Kenyatta McLean

Research Fellow

Kenyatta (she/her) is an urban planner and strategist interested in neighborhood resource distribution and heritage conservation. She is the Co-Managing Director of BlackSpace and a founding member. She works with organizations to deepen their understandings of spatial narratives with curated conversations and to develop projects centered in racial justice. As an economic development practitioner, she developed strategies, engagement plans, and commercial corridor focused programming for multiple city-led neighborhood plans in New York City. Additionally, she advised and managed multiple commercial revitalization grants for nonprofits focused on low-to-moderate income commercial corridors across New York City. Kenyatta earned her BA in Afro-American Studies and Political Science from UCLA. She holds a Master degree in City Planning from Massachusetts Institute of Technology where she researched the power of narratives within historic preservation.