annalise fonza, Ph.D.
Since the late 1990s, annalise (small case is intentional) has devoted her life to teaching, writing and community development. She is a skilled analyst and a critical thinker, particularly as it pertains to the redevelopment and development of predominantly black neighborhoods and communities. Presently, annalise is a federal civilian employee with the United States government, and she is a lecturer at Cal Poly Pomona in the Department of Urban & Regional Planning. Her numerous 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, she is formerly a local community radio host and organizer, a legislative/political aide, and a United Methodist (UMC) clergywoman. She is capable and known for her versatility, yet she remains engaged in the communities and neighborhoods where she lives.
Education and urban planning are central to annalise’s story. Dr. Fonza is a firm believer that a thriving regional economy is dependent upon an educated, literate, and sustainable workforce. That said, she has designed and taught courses in urban studies as well as community and neighborhood development at the University of Missouri Kansas City in the Department of Architecture, Urban Planning + Design (AUPD). She was also the first Scholar-in-Residence at the Center for Neighborhoods, which is an AUPD initiative. She is certified by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) as a substitute teacher and an adult education and literacy instructor who has assisted hundreds of adult learners attain the HiSET certificate (a test that is equivalent to the GED). She is a subcontractor with the Missouri School for the Blind and provides one-on-one support to children and families enrolled in the MoSpin program. She is both agile and experienced when it comes to community engagement. And, she has the education to add to her long list of accomplishments. In 2010, she graduated from the University of Massachusetts Amherst with a Ph.D. in Regional Planning. Her other degrees include: a Master of Public Administration, a Master of Divinity, and a Master of Urban & Regional Planning and she is a 1990 graduate of Clark Atlanta University (Bachelor’s of Arts in Political Science). Dr. Fonza 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 held pastoral appointments in Missouri, Illinois, and Massachusetts. Her first of six episcopal appointments was in Kansas City, Missouri. But, upon embracing important deep and philosophical shifts, she voluntarily and officially returned her ordination papers or “credential” to her annual UMC conference in 2003. Today, she is openly atheist and unapologetically womanist.
Dr. Fonza self-published her first solo written work in 2019 on rebuilding black communities, a short epublication that she refers to as a womanist planning proposal. She has also published in academic journals and beyond. 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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