Before joining 100 Resilient Cities, Olivia was a Recovery Specialist for Planning with the Colorado Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management. She worked with numerous jurisdictions on recovery from the 2013 flood events, including community recovery planning, and management of the NRCS Emergency Watershed Protection program, FEMA Public Assistance and CDBG-Disaster Recovery programs. Internationally, she has worked in Jakarta, Indonesia as an urban specialist for the World Bank aiding the city government with their urban poverty and climate change strategy, and in post-earthquake Port-au-Prince, Haiti as a community redevelopment planner with Architecture for Humanity. In the years immediately after Hurricane Katrina, Olivia worked in New Orleans for a non-profit affordable housing developer and was a Fellow with the Rockefeller Foundation Redevelopment Fellowship. Her inspiration to pursue urban planning came from working on the early development of the High Line park in Manhattan.
Olivia holds a B.A. in Art History from Carleton College in Northfield, MN, a Masters of Urban Planning from New York University in New York City, and Certificate in Urban Redevelopment from the University of Pennsylvania.