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.