Places shape us and we, as citizens, also have the ability to shape place. With this power, we must accept and respect that place, and our relationship to it, is personal for each of us. The challenge our community is facing in rewriting the land development code is not unique to Austin. As Austin, and many cities across the country, faces rapid transformation, every citizen’s perspective matters in this evolution. The rewrite of our code is this generation’s opportunity to face the divisive policies of the past, learn from the diverse perspectives of today and lay the foundation for a future city that is inclusive and equitable for all.
Founder, Public City
Fascinated by the rapid urbanization of our cities and its effect on the human experience, Meredith has spent her career working to enhance cultural and economic vibrancy through integrating art and creativity in the urban environment. Driven by her passion for people, places and the community fabric connecting them, Meredith's work focuses on human-centered, solutions-based strategies, programs and experiences that enhance quality of place and the human connection to it.
Before co-founding Public City, Meredith led Art Alliance Austin for nearly a decade launching award-winning programs and initiatives, including large-scale multi-site cultural events, temporary public art and design projects, and consulting on culture-led economic and community development strategies.
As an artistic director, Meredith has collaborated with and commissioned acclaimed Austin-based and international curators, artists, and designers, earning numerous awards and recognition for artistic excellence. Her work has been featured on the cover of Urban Land Magazine, Austin American-Statesman and the Austin Chronicle and she’s received impact awards from the City of Austin and the Downtown Austin Alliance.
Starting her career at Visit Austin, she's rooted in a deep understanding of the direct relationship between a vibrant creative economy and quality of place. Powell is a graduate of the University of Texas Moody College of Communications and Leadership Austin. She currently serves on the boards of CNU-CTX, Evolve Austin and the Austin Community Design and Development Center.