Green City Coalition
Managed and developed 30 acres of vacant lots, held by the Land Reutilization Authority (LRA), across the city of St. Louis in collaboration with community partners. Managed construction and planning partner relationships around the development of four major sites. Fostered partnerships and forged new relationships with community and development partners. Co-developed the St. Louis Vacant Lot Toolkit, aimed at providing communities with the necessary tools and resources to acquire, develop, maintain, and sustain vacant lots as a variety of green spaces in their neighborhoods. Planned and facilitated over thirty community events dedicated to involving community members in the development process of green space.
St. Louis Promise Zone
Developed an Equitable Economic Development Policy Proposal that focused on the equitable development of projects and land within the region. The proposal focused on establishing equitable community benefits and development standards, revising the RFP and project review processes around equity, incorporating an equitable development application into the RFP process, and assessing the ability for larger projects to be split to promote access for smaller MWBEs. Additionally, Trenton conducted qualitative and quantitative equitable development research with local economic development departments, assisted with organization functions regarding community outreach and engagement events, and co-wrote two successful economic development grant applications. During initial COVID-19 lockdowns, Trenton assisted with data analysis for businesses affected by COVID-19 to aid in developing a strategy around business support.
George Warren Graduate Policy
Researched, synthesized, and translated data into a visual format regarding the connections between the workforce and Missouri’s secondary educational system. Crafted policy proposals and policy briefs to strengthen workforce connections with Missouri Secondary Education Curriculum. Analyzed Missouri’s economic structure using tools such as an Economic Base Analysis.
St. Louis Board of Alderman
Specialized in the development of social, economic, and tax incentive policies in the city of St. Louis. Translated development projects and bills in the city into a comprehensive written and visual format. During initial COVID-19 lockdowns, Trenton crafted sample COVID-19 legislation to provide support to residents and businesses of the region.
Collaborated with the TIF Graduate team to develop the Team TIF: What our Students Lose event that analyzed the negative impact that inequitable tax incentive policy has on school budgets. Lead and facilitated three community workshops focused on group model building utilizing Community Based Systems Dynamics.