Abbe Hoenscheid Clemons is a Principal Planner for Eyestone Environmental, an environmental consulting firm based in Los Angeles, where she specializes in urban infill projects. Throughout her career, Abbe has spent time working in the public, private, and non-profit sectors working in urban planning, community development, and sustainability.
Without having stepped foot on Drew’s campus as a parent for her daughter’s freshman year, Abbe still felt the strength and nurturing of the Drew community every day, whether it was through her daughter’s laughter in between zoom classes or the fact that her daughter had the confidence to step outside of her comfort zone and challenge herself in ways that never seemed possible. Abbe truly felt the authenticity and resolve with which Drew carried through its mission of knowing and believing in teenagers, even in the midst of a global pandemic.
Abbe studied political science and psychology as an undergraduate and has a Master’s Degree in Urban and Regional Planning from San Jose State University. In addition to her environmental work and advocacy, Abbe has been a staunch advocate for children and seniors since she was a teenager herself, when she had her first experiences volunteering with seniors - something that has remained a priority to this day. Abbe has also served on the Board of her daughters’ co-op nursery school and on the PTA board of their public elementary school. She is currently serving as a Court Appointed Special Advocate for a foster youth in the Bay Area. Abbe brings a great sense of empathy and a strong belief in the power of community to the Board of Trustees - traits that she sees reflected in the Drew community on a daily basis.
As a native of Pennsylvania, she relishes the California lifestyle and spends as much time as possible being outside and soaking up the sun with her family and two dogs. At Drew, her daughter, Tilly (Drew Class of 2024) plays volleyball (and is deciding what sport is next), is in her second year of American Sign Language, and is looking forward to supporting performing arts productions as a theater technician. Abbe also has a younger daughter, Iggy, who is currently in middle school.