We are public-service minded infrastructure and project development experts helping communities and regions make the most of transformational infrastructure opportunities. Our goal is to build collective momentum for equitable implementation.
Shalini Vajjhala, PhD is the Executive Director of PRE Collective and a nationally recognized infrastructure and climate resilience expert with more than 15 years of experience designing, funding, and financing community-centered resilient infrastructure solutions. Over the last decade, she founded and led the design firm re:focus partners and co-founded The Atlas, an online platform for local government collaboration and innovation. Previously, Shalini held multiple positions at the USEPA and the White House Council on Environmental Quality. She is currently a Board Member of Smart Growth America and a nonresident senior fellow with the Brookings Institution Metro Program. Shalini holds a B.Arch in Architecture and PhD in Engineering and Public Policy from Carnegie Mellon University.
Benjamin Shorofsky, PE is Managing Director of PRE Collective and the founder of Stepwell Strategies, LLC. Ben brings over a decade of experience in multi-benefit green infrastructure, conservation finance, and coalition building. Ben has advised foundations on innovative conservation investments, worked with municipalities to leverage federal dollars, and worked on the ground in some of the most divested communities in the country. Ben has extensive experience building new nonprofits and start-ups and was a Fulbright Scholar in India where he studied textile wastewater treatment. He brings a trust based approach to community-centered design, a knack for project development, and a thorough project management approach to the PRE team.
Caroline George brings years of experience as an infrastructure researcher at the Brookings Institution’s Metropolitan Policy Program, where one of her main focuses was analyzing, tracking, and contextualizing the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act and Inflation Reduction Act for both national and local stakeholders. Caroline’s passion for equitable, community-centered, climate-smart infrastructure drives all her work—whether tracking federal legislation, analyzing hyperlocal data, or working with regions across the country to co-develop economic and equity mapping tools. Prior to Brookings, Caroline served as an Emerson National Hunger Fellow at the Congressional Hunger Center. Caroline graduated from Wellesley College with a BA in Environmental Studies and Jazz and World Music.