Maurie Smith

Senior Associate

Maurie joined U3 Advisors in 2015, bringing experience in community engagement, economic development policy, neighborhood planning, infrastructure financing and development, construction, and strategic analysis.

At U3A, Maurie works on a range of projects from large-scale strategic advising to small-scale real estate development projects in Philadelphia, Chicago, and College Park, MD.  Principal work in 2017 was her involvement on the Drexel University Facilities and Real Estate team that more specifically included, space planning strategy, construction project management, and coordination and assessment for large-scale real estate transactions. Maurie is also an instructor at the University of Pennsylvania in the City Planning Program.

Prior to joining U3 Advisors, Maurie served as a Project Manager at the Cooper’s Ferry Partnership in Camden, NJ.  At Cooper’s Ferry, Maurie worked on various infrastructure and planning initiatives throughout the City of Camden.  Maurie served as the project manager for the Downtown Institutional Plan, a strategic economic development plan for Camden’s educational, medical, and corporate institutions. She helped coordinate, fund, and launch community planning and environmental initiatives including the Camden Collaborative Initiative and a neighborhood plan for the Cooper-Grant/Central Waterfront neighborhood.  In addition, on behalf of the City of Camden, she oversaw road construction projects, a stream reconstruction project, and a stormwater management/park infrastructure project. Additionally, Maurie interned at the Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation (PIDC) on the Real Estate Development team working on the Lower Schuylkill Master Plan generating maps, demographic and economic analysis, and managing the consultant team.

Maurie earned a BA in Economics from the College of William and Mary, and a Master of City Planning from the University of Pennsylvania. During her time at Penn, she received the Paul Davidoff Award for outstanding work in areas of contemporary social concern.