Midori joins MIT from San Diego, where she has built a career in high-profile positions intersecting real estate, politics, and public service. Most recently, she was recruited for a newly created position in California’s second largest school district, San Diego Unified School District. As Director of Special Projects, she oversaw approximately $128 million in dispositions of excess real estate and implemented a strategic initiative to redevelop a district-owned property into income-producing, mixed-use projects.
Midori graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of California, San Diego with a B.A. in Urban Studies and Planning in 2008. At age 23, s he was hired as Chief of Staff to the City of San Diego Redistricting Commission, a seven-member panel of residents who drew new City Council district boundaries effective for the next decade.
A longtime member of the Urban Land Institute (ULI) , Midori served as co-chair in the San Diego/Tijuana chapter’s Young Leaders Forum, public-private partnerships group. In 2015, she was named a Woman of the Year for the 78th Assembly District by California State Assembly Speaker, Hon. Toni G. Atkins.
At MIT, Midori aspires to become a practitioner of complex urban projects, including mixed-use, infill, and social impact investment. She has been awarded the MSRED program’s William Wheaton Fellowship for 2016-17.