Mara Mintzer
Program Director
Growing Up Boulder

Mara Mintzer is a founder of Growing Up Boulder (GUB), Boulder’s child- and youth-friendly city initiative, based out of the University of Colorado Boulder’s Community Engagement Design and Research (CEDaR) Center.  As the director of GUB, Mara helps integrate children and youth voices into Boulder’s city planning.  She writes and presents internationally on the topic of engaging young people in planning, including in a 2017 TEDx talk entitled, “We let kids design our city—here’s what happened.”  Prior to GUB, Mara was the director of Belle Haven Community School in California, where she oversaw child and family support services for families on an underresourced school campus.  She has designed and implemented a wide variety of programs for underrepresented children, families and neighborhoods in New York and California.  Mara received a bachelor's degree in psychology from Brown University and a master's degree  in organizational psychology from Teachers College, Columbia University.  She speaks Spanish and French and loves to travel and live abroad.



Derr, V.,  L. Chawla and Mintzer, M. Placemaking with Children and Youth Participatory Practices for Planning Sustainable Communities.  New York: New Village Press, 2018. Print.

Mintzer, M. and D. Flanders Cushing. 2017, in press.  “Growing Up Boulder: Engaging children and youth in local decision‐making."  K. Bishop and L. Corkery (Eds.), Designing for Kids in the City: Beyond Playgrounds and Skateparks.  Routledge Press

University of Sheffield: Growing Up Boulder's "Great, Green Neighborhoods" project is featured on the Designing with Children website produced by the University of Sheffield in the UK;

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