Douglas Balder is an award winning architect and designer who has planned and designed interpretive museum exhibitions, museums, afterschool youth development centers, and science centers. Select projects include the Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center, Moscow; Morehead Planetarium and Science Center, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, North Carolina; Wisconsin History Museum Master Plan, Madison, Wisconsin; Scott Flamm Center for Afterschool Development, Newark, NJ.

Balder helped to build the All Stars Project, Inc., an independent, national afterschool performance-based youth development program and city-wide approach for engaging poverty. He serves on the national board and provides pro-bono planning and architectural consultation.

He is a leader of the Committee for Independent Community Action, analyzing New York City’s public housing policy and strategizing for how to protect and re-envision public housing for its residents.

Balder has been involved in independent politics for over 35 years working on non-partisan democracy campaigns.

He attended Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute where he received a B. Architecture and B.S. Building Science. Balder lives in Dartmouth, Massachusetts.