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Jade Levine

Jade Levine

Jade Levine was CUP’s 2019 Summer Intern. She is a recent graduate of Barnard College, where she studied urban ... more

Jade Levine

Jade Levine was CUP’s 2019 Summer Intern. She is a recent graduate of Barnard College, where she studied urban sociology and wrote her senior thesis on place-based activism in Manhattan’s Chinatown. She facilitates workshops and creates programs around the intersections of arts and activism with both Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls and the W.O.W. Project, and is working on making the perfect applesauce. 

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Leslie McBeth

Leslie McBeth

Leslie McBeth is an educator who doesn’t like classrooms.  She spends most of her time as a high school teacher ... more

Leslie McBeth

Leslie McBeth is an educator who doesn’t like classrooms.  She spends most of her time as a high school teacher in Toronto taking students out of the school building and into the community.  Leslie coordinates the school’s Service Learning program, which sees 200 students volunteering in their community every week.  As a member of the Radical Education Research Collective (RERC), Leslie exchanges ideas with educators who believe the future of learning will be radically different.  In her former life in New York City, Leslie was an advocate for improving public space and civic engagement as part of the dynamic team at the Design Trust for Public Space.

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Ron Morrison

Ron Morrison

Ron Morrison is a curious amalgam: both amateur cartographer and print media enthusiast, June Jordan devotee and lover of ... more

Ron Morrison

Ron Morrison is a curious amalgam: both amateur cartographer and print media enthusiast, June Jordan devotee and lover of lab coats. He attended the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign with a background in Chemistry, Psychology and Gender Studies. For the past four years he had been working in New Orleans creating popular education pedagogies using art and design to demystify processes of attaining and preserving housing. He believes that people should have full participatory access to shaping their cities and communities and sees design as a medium for creating knowledge and deconstructing discursive power paradigms. He is currently a graduate student in the Design and Urban Ecologies program at Parsons the New School for Design.

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Gileen Navarro

Gileen Navarro

Gileen Navarro was CUP’s 2019 Fall Intern. She was born in Manila, Philippines and grew up in Long Beach, CA. Gileen ... more

Gileen Navarro

Gileen Navarro was CUP’s 2019 Fall Intern. She was born in Manila, Philippines and grew up in Long Beach, CA. Gileen is a junior at Stanford University majoring in Product Design. This past summer, she worked as a Design Student Assistant for the Stanford Graduate School of Business Library and also collaborated with Bayani Art, a Pilipino arts organization in the Bay Area, to create a female-empowering shirt design. Gileen’s passion for creative expression and advocating for those who are under-represented fuels her interest in working at CUP, and she strives to learn the role that design thinking plays in social issues.

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Dori Nguyen

Dori Nguyen

Dori was a graduate intern at CUP. She is pursuing her MCRP at the Bloustein School of Urban Planning and Public Policy at ... more

Dori Nguyen

Dori was a graduate intern at CUP. She is pursuing her MCRP at the Bloustein School of Urban Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University, studying community and international development, with particular emphasis on food systems, economics and informal settlements.  She is currently scheming to make the world a better place.

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Mame Diarra Niang

Mame Diarra Niang

Mame Diarra Niang is one of CUP’s summer 2018 interns. She is currently a junior at the International Community High ... more

Mame Diarra Niang

Mame Diarra Niang is one of CUP’s summer 2018 interns. She is currently a junior at the International Community High School in the Bronx, where she will be learning English as an ESL student. Born and raised in Senegal, she came to the United States at the age of 11 years old. Mame is interested in law, business, administration of international studies, and a little bit of journalism. In her free time, Mame likes to lie down and watch Senegalese and Nigerian movies so she can learn life lessons and English. She also likes to go on trips with her school or other programs, and she enjoys laughing.

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Oscar Nuñez

Oscar Nuñez

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

Oscar Nuñez

Oscar was 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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Jonathan Palmer-Hoffman

Jonathan Palmer-Hoffman

Jonathan is an architect who worked on the Sewer in a Suitcase project; where he honed his tablesaw skills on a Red Hook ... more

Jonathan Palmer-Hoffman

Jonathan is an architect who worked on the Sewer in a Suitcase project; where he honed his tablesaw skills on a Red Hook rooftop. After receiving a Master of Architecture degree from the Savannah College of Art and Design, Jonathan worked for architecture firms in New York and Shanghai. The next place is unknown…

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Kevin Park

Kevin Park

Kevin Park was CUP’s spring 2015 intern. A junior at Hunter College, he is majoring in Asian American Studies and ... more

Kevin Park

Kevin Park was CUP’s spring 2015 intern. A junior at Hunter College, he is majoring in Asian American Studies and Media Studies. Previously, he was an intern for CAAAV: Organizing Asian Communities and Girls for Gender Equity. Currently, Kevin is on the Steering Committee of Gay Asian and Pacific Islander Men of NY. Born and raised in NYC, Kevin is passionate about all things related to social justice and community organizing. He loves working with video and is a self-proclaimed YouTube geek.

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Jazlyn Patricio-Archer

Jazlyn Patricio-Archer

Jazlyn was the Communications Assistant at CUP, as well as a former intern. She studied Urban Studies and Education at ... more

Jazlyn Patricio-Archer

Jazlyn was the Communications Assistant at CUP, as well as a former intern. She studied Urban Studies and Education at Stanford University. Prior to CUP, Jazlyn worked at the Diversity and First Generation Office at Stanford, where she developed a pedagogy and curriculum of diversity engagement and social justice dialogue strategies. In addition to her work at CUP, she studied at Farm School NYC working towards a certificate in Urban Agriculture. 

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Zach Postone

Zach Postone

Zach Postone is interested in neighborhood planning, community gardens, climate change politics, and technologies of the ... more

Zach Postone

Zach Postone is interested in neighborhood planning, community gardens, climate change politics, and technologies of the future.  He’s originally from Berkeley, CA, and studied Political Science and Art at Swarthmore College. As an intern at CUP, Zach was involved with several CUP projects, including “What the Cell?”, the Soda Census, and the Zoning Toolkit.

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Maniza Pritila

Maniza Pritila

Maniza was a student at Brooklyn College Academy. She was an intern at CUP and participated in the “$ ... more

Maniza Pritila

Maniza was a student at Brooklyn College Academy. She was an intern at CUP and participated in the “$ Breakdown” Urban Investigation in the fall of 2010.  

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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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June  Song

June Song

June Song was a senior Design major at City University New York Queens College who is interested in combining her passion ... more

June Song

June Song was a senior Design major at City University New York Queens College who is interested in combining her passion for design with a desire to help people, particularly immigrants like herself, navigate confusing systems in the United States. She also holds an associate degree in Interior Design from Ducksung Women’s University in Seoul, South Korea. She is excited to work with CUP to help communities to use the power of design.

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Sada Spence

Sada Spence

Sada was the Spring Intern at CUP. She is a Jamaican American art and design student at CUNY Hunter College. Sada’s ... more

Sada Spence

Sada was the Spring Intern at CUP. She is a Jamaican American art and design student at CUNY Hunter College. Sada’s art practice revolves around identity, the urban environment, and how these can be changed in the future. She interviews black business owners for her project, Dark Neighborhood, and facilitates workshops and talks about reshaping the future of the black community. She will be doing a pilot residency in New Orleans with the Joan Mitchell Foundation this July and will be studying in South Korea the Fall 2018 semester.  

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Angela Starita

Angela Starita

Angela Starita is a graduate student, freelance writer and teacher. Her work has been published in The ... more

Angela Starita

Angela Starita is a graduate student, freelance writer and teacher. Her work has been published in The Architect’s Newspaper, Print, Metropolis, The New York Times, and other publications. She is interested in industrial architecture and the work of Lina Bo Bardi and other Brazilian modern architects. Angela was an intern at CUP.

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Emilio Vides-Curnen

Emilio Vides-Curnen

Emilio Vides-Curnen is one of CUP’s Summer 2018 Interns. He is currently a rising senior at Brown University, where ... more

Emilio Vides-Curnen

Emilio Vides-Curnen is one of CUP’s Summer 2018 Interns. He is currently a rising senior at Brown University, where he studies Visual Arts and Architectural Studies. Born and raised in Boston and a lifelong artist, he has always been interested in urban issues and the ways in which art and design can be used to tackle them. He is especially interested in uplifting and serving marginalized urban communities, including but not limited to queer/LGBTQ+ people, low income communities, people of color, and those directly affected by the prison-industrial complex. In his free time, you can find him (un)ironically looking at astrology memes, hopelessly juggling the million creative half-ideas in his head, and taking walks through the city and its parks as often as possible. 

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Mariel Villeré

Mariel Villeré

Mariel Villeré, former intern at CUP, focuses on the revitalization of post-industrial architecture and urban spaces ... more

Mariel Villeré

Mariel Villeré, former intern at CUP, focuses on the revitalization of post-industrial architecture and urban spaces through art, architecture, and cultural activities. Professional experience at small design studios, non-profits, and museums situates her work between disciplines. She is currently a Masters Degree candidate at Massachusetts Institute of Technology in History, Theory, and Criticism of Architecture and Art and holds a BA in Architecture from Barnard College, where she first learned about CUP.

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Stephanie Whitehouse

Stephanie Whitehouse

Stephanie Whitehouse holds an undergraduate degree in Communication Design from NSCAD (Halifax) and a Master’s degree ... more

Stephanie Whitehouse

Stephanie Whitehouse holds an undergraduate degree in Communication Design from NSCAD (Halifax) and a Master’s degree in City Planning from the University of Manitoba. She is an exhibit designer at the Manitoba Museum in Winnipeg, Canada. She also runs a small design studio called Public Image Co, working primarily for non-profit organizations.

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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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