CUP’s core staff supports the organization from day to day, but CUP projects are designed and implemented by teams of artists, designers, educators, activists, and researchers.
Elizabeth C. Yeampierre is a Puerto Rican civil rights attorney of African and Indigenous ancestry born and raised in New York City. She is Executive Director ofUPROSE, Brooklyn’s oldest Latino community based organization. Her vision for an inter-generational, multi-cultural and community led organization is the driving force behind UPROSE; she is a long-time advocate and trailblazer for community organizing around sustainable just development in Sunset Park. She holds a BA from Fordham University and a law degree from Northeastern University.close
Marisa Yiu is an architect and founding partner of ESKYIU a multi-disciplinary architecture, design and research studio actively integrating culture, community, art and technology. Yiu served as the Chief Curator of the 2009 Hong Kong & Shenzhen Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism\ Architecture. She has published in LOG, DomusChina, Metropolis, JAE, Routledge, and Architectural Record. She is an assistant professor at the School of Architecture at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. She received her B.A from Columbia and M.Arch from Princeton and involved in New York’s Chinatown Design Lab. With CUP she led and taught workshops at the summer design institute with the Cooper Hewitt Design Museum, and created with Eric Schuldenfrei the Urban Renewal animation and activity tables for CUP’s exhibition “City Without a Ghetto”.close
Kaz is an architect based in Tokyo, Japan. He participated in “Detroit Do Your Thing!” 2007, graduated with Bachelor in Architecture from the Cornell University, College of Architecture, Art, and Planning with three concentrations in theory, history and technology. 2007-2009, worked for Sou Fujimoto Architects. 2011, received Master in Architecture II with Distinction from Harvard University Graduate School of Design. In 2011, appointed the Coordinator and Teaching Associate for Harvard GSD abroad studio taught in Tokyo by Toyo Ito on “Home for All” projects in Tohoku region. 2012, began collaboration with takram design engineering. While investigating new architectural theory and design process that fuses research, design and praxis, Kaz is also active in wide range of activities from education to product design.close
Sondra has been at CVH since 2000 and was named the organization’s Executive Director in March 2007; she was previously CVH’s Director of Public Policy and Research. Sondra has worked both in the United States and abroad to achieve social and economic justice through organizing. She has over 15 years experience as an organizer and activist with grassroots groups including farm workers, Native Americans, public housing residents, and low-income workers in the United States, and abroad for various populations throughout Latin America and in several African countries. She obtained a Master’s Degree in Public and International Affairs from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School in order to gain policy analysis tools to bring back to the grassroots. She also has a BA in American Studies focusing on Oppression and Revolution from Wesleyan University.
Sondra was a MPP juror.close
Emily Young is a Chinese-American artist and designer living in Brooklyn, NY. Since graduating from New York University in 2014, she has been exploring how experimental art and architecture can bring about a more conscious relationship between humans and the built environment. Her favorite subjects as of late include informal cities, Chinatowns, youth culture, and fermentation practices. Most recently, she was the teaching artist for Our Voice, Our Choice: Why Vote in Local Elections?.close
The Youth Justice Board is a leadership program that gives young people a voice in policies that affect their lives, and provides policymakers access to the insights of informed young people. Each year, a team of high-school-age youth from across New York City investigates a juvenile justice or public safety issue, formulates policy recommendations and works to implement its recommendations. The current Youth Justice Board seeks to expand and improve the City’s Alternatives to Detention (ATD) programs for young people charged with delinquencies. The Youth Justice Board is a project of the Center for Court Innovation and the Center for Courts and the Community. The Youth Justice Board was the advocate for the MPP I Got Arrested! Now What?close
Kristen has been a CUP fan for a few years, and was thrilled to get to intern at CUP during a gap between semesters at MIT, where she is studying architecture and urbanism. Before MIT she worked in Mississippi for over 4 years at the Gulf Coast Community Design Studio, and has dabbled here and there in woodworking and design/build projects. She has an undergraduate degree in architecture, and probably too many crafty hobbies.close
Ping Zhu is a Brooklyn-based illustrator. She received the ADC Young Gun in 2013 and has been recognized by American Illustration and Communication Arts. Her clients include the New York Times, Pentagram, New Yorker, Coach, GOOD Magazine, The Independent, Sunday Times, Pushkin Press, Hèlium, and Nobrow Press. She is a visiting instructor at Pratt Institute and a graduate of Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California.close
Kate Zidar is an Environmental Planner with a professional focus on solid waste, open space, urban agriculture and stormwater management. As Executive Director of the Newtown Creek Alliance, she works to strike a balance between waterfront access, environmental health and economic development for the city’s most polluted waterway and one of it’s strongest centers for manufacturing and industrial jobs. Kate serves as Chairperson of the Steering Committee for the Stormwater Infrastructure Matters (S.W.I.M.) Coalition, an organization dedicated to ensuring swimmable, fishable waters around New York City through Green Infrastructure. Kate is CUP’s biggest fan.close