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About our Founder


Drake Carnahan, Founding Land Steward

Drake (she/her) started Urban Village Designs LLC in 2020 as an opportunity to put her knowledge and vision into practice, and to put her skills into designing regenerative natural and social environments. 


Drake holds a M.S. in Sustainability Education, B.A. in Social Sciences, minor in Civic Leadership, and completed her Permaculture Design Certificate at Portland State University in 2014. She has over a decade's worth of experience in environmental conservation, urban farming, service-learning, project management, event production, group facilitation, outdoor and experiential education for youth and adults, personal coaching and mindfulness practices.

She's a dog mama, chicken, duck and bee keeper, avid backpacker (both internationally and in the backcountry), whole systems nerd, urban village enthusiast, and enjoys dreaming up and contributing to the development of future regenerative societal design. On the side, she's also a personal coach and is a founding member and co-director of EARTH Space PDX.  


If interested in having Drake lead a workshop or for other education collab inquiries, email at

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