Sumaila Palla

Master of Urban Planning - 2013

Project Coordinator, Transition Strategy
Stanford Health Care
Sumaila Palla

Why did you choose Wagner for graduate school?

I wanted to get into a program that did not just focus on design, but allowed me to expand my skill set. The Master of Urban Planning at Wagner did just that. I incorporated design into my projects, but also gained a large understanding of how various communities, infrastructure, and other elements of a city are crucial to large projects and development.

How would you describe your experience as a Wagner student?

I got involved on Day 1. I became incredibly involved with the Urban Planning Student Association, ran for President my second year, and tried to attend as many networking and speaker sessions as possible, which allowed me to have a well-rounded experience. I am still in touch with some of my professors, and since the urban planning community at Wagner is a smaller cohort, a lot of us are still in touch and close.

Describe your current job.

I am at Stanford Healthcare working with their Transition Strategy Department. I am responsible for assisting in the strategic planning, transition, and activation of the Future Stanford Hospital that is scheduled to open in early 2017. Along with that, I am taking over all of the Wayfinding and Mock-up construction in preparation for the new building.