Hello, I’m Kristen. I am a person passionate about creating new patterns and helping you do the same…

Kristen Jeffers - Union Station - 11-watermark


For almost my entire career, I’ve only asked one question, why do cities and more accurately, places, work the way they do? Especially for a person like me? How can I help make cities better? How can I help make your city better?


Check out my personal blog on the subject, The Black Urbanist, celebrating its sixth year as a blog and social media platform.


Read my thoughts in other publications on cities and development.


Listen to me talk about my number one urban development theory, the civic-inferiority complex.

Hear me discuss cities with my colleague Katrina Johnston-Zimmerman on our podcast Third Wave Urbanism.

And see communities I’ve helped make better in Chattanooga, Tennessee 

Image by Mallory Batches of Kristen Jeffers leading her The Next Big Thing Group for the Glass House Collective in Chattanooga, TN

and Birmingham, Alabama.


Click on the book cover and sign up for my email list The Black Urbanist Monthly  and get a free digital copy of  said book A Black Urbanist and stay up to date with what I’m working on in the community design space.

A Black Urbanist Book Cover

Right now, I send emails at the end of each month, but occasionally, you’ll get one with special announcements.

In How We Speak On and Offline


In that video above, I made it look easy to give a speech. And I persevere through making podcasts, despite my self-consciousness as a native North Carolinian and the requisite accent that comes with that.


Plus, no matter where you are and what you do as a planner, developer, architect, elected official( yes, I know some of you struggle with what to say as well), appointed official or concerned citizen, you have to be able to communicate with the public.


Because I believe you can speak well on and offline, here are six specific things to do before you present your work.


Want to learn more? Here’s a whole list of resources for presentation design, font and color selection and how to organizate your thoughts!


And my e-book on using social media for community design (and architecture, planning, development and advocacy!)

Using Media and Other Personalized Communication to Advance Community Design from Kristen Jeffers

Want to do a quick check of your existing communications platforms? Here’s a handy checklist!

Community Design Communication Checklist and Resources from Kristen Jeffers

On Surfaces

Spruce up your home, wardrobe, office or anything else with patterned fabric, gift wrap, wallpaper or customized accessories and clothing from KristPattern, my design channel, powered by Spoonflower.

Stock up on my holiday prints.

Kristpattern 2016 Holiday Collection

And this print especially for my transit nerds!


Work With Me

Work With Kristen Jeffers Media Google Form


Fill out my form here to let me know what you need!

Don’t worry, I really read these, but give me about 24 hours to respond.

If you need immediate assistance or are a member of the press, you can reach me at 1-888-207-9391.

About Me and My Resume


Kristen was born in Greensboro, NC to two parents who instilled in her the love of learning, the love of telling stories, the love of helping others and the love of her home state and all the elements that make up its environment. In 2010, after an early career in the nonprofit and professional services sector, she took the communication degree she’d earned from North Carolina State University in Raleigh, NC and combined that with the Master of Public Affairs she would earn in 2012 from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro to create The Black Urbanist, an outlet for her interests in promoting urban studies and community development. Her thoughts and comments have since been featured in The Atlantic Cities (CityLab), Next City, Sustainable Cities Collective, Streetsblog Network, Yes! Weekly, Triad City Beat and the (Greensboro) News and Record and on KCUR’s Central Standard. She has spoken as a keynote, lead breakout sessions and and served on panels at the Congress for New Urbanism, CityWorksXpo, APA Virginia National Meeting, 2012 UNC Global South conference and a number of other summits, classroom lectures and professional gatherings. In 2014 she released her first book of essays, A Black Urbanist. She makes the best mixtapes, knows all the best restaurants in Greensboro and cheers loudly for her Wolfpack, especially on the basketball court. She currently resides in Washington, DC, but spent a wonderful year as a Midwesterner in Kansas City, MO, as pictured above.

View my current full resume here.