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Clair Beltran

Clair Beltran

Clair Beltran is CUP’s Program Assistant and is also a former intern. She is a recent graduate of Middlebury College ... more

Clair Beltran

Clair Beltran is CUP’s Program Assistant and is also a former intern. She is a recent graduate of Middlebury College where she studied Architecture and Geography. She is interested in the intersections between sociology and design and is excited by how different people experience space. Having spent the past 5 years in Vermont, she is excited and overwhelmed at being back in her hometown of New York City and relearning what it has to offer. 

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James Boyd

James Boyd

James is an intern for CUP during the fall semester. He is currently a senior Urban Studies major at Vassar College with ... more

James Boyd

James is an intern for CUP during the fall semester. He is currently a senior Urban Studies major at Vassar College with concentrations in Sociology and Geography and a minor in English. Originally from Massachusetts, he is interested in the ways that architecture shapes the ways people perceive space and how preservation can be used to empower forgotten narratives. When he is not commuting to CUP from Poughkeepsie on the MetroNorth, he enjoys reading, knitting, and exploring the Hudson Valley. He is excited to support CUP’s urgent work in creating better and more equitable futures.

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Christine Gaspar

Christine Gaspar

Christine is the Executive Director of CUP. She has over fifteen years of experience in community design. Prior to joining ... more

Christine Gaspar

Christine is the Executive Director of CUP. She has over fifteen years of experience in community design. Prior to joining CUP, she was Assistant Director of the Gulf Coast Community Design Studio in Biloxi, Mississippi, where she provided architectural design and city planning services to low-income communities recovering from Hurricane Katrina. In 2012, she was identified as one of the “Public Interest Design 100.” She holds Masters in Architecture and in City Planning from MIT, and a Bachelor of Arts from Brown University.

She’s been a CUP fan since 2001, and a staff member since 2009.

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Codi Haigney

Codi Haigney

Codi is CUP’s 2018-2019 Public Ally. She holds a BA in Feminist & Gender Studies from Colorado College. She ... more

Codi Haigney

Codi is CUP’s 2018-2019 Public Ally. She holds a BA in Feminist & Gender Studies from Colorado College. She is excited to learn more about design as a tool for social change and community development. Codi was an intern and continues to work with the Parole Preparation Project–an organization that advocates for incarcerated people as well as pushes for deep systemic change.

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Fielding Hong

Fielding Hong

Fielding is a Youth Education Program Manager at CUP. He has almost 10 years of experience as a youth educator working at ... more

Fielding Hong

Fielding is a Youth Education Program Manager at CUP. He has almost 10 years of experience as a youth educator working at the intersections of history, the arts, and social justice. Fielding has worked as both a high school history teacher in Philadelphia and a museum educator in New York. He holds a B.A. in Film Studies from Wesleyan University, a teaching degree from the University of Pennsylvania, and a Master’s in Culture and Gender Studies from Yonsei University in Seoul, South Korea. A born and bred Iowan, this country boy loves exploring urban wilds, borderlands, and the possibilities of thirdspace. He has made his home in the fight for the right to the city.

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Aska Mukuti

Aska Mukuti

Aska is CUP’s 2018 Fellow for Change in Design. After graduating from Boston University with a BFA in graphic design, ... more

Aska Mukuti

Aska is CUP’s 2018 Fellow for Change in Design. After graduating from Boston University with a BFA in graphic design, she returned to her roots in the Bay Area to teach and tutor students through a local nonprofit. She loved creating individualized worksheets and activities to help engage her students and build their academic confidence. The experience augmented her interests in design as a tool for social impact, and it led her to move from California to New York to intern for IDEO.org as a Communications Designer. Aska is looking forward to combining her passions for design, teaching, and public service to foster community engagement and learn more about the local issues that affect New York’s diverse residents. As a directionally-challenged newbie to the city, she enjoys walking around to search for the best Caribbean and Jamaican food (the spicier, the better) in her new neighborhood of Crown Heights.

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Oscar Nuñez

Oscar Nuñez

Oscar is a Community Education Program Manager at CUP. He is a graduate of the City and Regional Planning ... more

Oscar Nuñez

Oscar is a Community Education Program Manager at CUP. He is a graduate of the City and Regional Planning Master’s Program at Pratt Institute with a concentration on Community Development. While completing his studies at Pratt, Oscar worked and interned in various local community organizations and groups, including CUP, on issues dealing with planning, design, and community education and engagement. Previously, he received a B.A. in Sociology and Latin American Studies from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada.  Originally from Tegucigalpa, Honduras, he moved to Washington, D.C. at a young age. He is fluent in English, Spanish, and French and can give pretty good directions in Portuguese.

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Siyona Ravi

Siyona Ravi

Siyona is CUP’s Communications & Development Assistant. She is a recent graduate of the University of ... more

Siyona Ravi

Siyona is CUP’s Communications & Development Assistant. She is a recent graduate of the University of Pennsylvania where she received a BA in Visual Studies. She’s interested in the intersections of art, environmental justice, and community development. She was born in Bangalore, grew up in Chicago, and now lives Brooklyn, where you can find her making a mess in the kitchen or caring for her beloved ficus, Eugene. 

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Frampton Tolbert

Frampton Tolbert

Frampton is CUP’s Deputy Director. For more than 20 years, he has worked in development and communications for ... more

Frampton Tolbert

Frampton is CUP’s Deputy Director. For more than 20 years, he has worked in development and communications for arts and architecture organizations. Previously he was the Deputy Director of the Historic Districts Council. He has received a New York State Council on the Arts grant and a James Marston Fitch Foundation Fellowship for his work examining vernacular modernism in the borough of Queens, and currently serves on several boards including Docomomo New York/Tri-State and Municipal Art Society’s Preservation Committee. Frampton holds a degree in historic preservation from the University of Mary Washington. 

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Mark Torrey

Mark Torrey

Mark Torrey is a Community Education Program Manager for CUP, working on Making Policy Public and the Envisioning ... more

Mark Torrey

Mark Torrey is a Community Education Program Manager for CUP, working on Making Policy Public and the Envisioning Development Toolkits. Previously he spent a good long while working as an Information Technology Specialist (computer guy) at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, but then decided to firm up his understanding of cities by getting a Masters in City and Regional Planning from Cornell University. He wears his pants in the Highwater fashion, which most of the CUP staff find to be ridiculous, but it keeps his pants from getting caught in the bike chain.

He has been a CUP staff member since 2011.

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