Organization: Public Health Law Center
Location: St. Paul, MN
Ross Daniels, AICP, is a community planner at the Public Health Law Center in St. Paul, MN, where he supports grassroots efforts throughout the country in aligning land use planning, community development, and public health goals.
Ross began his career in environmental consulting, providing due diligence support for property owners seeking innocent landowner protections as part of the financing and redevelopment processes. While a consultant, he became interested in how the relationship between the natural environment, built environment, and policy influences community development. He went on to explore this relationship at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he earned a dual master’s degree in Urban & Regional Planning and Public Health. His research and fieldwork experiences at Wisconsin were vast, and included examining of upstream, systems-level determinants of lead poisoning in Milwaukee; evaluating the work of rural grassroots coalitions on improving food systems, parks/recreational facilities, and active transportation infrastructure; and contributed to the City of Fitchburg, Wisconsin’s local parks plan.
Prior to joining the Public Health Law Center, Ross worked for over two years as an urban planner in WSP USA Inc.’s Nashville office. There, he provided support to local communities on inner city revitalization planning efforts and worked to ensure National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and Civil Rights Act (Title VI) compliance on publicly funded infrastructure projects.