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Tatianna Swenda

Vice President , Philadelphia Office

Tatianna leads the Anchor Strategy Practice at U3 Advisors, where she harnesses the transformative power of anchor institutions to foster economic growth and community vitality. With expertise in advanced geospatial and socioeconomic analytics, she develops comprehensive anchor strategies that significantly enhance the impact of U3’s clients. Passionate about creating data-driven solutions, Tatianna’s work bridges the gap between anchor institutions and the communities they serve.

As Vice President at U3, Tatianna spearheads the development of anchor strategy opportunity analyses, applying her deep understanding of economic, demographic, and real estate market trends to deliver actionable insights. Her meticulous approach to geospatial analysis enables U3 to offer detailed evaluations of demand drivers for anchor institutions and their consequential impacts on local markets.

Tatianna’s strategies are profoundly influenced by the mission-driven ethos of the organizations she partners with. Working alongside her multidisciplinary team, Tatianna has played a pivotal role in strategic projects with organizations like the Memphis Medical District Collaborative and the Newark Alliance. In Memphis, under her leadership, the team executed innovative ‘Buy Local’, ‘Live Local’, and ‘Hire Local’ and other place-based economic and community development programs, which brought significant socio-economic improvements by fostering collaboration among eight major institutions. In Newark, Tatianna’s strategic insights helped to unify diverse stakeholders, revitalizing the city’s downtown area and enhancing economic activities through targeted community development initiatives such as the BuyNewark and Live Local Newark programs. These projects exemplify the impactful integration of anchor institutions into their communities. These collaborations focus on leveraging anchor institutions’ roles in their communities to drive significant socio-economic transformations.

Her work helping these institutions advance their mission is informed by her prior experience as an instructor of geospatial analytics courses at Jefferson University. Tatianna has been at the forefront of geospatial education, serving as an instructor at Jefferson for over a decade, where she has developed and taught a range of courses within the College of Architecture and the Built Environment, such as ‘Advanced GIS: Urban Spatial Analytics’ and ‘Geodesign Applied Research Studio.’ These courses highlight her commitment to integrating real-world urban issues with cutting-edge geospatial technology. Additionally, Tatianna’s role as an adjunct for Jefferson’s Geodesign program has seen her guiding many students through complex urban design problems using advanced geospatial analysis. She is currently an adjunct instructor at the University of Pennsylvania, further expanding her influence and sharing her deep expertise with a new generation of students.

Tatianna holds a Bachelor’s degree in Architectural Studies and Design Technology and a Master’s in Geospatial Analytics and Urban Design Technology from Jefferson University, where she was a member of Alpha Lambda Delta Member-National Honor Society.


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