energy.  Rachel is expected to graduate the City Planning program in May 2010.