Annette Ritchie, Neighborhood Design Center

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A recent graduate of Carnegie Mellon University with a degree in Materials Science and Biomedical Engineering, Annette aspires to become an urban planner. Along with this aspiration comes the belief that, as Annette puts it, “the purpose of my life is simply to improve the lives of others.”

She goes on to say, “I am confident that the structure and mission of Volunteer Maryland will allow me to make meaningful change through my service year.” Annette will be able to pair her interest in urban planning with her love of service as Volunteer Maryland Coordinator with Neighborhood Design Center (NDC) in Baltimore. NDC’s mission is to mobilize pro-bono design services in support of community-sponsored initiatives to improve local neighborhood livability and viability.

“Working with the Neighborhood Design Center is a dream come true,” Annette shares, “As an aspiring urban planner, this opportunity represents a chance to gain specialized experience, develop a network of contacts, and learn about the nonprofit side of urban development. Beyond these personal benefits and other technical skills that I will gain, I cannot imagine a more satisfying way to effect change during my AmeriCorps year.”

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