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Child Support?!

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It's Not Just Personal

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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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Valeria Mogilevich

Valeria Mogilevich

Valeria is a visual storyteller who creates tools for participation in collaboration with social justice organizations. She ... more

Valeria Mogilevich

Valeria is a visual storyteller who creates tools for participation in collaboration with social justice organizations. She also consults with cultural institutions, education non-profits, and others on community engagement and youth education. Valeria was formerly the Deputy Director of CUP, where over the course of eight years she created popular education tools with community-based organizations and developed curricula to help public high school students change the way the see their own neighborhoods. She has shared her thoughts on project-based learning, collaboration, and design for social impact at places like the New Museum, the Cooper-Hewitt, Pratt Institute, and institutions from Indianapolis to Rotterdam. Valeria holds a Bachelor of Arts from Brown University in Modern Culture and Media.

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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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Jenn Anne Williams

Jenn Anne Williams

Jenn was CUP’s Youth Education Program Manager. At the ripe age of two when she wasn’t running barefoot ... more

Jenn Anne Williams

Jenn was CUP’s Youth Education Program Manager. At the ripe age of two when she wasn’t running barefoot through the garden, Jenn began the lifelong pursuit of creative expression. A native born Hoosier, Jenn earned a liberal arts degree at Hanover College and followed her passion of design to Japan and Germany. With a combined love of the creative process, symbolism, and a strong belief in the influential power of art, Jenn earned her Masters in Art Therapy from New York University. She developed programs that used art as a tool for understanding and communication with youths at Ramapo for Children, the Foundation for Sustainable Development in India, Creative Arts Workshops for Kids, Free Arts NYC, and the Children’s Museum of the Arts, to name a few.

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Dillon de Give

Dillon de Give

Dillon de Give is an artist and educator who acts in a spirit of humane experimentalism. His projects set a stage ... more

Dillon de Give

Dillon de Give is an artist and educator who acts in a spirit of humane experimentalism. His projects set a stage for subtle alterations to everyday social performances and expose novel and equitable methods for distributing an experience of art. Dillon holds a BS in Radio/Television/Film from Northwestern University and an MFA in Art and Social Practice from Portland State University.  He is a co-founder of the Walk Exchange, a cooperative walking group. He organizes the annual Coyote Walk Itinerancy, a retreat that traces a path between New York City and the wild.  Dillon worked with CUP to produce the videos “Common Cents,” “Now Boarding,” and “Who Rules?”

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Clara Amenyo

Clara Amenyo

Clara was the Program Manager for CUP’s Public Access Design program from 2012 to 2014. Before coming to CUP, she ... more

Clara Amenyo

Clara was the Program Manager for CUP’s Public Access Design program from 2012 to 2014. Before coming to CUP, she worked in Structured Credit for Barclays Capital. Clara has a Bachelor of the Arts from the University of Pennsylvania.

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 Damayan Migrant Workers Association

Damayan Migrant Workers Association

DAMAYAN is a 10-year old grassroots, membership-based organization of low-income Filipino im/migrant workers, primarily ... more

Damayan Migrant Workers Association

DAMAYAN is a 10-year old grassroots, membership-based organization of low-income Filipino im/migrant workers, primarily women domestic workers. DAMAYAN organizes Filipino workers to defend their rights and to understand and challenge the root causes of forced migration and poverty. Through its programs and campaigns, DAMAYAN has effectively addressed exploitation, health problems and gender violence against Filipino women domestic workers. It uses solid organizing to combine political analysis and education with services, basebuilding, leadership development, and advocacy. It is a democratic organization with a wide base of over 800 members and an elected Board of Directors of all women domestic workers. DAMAYAN worked with CUP on Work Forced, a video about the labor trafficking of Filipino domestic workers.

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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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Raj Kottamasu

Raj Kottamasu

Raj Kottamasu is an artist, designer and urban planner. His work includes animation, print & web design, illustration, ... more

Raj Kottamasu

Raj Kottamasu is an artist, designer and urban planner. His work includes animation, print & web design, illustration, design research and cultural programming for organizations including The Architectural League of New York, Public Policy Lab, The Participatory Budgeting Project, and the NYC Department of Parks & Recreation. Raj also currently teaches Information Graphics in the Programs for Sustainable Planning & Development at Pratt Institute. He served as a Public Access Design Fellow in 2012, producing the animated video ‘Work Forced’ in collaboration with CUP and Damayan Migrant Workers Association.  He holds a Master’s degree in City Planning, with a certificate in Urban Design, from MITrajworks.com

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 All Other Services

All Other Services

All Other Services is a multidisciplinary design team working to enrich arts and advocacy projects. Through design, we ... more

All Other Services

All Other Services is a multidisciplinary design team working to enrich arts and advocacy projects. Through design, we collaborate to understand social conditions and develop communications that promote collective empowerment. Founded by Joel Stillman and Kevin Wade Shaw, All Other Services produces work which ranges from identity, strategy, and awareness to interaction, service and product design. Selected experience includes IDEO, MoMA, The New York Times, Pentagram, Ralph Appelbaum and Associates, and Project Projects.

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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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Ingrid  Haftel

Ingrid Haftel

Ingrid was the Community Education Program Director for CUP. Before CUP, she was Curator of Exhibitions at the Chicago ... more

Ingrid Haftel

Ingrid was the Community Education Program Director for CUP. Before CUP, she was Curator of Exhibitions at the Chicago Architecture Foundation (CAF), Chicago’s leading forum for the exchange of ideas on urban design. While at CAF, Ingrid developed major exhibitions that helped public audiences think critically about complex issues related to urban planning and architecture. Ingrid received her B.A. in English and Comparative History of Ideas from the University of Washington, and her M.A. in Humanities from the University of Chicago.

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 Safety Net Project

Safety Net Project

The Urban Justice Center’s Safety Net Project (SNP) is New York City’s advocate for economic justice, ... more

Safety Net Project

The Urban Justice Center’s Safety Net Project (SNP) is New York City’s advocate for economic justice, combining direct legal services, litigation, research, and policymaking to achieve economic justice for all New Yorkers. We strengthen the safety net by ensuring access to public benefits, nutritional assistance programs, eviction prevention services, public housing, and emergency shelter to ensure that no New Yorker is without food, housing, or other basic human rights.

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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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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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Don't Trash NYC!

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