Dakota served as a HandsOn AmeriCorps VISTA for one year with the City of Phoenix Housing Department, supporting the Edison-Eastlake Choice Neighborhoods Initiative. She managed Aetna's $100,000 Cultivating Healthy Communities grant that provided subsidized GR:D Bike memberships for Edison-Eastlake residents. Through this grant, she worked to create more bikeable and connected neighborhoods by expanding the subsidized membership eligibility area, planning strategic placements for new bike share stations, recruiting new members, distributing bike safety equipment, and planning community events including bike rides, bike safety workshops, and a children's bike rodeo. She also facilitated the creation of a community garden project at one of the City public housing sites, in partnership with the Maricopa County Department Public Health. Dakota learned a great deal about how local governments and community partners can collaborate to create more green and sustainable communities.