Nella directs the National Design Leadership Program at Enterprise Community Partners. In that role, she supports the mutual fields of architecture and community development to create healthy, enriching and affordable homes and neighborhoods. Nella has a background in urban planning and experiential education and has worked on topics including infrastructure for active living, economic development for the creative sector, and policies that improve access to healthy food. In the past, Nella worked as an educator at The Island School in the Bahamas, ran her own house painting company, and spent a year as a research fellow in Germany studying planning strategies for shrinking cities. She holds an M.A. in Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning from Tufts University and a B.A. from Wesleyan University where she majored in studio arts.