Smriti is a Project Management Intern in the Faith and Sustainability Initiative at WRI. She will provide support with project management, strategy and proposal development, research and liaising.

Prior to joining WRI, Smriti worked as a Monitoring Evaluation and Learning Coordinator at SEWA Bharat in India where she worked on many initiatives aimed to improve informal women workers’ access to basic infrastructure services, land, and housing rights. Here she led various capacity building workshops, community mobilization and liaised with government and faith-based organizations for policy implementation. She also worked at various other research and policy think tanks where she led research on community development, disaster resilience, waste management, along with housing and land policy analysis. Further, she is part of the Mai Bhi Dilli (I am Delhi too) Campaign in Delhi, a city-wide campaign aimed to improve the urban planning process in Delhi and make it more participatory and representative of marginalized communities.

Smriti is currently pursuing a master’s in city and regional planning with a focus on environment and international development at Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, Rutgers University. Prior to this she completed an urban fellowship at Indian Institute for Human Settlements and a bachelor’s degree in architecture from Uttarakhand Technical University in India.