Meredith Hennessy, MUP

Principal and Practice Leader

Meredith has dedicated her career to addressing the systemic barriers that perpetuate social and economic disparity promoting solutions that acknowledge and are responsive to the holistic needs of people and the communities in which they live. She draws from over two decades of experience designing and implementing large scale strategic community initiatives, working with interdisciplinary teams to create impact across shared populations. Her work with stakeholders includes developing governance structures, identification of common goals and metrics, aligning resources, developing integrated business processes, designing data collection strategies, and harnessing data for quality improvement.

Prior to her work as a strategic consultant, she worked for ten years for Seedco, a national nonprofit intermediary. In her role as Mid-South Vice President, she oversaw a range of community initiatives, including a national affordable housing program, a low-interest community lending initiative, and a $15 million federally funded workforce initiative based in the Mid-South. Meredith’s approach to problem-solving and solution engineering is influenced by her formal design training. Early in her career she worked for an international architecture firm as well as a New York based transportation research and policy institute. She holds a master’s in urban planning from New York University’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service and a Bachelor of Arts in Architectural Studies from Rice University.