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James Whitman

James Whitman

James Whitman (b. 1976) makes drawings, artist’s books, and sometimes other things. He has worked with such amazing ... more

James Whitman

James Whitman (b. 1976) makes drawings, artist’s books, and sometimes other things. He has worked with such amazing collaborators as The Lions, Barry Doupe, Owen Plummer and Perro Verlag. Most recently he has made a set of linocuts for Lubok Verlag (Leipzig, Germany), made the artist’s book Behead, Roll, Tell with Courtney Burke, and worked as a teaching artist with the Center For Urban Pedagogy (NYC). He holds an MFA in studio arts from Concordia University, Montreal where he studied under Eleanor Bond, and currently lives in Queens, NY.

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Maya Wiley

Maya Wiley

Maya Wiley is the Founder and President of the Center for Social Inclusion, a national public policy strategy organization ... more

Maya Wiley

Maya Wiley is the Founder and President of the Center for Social Inclusion, a national public policy strategy organization that unites policy research and grassroots advocacy. As a civil rights attorney and policy advocate, Ms. Wiley has litigated numerous cases, lobbied Congress and developed programs to transform structural racism in the US and abroad. 
Prior to founding the Center for Social Inclusion, Maya was a senior advisor on race and poverty to the Director of U.S. Programs of the Open Society Institute and helped develop and implement the Open Society Foundation – South Africa’s Criminal Justice Initiative. She has worked for the American Civil Liberties Union National Legal Department, in the Poverty and Justice Program of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. and in the Civil Division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York. Maya previously served on the boards of Human Rights Watch, the Institute on Race and Poverty at the University of Minnesota School of Law and the Council on Foreign Relations. She currently chairs the Tides Network Board and was named a NY Moves magazine 2009 Power Woman. In 2011 Wiley was named as one of “20 Leading Black Women Social Activists Advocating Change” by The Root.com.

Maya was a MPP juror.

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Dan Wiley

Dan Wiley

Dan Wiley is a Community Coordinator for a Congressperson in southwest Brooklyn and teaches part time at Columbia ... more

Dan Wiley

Dan Wiley is a Community Coordinator for a Congressperson in southwest Brooklyn and teaches part time at Columbia University GSAPP fall urban design studio.  Working in the Congressional office since 2000, he has coordinated planning projects and initiatives spanning communities from downtown Brooklyn southwest to Red Hook, Gowanus and Sunset Park.  Prior to that, he served as Education Coordinator at Brooklyn Center for the Urban Environment (1993-1999).  He holds an MA in Urban Geography from Hunter College, CUNY (2007), a BFA from Cooper Union (1987) and was a fellow at the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program (1988).  Before joining the board of CUP in 2006, he participated in the Building Codes exhibition (2001) and The Programmable City.  He also leads numerous interactive public neighborhood and waterborne tours.  His work can be found in If You Lived Here: The City in Art, Theory, and Social Activism, Seattle: Bay Press, 1991.

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Jenn Anne Williams

Jenn Anne Williams

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

Jenn Anne Williams

Jenn is 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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Willy Wong

Willy Wong

Willy Wong immigrated at an early age with his family to Brooklyn from Hong Kong. He currently collaborates with artists, ... more

Willy Wong

Willy Wong immigrated at an early age with his family to Brooklyn from Hong Kong. He currently collaborates with artists, entrepreneurs, philanthropists, and community leaders. He teaches at SVA and Parsons. From 2006–2014, he served as Chief Creative Officer of NYC & Company, where he and his team contributed to over 100 civic initiatives and public/private partnerships, including NYCGO, NYC Service, PlaNYC, GreeNYC, MillionTreesNYC, NYC Taxis, Bike NYC, NYC Mayor’s Cup, NYC Restaurant Week, NYC Broadway Week, Fashion’s Night Out, and NYCxDesign. During his tenure, tourism’s total economic impact to the City increased 50% to $60 billion, with domestic visitation increasing by 50% and international by 100%. He previously worked in advertising at MFP New York, software engineering at Sapient, management consulting at PricewaterhouseCoopers, and private banking at JP Morgan. He earned his MFA from Yale and AB from Dartmouth.

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Rosten Woo

Rosten Woo

Rosten Woo is a cultural producer living in Los Angeles. He makes work that helps people understand complex systems and ... more

Rosten Woo

Rosten Woo is a cultural producer living in Los Angeles. He makes work that helps people understand complex systems and participate in group decision-making. He produces that work in partnership with local and national groups ranging from the American Human Development Project to the East Los Angeles Community Corporation. His work has been exhibited at the Cooper-Hewitt Design Triennial, the New Museum, the Venice Architecture Biennale, Netherlands Architectural Institute, the Lower East Side Tenement Museum, on the internet, and in various public housing developments, tugboats, shopping malls, and parks in New York City and Los Angeles. His first book, “Street Value,” was published by Princeton Architectural Press in 2010. He is co-founder and former executive director of the Center for Urban Pedagogy (CUP). His website: www.wehavenoart.net

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Leslie Wood

Leslie Wood

is an Illustrator based in Brooklyn, NY.  In addition to her illustration work she also does murals, ceramics, and ... more

Leslie Wood

is an Illustrator based in Brooklyn, NY.  In addition to her illustration work she also does murals, ceramics, and jewelry.  Leslie received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Illustration from Savannah College of Art and Design.  She is a lover of tacos, travel, and NCAA basketball. leslieawood.com

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Erika Wood

Erika Wood

Erika L. Wood is an Associate Professor of Law at New York Law School.  Previously, she was the Deputy Director of the ... more

Erika Wood

Erika L. Wood is an Associate Professor of Law at New York Law School.  Previously, she was the Deputy Director of the Democracy Program at the Brennan Center for Justice where she designed and launched major reform campaigns around the country and provided legal counsel and strategic guidance to advocates, legislators, and policymakers nationwide. Erika has litigated complex civil rights cases and is a frequent speaker and commentator on voting rights, criminal justice reform and racial justice issues.  In 2010, she worked with CUP to produce the MPP Know Your Lines.

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Sandy Xu

Sandy Xu

Sandy was a Program Assistant at CUP. She has pursued her interest in all things sustainable and inclusive at a variety of ... more

Sandy Xu

Sandy was a Program Assistant at CUP. She has pursued her interest in all things sustainable and inclusive at a variety of places, including a civil society organization in China, a disaster relief nonprofit in Japan, and a political advocacy group in New Jersey. Originally from Hawaii, she studied Chinese and sociology at Peking University and has a B.A. in East Asian Studies from Harvard University. She can make herself understood, for the most part, in Chinese and Japanese; she is working on her Swedish.

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Amber Yared

Amber Yared

Amber Yared is an artist and educator. She received a BFA in Studio Art and Art History from Concordia University in ... more

Amber Yared

Amber Yared is an artist and educator. She received a BFA in Studio Art and Art History from Concordia University in Montreal, a BEd from OISE/UT in Toronto, and an MAAE from SAIC in Chicago. She has experience in museum education, community arts, and high schools. In 2006 she interned with CUP and worked on The Water Underground and What’s Poppin’ at Fulton Mall.

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Elizabeth C. Yeampierre

Elizabeth C. Yeampierre

Elizabeth C. Yeampierre is a Puerto Rican civil rights attorney of African and Indigenous ancestry born and raised in New ... more

Elizabeth C. Yeampierre

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.

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Marisa Yiu

Marisa Yiu

Marisa Yiu is an architect and founding partner of ESKYIU a multi-disciplinary architecture, design and research studio ... more

Marisa Yiu

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”.

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Kaz Yoneda

Kaz Yoneda

Kaz is an architect based in Tokyo, Japan. He participated in “Detroit Do Your Thing!” 2007, graduated with ... more

Kaz Yoneda

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.

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Sondra Youdelman

Sondra Youdelman

Sondra has been at CVH since 2000 and was named the organization’s Executive Director in March 2007; she was ... more

Sondra Youdelman

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.

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Emily Young

Emily Young

Emily Young is a Chinese-American artist and designer living in Brooklyn, NY. Since graduating from New York University in ... more

Emily Young

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?.

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 Youth Justice Board

Youth Justice Board

The Youth Justice Board is a leadership program that gives young people a voice in policies that affect their lives, and ... more

Youth Justice Board

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?

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Kristen Zeiber

Kristen Zeiber

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, ... more

Kristen Zeiber

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.

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Ping Zhu

Ping Zhu

Ping Zhu is a Brooklyn-based illustrator. She received the ADC Young Gun in 2013 and has been recognized by American ... more

Ping Zhu

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.

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Kate Zidar

Kate Zidar

Kate Zidar is an Environmental Planner with a professional focus on solid waste, open space, urban agriculture and ... more

Kate Zidar

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.

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