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Rent Regulation Rights - San Francisco Edition

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Rent Regulation Rights - San Francisco Edition

Meet the Gun Laws

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Meet the Gun Laws

The Deciders

City Studies

The Deciders

Snack Attack

City Studies

Snack Attack

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 partner at the nationally-recognized design firm H3 Hardy Collaboration Architecture.  As a design ... more

Ariel Fausto

Ariel Fausto is a partner at the nationally-recognized design firm H3 Hardy Collaboration Architecture.  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 an Interactive Art Director. With a career spanning over fourteen years, she currently teaches at City ... more

Sabrina Hall

Sabrina Hall is an Interactive Art Director. 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 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 governments have with the people they serve. As Deputy Director ... more

Inbar Kishoni

Inbar Kishoni is on a mission to improve the conversations governments have with the people they serve. As Deputy Director of Public Engagement at the New York City Department of Transportation, she created and runs the Street Ambassador program – a lean and agile group of ten, multi-lingual outreach specialists that has become integral to the way the agency communicates about and builds support for projects. Working within the neighborhoods they serve, often in public spaces and among residents and other stakeholders, the team establishes a presence that builds trust and transparency throughout the planning and implementation process.

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’s co-founder of the Roberta Moses Happy Hour Club and plays keyboard and theremin in the band Night Powers. Ask her about her Halloween costumes.

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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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David Smiley

David Smiley

David Smiley teaches architectural design and urban history at the Graduate School of Architecture Planning and ... more

David Smiley

David Smiley teaches architectural design and urban history at the Graduate School of Architecture Planning and Preservation at Columbia University. His research and teaching focus on the ways the discipline of architecture overlaps with planning, policy, preservation, finance and community-based initiatives. His book, Pedestrian Modern: American Architecture and Shopping, 1925-1956, (Minnesota, 2013) examines how architects joined modernist design and planning ideas with new programs and scales of retailing. Smiley has organized conferences on the use of public spaces and streets in New York City and has written about malls, urban design and suburban housing. He previously taught at Barnard College were he organized symposia including “Rights of Way” in 2009 and “Moving Toward Utopia” in 2010, at which invited planners, architects, community advocates and public officials examined bikeways and other changes to public space in the NYC. Previous publications include Redressing the Mall: Sprawl and Public Space in Suburbia (2002) and Hell’s Kitchen South: Developing Strategies (2001). David is a member and the Chair of CUP’s Board.

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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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Bottled Up

City Studies

Bottled Up

Prison Profits: Who Pays The Price

City Studies

Prison Profits: Who Pays The Price

What's On Your Plate?

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What's On Your Plate?

H2 Oh No!

Technical Assistance

H2 Oh No!

What the Cell?

Urban Investigations

What the Cell?

What You Need To Know About ACS

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What You Need To Know About ACS

Get It Back!

Public Access Design

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