Your Guide to Welfare in NYC

Making Policy Public

Your Guide to Welfare in NYC

Is Justice For All?

City Studies

Is Justice For All?

Carbon City

City Studies

Carbon City

Who Makes Bail?

Urban Investigations

Who Makes Bail?

What Does It Mean To Live In My Own Place?

Making Policy Public

What Does It Mean To Live In My Own Place?

Is Your Landlord Using Construction to Harass You?

Technical Assistance

Is Your Landlord Using Construction to Harass You?

Board Members

Christine Coletta

Christine Coletta

Christine Coletta is an attorney at the law firm Hirschen Singer & Epstein, where she specializes in affordable housing ... more

Christine Coletta

Christine Coletta is an attorney at the law firm Hirschen Singer & Epstein, where she specializes in affordable housing and community development. Christine represents both non-profit and for-profit clients in the structuring, financing and development of affordable housing and mixed-use developments throughout New York City. A specialist in not-for-profit governance, Christine is actively involved in deals ranging from supportive housing to rental and homeownership initiatives. She has held positions at the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development and Fifth Avenue Committee. Christine received her BA from Brown University and her JD from Boston College Law School. She is a native Rhode Islander and lives in Brooklyn.

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Ariel Fausto

Ariel Fausto

Ariel Fausto is a Principal at the nationally-recognized design firm H3. As a design leader specializing in architecture ... more

Ariel Fausto

Ariel Fausto is a Principal at the nationally-recognized design firm H3. As a design leader specializing in architecture for the arts, culture and public space, Ariel is interested in design that connects people to the arts, their community and each other.  From Lincoln Center Theater’s new LCT3 to a new maritime museum in Biloxi Mississippi, Ariel spearheads some of the firm’s most ambitious projects.  He studied Environmental Design as an undergraduate at Texas A&M University, and went on to receive a Masters of Architecture from MIT.

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Sabrina Hall

Sabrina Hall

Sabrina Hall is a Senior Product Design Manager at Etsy. With a career spanning over fourteen years, she currently teaches ... more

Sabrina Hall

Sabrina Hall is a Senior Product Design Manager at Etsy. With a career spanning over fourteen years, she currently teaches at City Tech, and was co-chair of AIGA NY’s Mentoring program. Sabrina is passionate about writing and speaking on accessibility in design, creating opportunities for emerging designers and advocating for equity within the field of design.

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Rebecca Karp

Rebecca Karp

Rebecca Karp is a highly regarded advisor with deep experience solving challenging and complex urban planning initiatives. ... more

Rebecca Karp

Rebecca Karp is a highly regarded advisor with deep experience solving challenging and complex urban planning initiatives. She launched Karp Strategies in 2015 following nearly a decade in policy, operations, and management roles across the public and private sectors. She has since grown the company into one of the leading urban planning and community economic development consultancies in New York City. Rebecca is passionate about urban development, and is dedicated to creating a thriving urban fabric and helping communities build strong local economies. At Karp Strategies, she serves as an advisor to cross-sector clients, ranging in size, location, and sphere of impact from the public, private, and non-profit spheres. Rebecca’s theory of change is grounded in a holistic data-driven, people-oriented, and place-based approach, that taken together, allow for thoughtful analysis and strategy of economies and communities.

Rebecca has a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Bowdoin College and a Master’s in City Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where she wrote her thesis on Community Benefits Agreements. She is a proud alumna of the Coro Leadership New York Program and NYU Stern School of Business + New York City Department of Small Business Services Strategic Steps for Business program. Locally, she sits on Open House New York’s Transit Advisory Committee, the New York State Committee for the Regional Plan Association, and the board of directors of the Center for Urban Pedagogy, and is a member of the New York Building Congress, CoreNet, IEDC, APA, and is a Fellow with the Urban Design Forum.

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Beom Jun  Kim

Beom Jun Kim

Beom Jun Kim is an architect, visual artist and founding partner of WA.K Studio in Brooklyn. His research based practice is ... more

Beom Jun Kim

Beom Jun Kim is an architect, visual artist and founding partner of WA.K Studio in Brooklyn. His research based practice is focused on exploring the intersection of narrative and design utilizing digital technology and virtual reality. Beom Jun was born in South Korea and grew up in Southern California where he studied business and economics at UCLA. He relocated to the east coast to study architecture and received his Master’s degree from Yale University. As an architect, he has experience leading public space and residential development projects in Brooklyn and Manhattan. Prior to architecture, Beom Jun has held positions as controller and CFO for a film production studio in Hollywood and practiced as a CPA at a real estate accounting firm in Los Angeles. Beom Jun joined the Board of CUP in 2016.

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Inbar Kishoni

Inbar Kishoni

Inbar Kishoni is on a mission to improve the conversations decision makers have with the people they serve. As the ... more

Inbar Kishoni

Inbar Kishoni is on a mission to improve the conversations decision makers have with the people they serve. As the Community & Equity Program Manager on Lyft’s Citi Bike team, she works on increasing access to the Citi Bike system for the City’s most-underserved populations. Included in her portfolio are programs that encourage CBOs to put on community-based bike rides, a partnership with Achilles International to provide adaptive bicycles for people with disabilities, and the Reduced Fare Bike Share program, which grants $5/mo memberships to NYCHA residents, SNAP recipients, and members of select Community Development Credit Unions.Previously, she spent 11.5 years at NYC DOT, first as a Project Manager in their Bicycle Program and ultimately as their first ever Director of Public Engagement & Program Development where she created NYC DOT’s Street Ambassador program – a lean and agile group of ten, multi-lingual outreach specialists that became integral to the way the agency communicates about and builds support for projects.Inbar holds a MA in Urban Planning from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation and a BA in Geography from the University of Colorado at Boulder. She is the co-founder of the Roberta Moses Happy Hour Club and has played keyboard and theremin in a few bands.

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Ayanna Oliver-Taylor

Ayanna Oliver-Taylor

Ayanna Oliver-Taylor is a Director at L+M Development Partners, a full-service affordable housing real estate development ... more

Ayanna Oliver-Taylor

Ayanna Oliver-Taylor is a Director at L+M Development Partners, a full-service affordable housing real estate development firm. In her role, Ayanna focuses on preservation development, specifically leading L+M’s NYCHA platform. Prior to L+M, Ayanna worked at the New York City Housing Development Corporation and Carver Federal Savings Bank. She received her BA from the City College of New York and an MS in Real Estate Development from Columbia University. As a native New Yorker, Ayanna is passionate about promoting and expanding social and housing equity for all New Yorkers. 

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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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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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Mari Yahagi

Mari Yahagi

Mari Yahagi is an Executive Director of JPMorgan, responsible for providing Governance and Oversight on investment products ... more

Mari Yahagi

Mari Yahagi is an Executive Director of JPMorgan, responsible for providing Governance and Oversight on investment products that are offered to the clients. Her educational background is on Urban Disaster Management and Public Policies, focused on urban policy review, conflict management, and decision making through group dynamic analysis. On a pro bono basis, Mari has worked with Non-Profit Organizations focusing on social equality and justice in Japan, United States, Bangladesh, Thailand, and Turkey. She is also studying Ayurvedic Medicine to provide guidance for breastfeeding mothers and for families with young children.

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Public Access Design

Trouble With Your Water Bill?

Test Ride

City Studies

Test Ride

Good Cops? Bad Cops? More Cops? No Cops?

Urban Investigations

Good Cops? Bad Cops? More Cops? No Cops?

Ready, Set, Apply!

Technical Assistance

Ready, Set, Apply!

The Who in the Q!

Urban Investigations

The Who in the Q!

Figuring Out Health Insurance

Making Policy Public

Figuring Out Health Insurance

Don't Get Iced

Public Access Design

Don't Get Iced

Making the Grade

Urban Investigations

Making the Grade