Bringing with her a passion for placemaking, for healthy communities, and for the written word, Alexis Zimberg joined Mode Shift in March 2013. Zimberg is the director of Post-Soviet Graffiti, a cultural and research hub that examines and advocates for the vibrant urban life that exists in a censored or authoritarian state. She also works as a Crew Leader for the Student Conservation Association's community youth programming in Detroit's green spaces. With a master’s degree from Georgetown University and a bachelor’s degree from McGill University, Zimberg loves to look at everyday things like transportation, signage, and green spaces through a civic or political lens. She is an activist for natural preservation in the Lakes Area, the protection of Michigan’s Great Lakes, and the quality of life in the City of Detroit, where she resides. In addition to her 2012 book “The Spray Can is Mightier than the Sword: Street Art as a Medium for Political Discourse in the Post-Soviet Region,” she has also written for Foreign Policy Magazine, Radio Free Europe/ Radio Liberty (RFE/RL), the Calvert Journal, and Curbed Detroit. Her next book, titled "Post-Soviet Graffiti: Free Speech in the Streets," is scheduled to release in summer 2013.