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Damaris Reyes

Damaris Reyes

Damaris Reyes is the Executive Director of Good Old Lower East Side (GOLES). A lifelong resident of the Lower East Side, ... more

Damaris Reyes

Damaris Reyes is the Executive Director of Good Old Lower East Side (GOLES). A lifelong resident of the Lower East Side, she has been involved in community organizing and housing issues both locally and nationally for more than a decade. Under Reyes’ leadership, GOLES expanded the scope of its work to include, land use, environmental public health, and economic justice. Her commitment to working collectively to organize and to build power for low-income communities of color in the decision-making that shapes the future of their lives and the Lower East Side neighborhood brought the organization into a pivotal role on a range of key issues including the Seward Park Urban Renewal Area, Living Wage, and the redevelopment of the East River Waterfront. Reyes currently sits on the board of the Association for Neighborhood Housing and Development, the advisory board for the Center for Neighborhood Leadership, and the Land Use, Zoning, Public & Private Housing Committee of Manhattan Community Board 3. She is the recipient of the 2006 New York Women’s Foundation’s Helen La Kelly Hunt Neighborhood Leadership Award, the 2008 Urban Agenda Visionary Award, and the proud winner of the 2009 Jane Jacobs Medal from the Rockefeller Foundation and the Municipal Arts Society.

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Damon Rich

Damon Rich

Damon Rich is a designer, artist, and the founder of CUP. In his exhibitions, graphic works, and events, sometimes produced ... more

Damon Rich

Damon Rich is a designer, artist, and the founder of CUP. In his exhibitions, graphic works, and events, sometimes produced in collaboration with young people and community-based organizations, Rich creates fantastical spaces for imagining the physical and social transformation of the world. His work represented the United States at the 2008 Venice Architecture Biennale, and has been exhibited at PS 1 Contemporary Art Center, Storefront for Art and Architecture, the Canadian Centre for Architecture, and the Netherlands Architecture Institute. In 1997, he founded CUP, and was Executive Director for 10 years. Damon currently serves as the Urban Designer for the City of Newark, New Jersey, where he leads design efforts with public and private actors to improve the city’s public spaces.

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Kyle  Richardson

Kyle Richardson

Kyle Richardson is a Graphic Designer and Artist, raised and based in NYC. She studied Graphic Design and ... more

Kyle Richardson

Kyle Richardson is a Graphic Designer and Artist, raised and based in NYC. She studied Graphic Design and Painting at Cooper Union.  She has worked for Opening Ceremony, Baggu, Friends & Family and currently, she is a part of the in-house design team at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM). She self published a publication called Tropical Fantasy that was distributed through Printed Matter’s Art Book Fair 2016 and currently at Topos Bookstore in Ridgewood close to where she grew up. Growing up a New Yorker she feels a responsibility to preserve her home for lower income families, neighbors and friends as the city wouldn’t be the same without them. 

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Joelle Riffle

Joelle Riffle

Joelle Riffle is a communication designer from Cleveland, Ohio. She graduated from Parsons School of Design with a BFA in ... more

Joelle Riffle

Joelle Riffle is a communication designer from Cleveland, Ohio. She graduated from Parsons School of Design with a BFA in communication design in 2013. Joelle has a range of professional and creative experiences, from her time as a graphic designer at the small branding and web studio to her current role as the program administrator at the Parsons Scholars Program. Her design practice and administrative work overlaps in the desire to work from a people-focused approach to collaborate and mobilize for positive change, particularly around underrepresented populations in creative fields.

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 Riverkeeper

Riverkeeper

Riverkeeper’s mission is to protect the environmental, recreational and commercial integrity of the Hudson River and ... more

Riverkeeper

Riverkeeper’s mission is to protect the environmental, recreational and commercial integrity of the Hudson River and its tributaries, and to safeguard the drinking water of nine million New York City and Hudson Valley residents.Riverkeeper focuses on three overarching problems facing Hudson River communities: (1) Restoration of the Hudson River ecosystem, with particular emphasis on minimizing fish kills and water pollution; (2) Protection of New York City’s drinking water supply; and (3) Improving public access to the Hudson River.

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Grace Robinson-Leo

Grace Robinson-Leo

Grace Robinson-Leo is a graphic designer living and working in New York. She holds an MFA from Yale University ... more

Grace Robinson-Leo

Grace Robinson-Leo is a graphic designer living and working in New York. She holds an MFA from Yale University and prior to that, studied Architecture at Barnard College. She has worked for Project Projects, Thumb, and Manuel Miranda, and is currently a Communications Design Intern at IDEO. Personal clients include Marc by Marc Jacobs, Trou Normand Restaurant in San Francisco, and a forthcoming book on the artist Morgan Fisher for the Aspen Art Museum.

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Jeremy Robinson-Leon

Jeremy Robinson-Leon

Jeremy Robinson-Leon is principal and chief operating officer at Group Gordon, a New York-based strategic communications ... more

Jeremy Robinson-Leon

Jeremy Robinson-Leon is principal and chief operating officer at Group Gordon, a New York-based strategic communications firm named the Holmes Report’s Best Boutique Agency to Work For in North America in 2014 and 2015. He oversees all aspects of client service across the firm’s corporate, public affairs, and crisis practices and has considerable expertise in strategy, media relations, social media, and crisis management, appearing regularly as a commentator on related topics in the media. Jeremy advises leading companies and organizations, including Shake Shack, Union Square Hospitality Group, Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, DonorsChoose.org, the Ford Foundation, Marcato Capital Management, and Schulte Roth & Zabel, among many others. He sits on the board of Enterprise Community’s Partners’ Gotham Society and early in his career worked with elected officials at both the state and Federal levels. He earned his B.A. in political science from Vassar College. 

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Nora Rodriguez

Nora Rodriguez

Nora is an artist and educator working primarily with animation, drawing, and sound. Nora uses traditional hand-drawn ... more

Nora Rodriguez

Nora is an artist and educator working primarily with animation, drawing, and sound. Nora uses traditional hand-drawn animation techniques, often exploring the physical comedy of cartoons to create sculptural spaces. In addition to her work with CUP, Nora has completed teaching residencies throughout New York with the Queens Museum, Dia: Beacon, the Museum of the Moving Image, and Magic Box Productions, among others. Nora is excited by media education because of its particular potential to draw a direct line between active, creative learning and active, creative citizenship. 

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Patrick Rowe

Patrick Rowe

Patrick Rowe is an artist, educator, and social practitioner based in New York City. Trained as a printmaker, and committed ... more

Patrick Rowe

Patrick Rowe is an artist, educator, and social practitioner based in New York City. Trained as a printmaker, and committed to pedagogically based practices, Patrick brings printmaking into public space. Through community based art projects, he works to co-create spaces for collaboration, active participation, and the exchange of cultural knowledge. Patrick received his BFA from Carnegie Mellon University and spent two years living in Cairo, Egypt before moving to New York City in 2010. He finished his Masters of Fine Art and Masters in Art and Design Education at Pratt Institute 2014. www.mobileprintpower.com

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Kate Rubin

Kate Rubin

Kate Rubin is Director of Policy & Community Development at The Bronx Defenders, a holistic public defender office in ... more

Kate Rubin

Kate Rubin is Director of Policy & Community Development at The Bronx Defenders, a holistic public defender office in the South Bronx.  She leads the office’s legislative and administrative advocacy activities and partnerships with community based organizations. She also manages Reentry Net/NY, an online resource center that helps individuals and advocates navigate the consequences of arrest, criminal convictions, and incarceration.  Kate’s prior experience is in education and supporting grassroots organizing campaigns that fight for criminal justice reform and accountable in economic development.  She holds a BA in history from Cornell University and served on the board of CUP from 2006 to 2012.

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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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Paul Lloyd Sargent

Paul Lloyd Sargent

Paul Lloyd Sargent is an artist and writer dividing his time between Brooklyn, Buffalo, and Wellesley Island, NY. His work ... more

Paul Lloyd Sargent

Paul Lloyd Sargent is an artist and writer dividing his time between Brooklyn, Buffalo, and Wellesley Island, NY. His work focuses on the legacies of our supply and disposal chains, most recently documenting the impact of the international shipping industry on ecologies, economies, and communities connected by the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River. He holds an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and is currently a student in the University at Buffalo’s new PhD program in the Department of Media Study.

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Students from Scary, Ok With It, Good

Students from Scary, Ok With It, Good

Students from the Academy of Urban Planning, in Aisha Haynes’ English Language Arts class, collaborated with CUP and ... more

Students from Scary, Ok With It, Good

Students from the Academy of Urban Planning, in Aisha Haynes’ English Language Arts class, collaborated with CUP and Jonathan Bogarín on “Scary, OK With It, Good.”

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 Schema

Schema

is a research and design firm. They solve complex information problems through technology, data, design, and art. They ... more

Schema

is a research and design firm. They solve complex information problems through technology, data, design, and art. They create tools and experiences that turn information into action. 

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Elana Schlenker

Elana Schlenker

is an independent graphic designer, art director, and the publisher of Gratuitous Type, an annual magazine offering ... more

Elana Schlenker

is an independent graphic designer, art director, and the publisher of Gratuitous Type, an annual magazine offering interviews and projects from contemporary creatives. Prior to the establishment of her studio practice, Elana worked as an art director at Condé Nast and a designer at Princeton Architectural Press and Rodale. elanaschlenker.com/

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Tal Schori

Tal Schori

Tal Schori is a registered architect practicing in New York City. He currently works at Deborah Berke Partners where he ... more

Tal Schori

Tal Schori is a registered architect practicing in New York City. He currently works at Deborah Berke Partners where he focuses on institutional and residential projects, such as a university dormitory in Pennsylvania, and a single family residence in Indianapolis. He edited Perspecta 42: The Real (MIT Press, 2010), and is a regular contributor to design juries. He is a graduate of the Yale School of Architecture (M.Arch, 2009) and Brown University (BA, 2003). 

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Eric Schuldenfrei

Eric Schuldenfrei

Eric Schuldenfrei is a designer focusing on urbanism, architecture, and art. Projects completed in collaboration with ... more

Eric Schuldenfrei

Eric Schuldenfrei is a designer focusing on urbanism, architecture, and art. Projects completed in collaboration with Marisa Yiu have been featured in many international biennales, such as the Venice Biennale and the Hong Kong-Shenzhen Biennale. Past projects include an art installation commissioned by Agnes Gund, President Emerita of the MoMA, and a film for CUP’s exhibition Urban Renewal: City Without a Ghetto. Eric received a PhD from the University of Cambridge and has taught at Princeton University, Columbia University, and the Architectural Association. Together with Marisa Yiu, Eric recently published the book Instant Culture. He has lectured at the Harvard University AsiaGSD series and the V&A museum in London.

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Sarah Serpas

Sarah Serpas

is a visually-driven person who also appreciates hard data and complicated concepts, so she was excited to work with CUP as ... more

Sarah Serpas

is a visually-driven person who also appreciates hard data and complicated concepts, so she was excited to work with CUP as their summer 2013 intern. She is currently working on her masters in City and Regional Planning at Pratt Institute, and has a special affinity for maps, sewage, and manufacturers. A Texan by birth, she moved to the City five years ago to study Physics and Urban Design and Architecture Studies at NYU. She is always looking for opportunities to see new parts of the city, as well as recommendations for Mexican food.

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Lucas Shapiro

Lucas Shapiro

Lucas Shapiro is one of the founders of Mayday Space, a collaborative center for social justice organizing, community ... more

Lucas Shapiro

Lucas Shapiro is one of the founders of Mayday Space, a collaborative center for social justice organizing, community empowerment, and creative expression based in Bushwick, Brooklyn. Mayday is a neighborhood resource and a citywide destination for engaging programming, dancing and other nightlife activities, and a welcoming gathering place for people to work, learn and build together. Before Mayday, he was the Senior Organizer at Families United for Racial and Economic Equality (FUREE), building power with low-income families to fight for jobs, housing and justice.

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Students from Share, Where?

Students from Share, Where?

Students from Brooklyn College’s College Now program collaborated with CUP and Hatuey Ramos-Fermín on ... more

Students from Share, Where?

Students from Brooklyn College’s College Now program collaborated with CUP and Hatuey Ramos-Fermín on “Share, Where?”

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Predatory Equity

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