She is especially interested in topics like sustainable and biophillic design of cities and more creative and egalitarian access, and use of City spaces.In her professional life she is an Advisor to the Republic of Everyone on their Collective Impact programs, and for the past 5 years has played a leading role in the design and implementation of the 202020 Vision - an ambitious program to increase and improve green infrastructure in cities.I am now an Urbanist-Architect that has been serving as Deputy Chief of the Urban Management Division of the City Hall Of Phnom Penh in Cambodia.
As a recognized urban planner and architect in Phnom Penh, I have been asked to be part of many juries for different competitions in architecture and urbanization in Phnom Penh.
Jess' key area of interest is in how to better engage, inspire and empower a broad range (especially younger) people in civil decision-making.
As Mayor, my goal is to make Balanga City an even more highly livable university city/town.
We have already accomplished much: our city is smoke-free, was awarded three straight National Literacy Awards for component cities and the National Literacy Hall of Fame.
I received my Post-Master Degree (HMONP) in Architecture and Urbanism from the National School of Architecture Paris-Malaquais (within the National Fine Arts School) in Paris (2008).
Since then I has been registered to the French “Ordre des Architectes” in 2008 and to the ASEAN Board of Architects in 2013.
We have established Barangay (Village) Learning Hubs throughout the city where anyone especially students can walk in and have free use of computers with fast internet and printing but for strictly educational purposes.
We have also established School Learning Hubs in the public high schools with the goal of providing each student the computing resources they need in school as well.
Yu Nong is CEO and cofounder of Cyklr Inc, a startup that aims to be a catalyst for improvement in urban environments by committing to create abundance for people through the enhancement and replenishment of Earth’s soils by recovering organic wastes in cities and returning them to the earth to sustain it. is supported by New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) and was accepted into Futureworks Incubator program in New York City. has also recently been accepted by the US Department of Energy’s Phase 0 program that helps Small Business Innovation Research applicants.