Nick Finio is currently a Faculty Research Assistant at NCSG and PhD Candidate in the Urban and Regional planning program. He primarily works on community development projects with Gerrit Knaap, Casey Dawkins, and Willow Lung Amam, but is also deeply engaged with the Center’s sustainability efforts through the PRESTO program. He was responsible for planning NCSG’s successful “Smart Growth at 20” workshop in April 2018. Nick also assists with planning efforts for the Purple Line Corridor Coalition and is responsible for numerous administrative tasks at NCSG.
Nick joined NCSG in the Fall of 2013 as a Graduate Assistant in the URSP Community Planning program, graduated in May 2015, and started the URPD PhD program in the fall of 2015. He advanced to candidacy in the PhD program in Summer 2017 and defended his dissertation proposal, “Towards a holistic understanding of gentrification,” in May 2018. In August 2018, Nick accepted a full-time position as a Faculty Research Assistant, under direction of Gerrit Knaap. He remains a PhD student.