annalise fonza, Ph.D.
Since the late 1990s, annalise (small case is intentional) has devoted herself 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. She is a Ph.D. graduate of the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and she is proud to have successfully earned three separate master’s degrees, with honors.
Presently, Dr. Fonza is a lecturer at Cal Poly Pomona in the Department of Urban & Regional Planning and the Department of Ethnic & Women’s Studies. Her numerous teaching experiences include appointments at the University of Missouri Kansas City, Clark Atlanta University, the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. In addition, she is formerly a legislative aide, a local community radio programmer, and a United Methodist (UMC) clergywoman. As a UMC clergywoman, she served various congregations under Episcopal appointment in three states. Today, she is openly atheist and unapologetically womanist.
Dr. Fonza is a firm believer that a thriving regional economy is dependent upon an educated, literate, and sustainable workforce. She has designed and developed curricula in urban studies and urban planning. She was the first Scholar-in-Residence at the Center for Neighborhoods, an initiative of the University of Missouri Kansas City, Department of Architecture, Urban Planning + Design. She is certified by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) as a substitute teacher, and she has assisted hundreds of adult learners attain the HiSET, an educational certificate that is similar to the GED. She is both agile and experienced when it comes to community development and engagement.
In addition, 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).
In 2019, Dr. Fonza published her first solo project on rebuilding black communities, a short epublication that she refers to as a womanist planning proposal. She has also written in academic journals and presented at a joint congress of American and European planning colleges and universities. 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, edited and published by Darrell C. Smith (www.blacknones.com); she is certified as a Humanist Celebrant by the American Humanist Society (based in Washington, D.C.); and, you can find her on Twitter @breatheandpush. Notably, 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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