District 7

Jennifer Schwartz Berky

Jennifer Schwartz Berky is running for a second term in the Ulster County Legislature, a role that calls upon her 30-year career as a professional urban planner in environmental protection and economic development.  She has worked extensively on community revitalization and adaptive reuse of historic places, cities and sites, waterfronts, downtowns, and cultural institutions in the United States and abroad.  A major focus of this work is civic engagement to foster an environment of respectful discussion, advocacy and informed decision-making.

Berky earned her Bachelor’s degree in Art History from SUNY Stony Brook and two Master’s degrees from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation: one in Urban Planning and the other in Real Estate Development.  Following this, she was sent by the US Advisory Council on Historic Preservation as a delegate to ICCROM, an intergovernmental UNESCO conservation planning program in Rome, Italy.  Ms. Berky has lived for several years abroad during her career and studies, and is fluent in Spanish, French and Italian.

Berky began her career as a design and construction project manager for projects in New York City.  She also worked as a consultant for the World Bank in Washington, DC and for government agencies and NGOs in Jerusalem, Rome and several other cities in the US and abroad.  Since moving to the Hudson Valley in 2004, Jennifer worked for eight years as Deputy Director of Planning for Ulster County and, in 2012, established her consulting practice, Hone Strategic, LLC(link is external).  She works with numerous community leaders, municipalities, non-profit organizations and private developers on sustainable, community-driven development projects.  Berky is also a regular lecturer in environmental and urban studies, including 4 years at Bard College(link is external).