Cheri Hessami

Urbanist & HR Lead
Cheri Hessami
Cheri is a multidisciplinary urbanist with a background in cognitive science, public health and business operations. She helps deliver impactful projects and handles our human resources needs.

During her time with Happy Cities, Cheri has used deep engagement techniques to help marginalized youth shape their community in Rotterdam, and to ensure that seldom-heard groups inform public space plans in Vancouver. She has embedded in communities to help them co-create a placemaking master plan for Superior, Colorado. And she has co-led pioneering studies on tactical urbanism projects, unearthing the remarkable effect that public plaza designs can have on feelings of safety and belonging. This work received a Canadian Institute of Planners Award for Planning Excellence in Healthy Communities Planning. Cheri has a Master’s in Public Health from the University of Waterloo and a Bachelor of Arts & Science in Cognitive Science from McGill University.  

Cheri is passionate about building sustainable and equitable organizations that have a positive social impact. She brings this expertise to help make Happy Cities an inclusive and impactful organization.

Projects Cheri has worked on

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Designing for Difference

Inclusive Engagement

Joyful Spaces

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Inspired by Nature: Creative Placemaking Master plan

Inclusive Engagement

Joyful Spaces

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Pavement-to-Plaza Wellbeing Assessment

Inclusive Engagement

Joyful Spaces

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