Ms. Bolender is a member of the Advisory Board of Design of the Redevelopment Authority of the City of Philadelphia, and was recently asked to join the People's Editorial Board of the Daily News. She is the American Institute of Architects' delegate to the Next Great City Initiative and the Built Environment Advocacy Coalition, and serves as co-chair of the Urban Design Committee. She is a Board member of Friends of Historic Sedgeley.
She is a graduate of Occidental College and received her Master of Architecture degree from Columbia University
With a grant from the William Penn Foundation for the Center for Architecture, she co-created Common Ground: Developers, the Public and the Zoning Code, an advisory project for the Philadelphia Zoning Code Commission. She writes on current civic design issues as part of the Participate forum of PlanPhilly. She is an instructor in the Citizens' Planning Institute for the Philadelphia City Planning Commission. In the Civic Vision for the Central Delaware Riverfront planning process she served as an invited design professional and civic engagement moderator. She has worked with the Philadelphia Inquirer, WHYY and the Penn Project for Civic Engagement as a small group moderator on projects including the Great Expectations forums and citizens' budget workshops for the City of Philadelphia.
She has served as a juror for the Washington DC design awards, and the Kendeda Fund Sustainable Home Competition in Atlanta. She is a LEED Accredited Professional, and is registered to practice in Pennsylvania, Delaware and Maryland.