A North Texas native, Jordan has found her home and professional calling in Central Texas. The rivers, hill country trails, and wildlife have inspired Jordan’s passion in responsible city building and the preservation of space for nature and the community. Jordan has experience in city planning, engaging the public, and leading innovation in some of the fastest growing and most dynamic cities in the country. She graduated from Texas A&M University (Whoop!) with a degree in International Studies - Politics & Diplomacy and a minor in Economics. She then discovered her planning passion at the University of Texas at Arlington in the Masters of City and Regional Planning program.
She served under the Mayor’s Office in Garland, Texas, designing catalyst projects that have spurred economic growth in Downtown Garland on the square. She was critical in developing an incubator space that housed a local brewery, Intrisic Brewing, that is now successfully open on the square. In 2015, the Congress for New Urbanism (CNU) chose Downtown Garland as a Legacy Project to be presented at that year’s annual conference.
Jordan cultivated her planning skills as the Long Range Planner for Frisco, Texas, the fastest growing city in the United States, where she tracked, forecasted, and presented growth changes and projections; activities that were paramount to keeping up with the population growth demands. To control the design of massive subdivisions popping up to meet the high population demand, Jordan led a team to implement a set of design standards that reduced cul-de-sac size, block lengths and lot size minimums leading to more fiscally sustainable neighborhood patterns.
Wanting to be closer to the natural wonders of Central Texas, she joined the City of Georgetown, Texas as a planner where she managed many projects under intense growth demands and a dynamic political environment. Using her design skills she developed in Frisco and the community engagement experience in Garland, she became the Communications Specialist for Georgetown’s Comprehensive Plan Update, where she designed community handouts and resource packets to explain and excite public interest regarding the Comprehensive Plan update.
In 2018, she joined Simplecity.Design as a City Designer. Working for a boutique firm has provided the opportunity for Jordan to work intimately on high-level planning projects. In 2020, the Bastrop Building Block Code, a code she was extensively involved in as a code writer, planner, project manager and community engager, won the 2020 Congress for New Urbanism Charter Merit Award for an Emerging Project and the 2020 Central Texas Section American Planning Association General Plan Award.