Jacob Koch joined the Sustainability practice in June, 2015. He leads client engagements on a range of sustainability projects, including water management, low carbon development strategies, air-quality monitoring, and strategic urban planning and public realm design.
Previously, Jacob worked for the Office of Healthcare Transformation and Innovation at the Greater Los Angeles Veteran’s Administration where he led a long-range strategic planning process for the comprehensive homeless program and forged new partnerships to better integrate patient-centered care, expand housing options, and provide legal services to homeless veterans. Prior to that, Jacob worked for EMBARQ Brasil in Porto Alegre and Rio de Janeiro where he directed a project to insert sustainable mobility into a citywide slum upgrading program and led one of the first studies to generate empirical data on transportation use in Rio’s favelas. He has also worked for the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development and the Chicago Transit Authority.
Jacob has a B.A. in Political Science from Yale University and a Master in Urban Planning from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. At the GSD he was part of a planning studio that was awarded the 2015 National Student Project Award. His work and photography has been published by the Lincoln Institute for Land Policy, Elsevier/Brazilian Business Council for Sustainable Development, and the Brazilian Institute of Architects and he has presented research and work at international conferences and to city officials in Guatemala, Mexico, and Brazil.