Naomi Hersson-Ringskog

Co-Founder & Board Member

Naomi Hersson-Ringskog is an urban planner and was No Longer Empty’s founding executive director from 2009 – 2016. She launched the organization and co-developed its signature model of creative interim use for innovative historic preservation, creative placemaking, and community building. Since then, Hersson-Ringskog has started Department of Small Interventions that works on arts-based projects that foster community collaborations and engagement. As Swedish-American, Hersson-Ringskog is a graduate of Columbia University’s Masters Program in Urban Planning with a focus on readaptive use and urban green sustainability. She has also worked with the New School Collaboratory– a program funded by Rockefeller Foundation that emphasizes collaborative design-led research and interventions. She served on the Executive Board of Columbia University’s GSAPP Alumni Association, the Coro New York Neighborhood Leadership board and is active now in the American Planning Association, Forum for Urban Design, and is an advisory member for Modern Maputo and Institute for Public Architecture