annalise fonza, Ph.D. Where to begin? Dr. Fonza is a woman of many talents, but most importantly, she is not afraid of change and evolution; in fact, (for the most part) she welcomes the challenge of transformation.
Since 2001, annalise (small case is intentional) has devoted her life to teaching and lecturing on urban planning and urban studies. She is a skilled analyst and a critical thinker, particularly as it pertains to the redevelopment and development of predominantly black neighborhoods and communities. Currently, she is a managing partner with AM Consulting, LLC, which is based in Kansas City, Missouri. Dr. Fonza’s teaching experiences include appointments at the University of Missouri Kansas City, Clark Atlanta University, Georgia State University, Claflin University, the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Worcester State University, Mount Holyoke College, the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, and, Parkland Community College.
In addition, Dr. Fonza is not limited to one sphere or place in life, and she is excellent at crossing boundaries and borders – when necessary. She is formerly a local community radio host and organizer, a political aide to a Massachusetts state lawmaker, and a United Methodist (UMC) clergywoman. She has always kept one foot in community and one foot in academe. In 2010, annalise earned a Ph.D. in Regional Planning from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Her other degrees include: a Master of Public Administration; a Master of Divinity; and a Master of Urban & Regional Planning. In 1990, she graduated from Clark Atlanta University with a Bachelor’s of Arts in Political Science. She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. (’87 Sigma Chapter), and she holds the title of being the very first Miss Clark Atlanta University (89-90). As a UMC clergywoman, she served congregations in Missouri, Illinois and Massachusetts, yet, in 2003, she voluntarily and officially returned her ordination papers or “credential” to her annual UMC conference. Today, she is openly atheist and unapologetically womanist.
Dr. Fonza is presently working on the independent publication of her first book. She has also published in the Journal of Planning Education and Research, in Planning Theory and Practice, in Crosscurrents, a global and peer-reviewed journal published by Wiley-Blackwell, and in The Humanist magazine. At conferences and workshops she presents on matters of race, religion, gender, sexuality, relationship, urban governance and community (including neighborhood) development. She is a contributor to You Are Not Alone: Black Nones, an anthology of deconversion stories by black nonbelievers, which is edited and published by Darrell C. Smith (www.blacknones.com); she is certified as a Humanist Celebrant by the American Humanist Society (located in Washington, D.C.); and, you can find her on Twitter @breatheandpush. In 2014, she was one of four ex-clergy featured in a video documentary: A Path Less Taken: From Ministry to Non-Belief and Beyond, which was filmed, edited and produced by Dr. Jim Lawrence and is available for rent or purchase on Amazon.
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