Ebony Dumas is an Urban and regional planner highly skilled at building consensus among multiple stakeholders for local and national projects in economic development, creative placemaking, and neighborhood planning. Interested in creative and public spaces as they contribute to economic development, Ebony has also developed presentations on equitable solutions and community building for conferences, university groups, and national cultural institutions. Guided by more than 10 years of experience leading data driven iterative design processes and forming complex analyses, Ebony excels in using a variety of quantitative and qualitative techniques and methods for cohesive outcomes.
Ebony is a 2019 Association for Community Design Fellow and has recently served as a panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts Our Town grant. Additionally, she was a panelist at Princeton University Women’s Center for “Building Community Spaces Through Music and Dance.”
Outside of planning, Ebony (aka DJ Natty Boom) spins music that ranges from Tropical Bass, International Pop, House and Hip-Hop. She has also played at diverse venues such as The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington DC’s 9:30 Club, The Howard Theatre, and across the Mid-Atlantic Region, New Orleans, and Lima, Peru. Natty Boom is also 1/5 of the all-women DJ Crew, Anthology of Booty, which creates unique and welcoming social spaces and dancefloors. Her analysis of city infrastructure’s impact on creative expression began taking shape in 2007 as a DJ and continues to inform her work today.