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Tulsi Patel


Tulsi Patel leads a range of projects, including those focused on inclusive community and economic development, strategic planning, and program design.

As a solutions-oriented planner, Tulsi provides project management and research to lead a range of projects focused on inclusive community and economic development, stakeholder engagement, strategic planning, and program design.

Tulsi is currently working with Surdna Foundation’s Inclusive Economies Program to develop and refine its program measurement framework through a grantee engagement strategy. For the Trust for Public Land, Tulsi led a dynamic business engagement strategy and development of a vision and implementation plan for industrial area preservation and greening along the LA River. As project manager for the LA Bioscience Hub nonprofit, she designed and piloted the Biotech Leaders Academy summer program to provide entrepreneurship training to East LA community college students and connect them with paid internships at start-ups. Additional clients include LA Metro, California Community Foundation, Open Society Institute, Jobs to Move America, LA Regional Open Space and Affordable Housing (LA ROSAH) Collaborative, County of Los Angeles Regional Park and Open Space District, and South County Economic Development Corporation (EDC).

She serves as a Board Member for People for Parks, a nonprofit organization that opens LAUSD schoolyards on weekends in park-poor neighborhoods. Tulsi was a 2017 New Leaders Council Institute Fellow.

Tulsi received a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Economics and Policy from U.C. Berkeley, and Master of Urban and Regional Planning from UCLA. Outside of work, she enjoys yoga, Bharatanatyam (classical Indian dance), and camping along California’s coast.