Mariela Alfonzo is the founder and CEO of State of Place. Mariela also has a PhD in urban and regional planning and serves on the faculty of the Tandon School of Engineering at New York University. Mariela has over 20 years of expertise in the field of urban design and behavior research. In 2014, Mariela was recognized as one of Urban Land Institute’s 40 under 40 best young land use professionals around the globe. In 2013, Dr. Alfonzo was awarded a Fulbright to examine walkability in China.