Posted on June 4, 2019 by Michelle Skidmore

As an El Paso native, I feel honored to get to work on projects in the Greater El Paso region and be involved in shaping the built environment. Growing up in a city with rich history that is Aaron Rodarte the largest bi-national community in the Southwest, has influenced my perception on how communities can work together. Currently, I am tasked with reviewing subdivisions and neighborhood plans to ensure developments are meeting the current construction standards. As a fairly new planner it has been encouraging for me to learn the value a planner provides in holding steady on the city's vision and advancing projects.

During my academic career at UTSA, I had the opportunity to intern for the El Paso County Commissioners office, a local non-profit through the Civic Engagement Program, and I held several student-assistant positions for the university. The Public Administration program was a steward in understanding the importance of engaging with communities, building relationships with stakeholders, and creating a sustainable change. The program’s heavy focus on research and public policy issues has better prepared me for my journey Aaron Rodarte ahead as I continue to grow and learn as a Planner. Some of my long-term goals consist of achieving American Institute of Certified Planners status, leading a comprehensive project, implementing new polices to our local ordinance, and completing my Masters in Urban Planning. For right now, I'm enjoying a new chapter in my life where I'm trying to be more present and appreciate what the City of El Paso has to offer.

— Michelle Skidmore