October 2019 – Every year, Plan Hillsborough looks forward to supporting the University of South Florida’s Masters in Urban & Regional Planning (MURP) program through two fellowships. Our new fellows, Alvaro Gabaldon and Taylor Hague, joined the team in August 2019. These bright students will add fresh insight and talent to many projects while gaining real-world planning experience.
After receiving a BS in Marketing from the University of Tampa and a MS in Marketing Communications from Florida State University (FSU), Alvaro Gabaldon began his career in marketing communications. He has communications experience across industries including higher education, consumer packaged goods, and management consulting. His interests in urban planning grew after working on outreach for FSU’s Sustainable Campus office and his experience living (and commuting via public transit) in Atlanta for some time. As a fellow with the MPO team, he is hoping to explore his interests in Sustainability and Public Transportation to provide solutions for the growing Tampa Bay Area.
Taylor Hague graduated in May from Stetson University with a degree in Environmental Science and is currently a student in the USF master’s program with a focus in Coastal Resiliency. Tarpon Springs, Florida is his hometown. He previously interned with Jacobs Engineering and the East Central Florida Regional Planning Council. Taylor’s main areas of interest are environmental/green planning, sustainability, and resource management. As a fellow with the Planning Commission team, he would like to utilize his environmental science background in learning about innovative planning solutions that could help mitigate the inevitable hazards that will arise as climate change continues into the 21st century. Working in Florida, one of the epicenters of this anticipated change, will be the ideal area to gain this knowledge.