City of Jacksonville – Mayor's Office
VALERIE FEINBERG is a certified urban planner with experience in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors. As a land use planner, she has spent her career focused on the intersection of urban planning and public health. Her expertise includes preparing and implementing community development regulations aligned with federal, state, and local policies considering community goals, environment sustainability, economic viability, public health, and safety. She is passionate about creating healthy neighborhoods, walkable streets, and beautiful places for everyone.
She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design from Texas Tech University and a Master of City and Regional Planning from the University of Texas at Arlington. She is a contributory member of various community organizations.
Valerie is an avid bicyclist and dabbles in floral design as a side gig. She is most proud of her two grown sons, Jesse and Austin. They continue to challenge her thinking.
The City of Jacksonville, FL, is working to address the growing threat and disparate impacts of climate change that inequitably threaten residents’ health and well-being by using nature-based solutions like trees to help lessen Urban Heat Island (UHI) effects. FUSE Executive Fellow Valerie Feinberg will partner with the City to design and implement ordinances, policies, and strategic plans that will increase urban forestry solutions that decrease UHI effects, thereby creating a more livable, sustainable, and resilient city, especially for historically disinvested communities and vulnerable residents.