Project Manager and Newport Beach Site Coordinator, FloodRISE project
Kimberly Serrano is an academic coordinator with the UC Irvine Sustainability Initiative specializing in data analysis, geographic information systems, and community engagement. She currently serves as the Project Manager and Newport Beach Site Coordinator for FloodRISE (Flood Resilient Infrastructure and Sustainable Environments), an NSF-funded study of flood risk and community resilience.
Since 2011, Kimberly has been an active collaborator with urban think tank cityLAB at UCLA, investigating housing, design, transportation, and urban development innovations in megacities. Her work ranges from study of local concerns about backyard home policy in the City of Los Angeles to analysis of economic development potential around proposed high speed rail stations in California. She has held research fellowships with the Los Angeles County Arts Commission, Sheridan/Hawkes Urban Design Collaborative, and PolicyLink.
As a socially-engaged scholar, Kimberly has worked with communities from East Hollywood to the Coachella and San Joaquin Valleys on issues such as urban greening and clean water access. Prior to her career as a research professional, Kimberly worked as an arts administrator for several Los Angeles non-profit organizations. Kimberly is a Summa Cum Laude graduate of UCLA, with degrees in Art History (BA), Latin American Studies (MA), and Urban and Regional Planning (MURP).