What Do Incarcerated Parents Need to Know About ACS?

Technical Assistance

What Do Incarcerated Parents Need to Know About ACS?

Is There A Pattern?

Urban Investigations

Is There A Pattern?

Shine a Light on Your Utility Rights

Making Policy Public

Shine a Light on Your Utility Rights

Is Your Landlord Harassing You or Your Neighbors?

Envisioning Development

Is Your Landlord Harassing You or Your Neighbors?

Shine a Light on Your Utility Rights

Making Policy Public

Shine a Light on Your Utility Rights

CUP Staff

Clair Beltran

Clair Beltran

Clair Beltran is CUP’s Program Coordinator and is also a former intern. She is a recent graduate of Middlebury ... more

Clair Beltran

Clair Beltran is CUP’s Program Coordinator and is also a former intern. She is a recent graduate of Middlebury College where she studied Architecture and Geography. She is interested in the intersections between sociology and design and how different people experience space. Having spent the past 5 years in Vermont, she is excited and overwhelmed at being back in her hometown of New York City and relearning what it has to offer. 

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Agustín Cepeda

Agustín Cepeda

Agustín is a Community Education Program Manager at CUP. Agustín has always been passionate about art and ... more

Agustín Cepeda

Agustín is a Community Education Program Manager at CUP. Agustín has always been passionate about art and design: how it can embody care, spark joy, suspend time. He renovated homes for a living before understanding that what he loves the most about design is its capacity to bring people together in shared knowledge around a common goal. Shifting the goal from buildings to social justice led him to CUP! Agustín holds a Bachelor of Architecture (University of Texas at Austin) and a Master’s in City Planning (MIT). Outside of CUP he’s probably working on design projects with friends and family.

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Pilar Finuccio

Pilar Finuccio

Pilar Finuccio is a Community Education Program Manager at CUP.  She is a visual designer and researcher with a ... more

Pilar Finuccio

Pilar Finuccio is a Community Education Program Manager at CUP.  She is a visual designer and researcher with a commitment to creative practice and social justice. She spends her time advocating for the creation and preservation of communities, exploring methods of collaboration, and working on her listening skills. Before joining CUP, she was a Design Research Fellow at Public Policy Lab, a Communications Designer for The Department of Small Business Services’ Neighborhood Development Division, and the In-house Graphic Designer for O, Miami Poetry Festival. She received her MFA  in Design for Social Innovation from the School of Visual Arts and her BFA in Graphic Design from North Carolina State University’s  College of Design. When she’s not at CUP, she’s selling vegetables for Conuco Farm at the Ft. Greene Farmers Market or fixing something her dog, Roz, chewed.

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Genea Foster

Genea Foster

Genea is a Community Education Program Manager at CUP. Genea is a Brooklyn native, whose Afro-Caribbean ancestry has shaped ... more

Genea Foster

Genea is a Community Education Program Manager at CUP. Genea is a Brooklyn native, whose Afro-Caribbean ancestry has shaped their deep commitment to social justice. Genea is passionate about popular education as a tool for transformative action and building power in communities at the frontlines of systemic oppression. As an urban planner and organizer, Genea has worked with youth, communities of color, and municipalities towards environmental justice, climate resiliency, health equity, and food sovereignty. Genea holds a Master’s in City Planning from MIT and a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies from Wellesley College. Outside of work, Genea can be found veganizing recipes, talking about a just transition, and dreaming about returning to the land.

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Ro Garrido

Ro Garrido

Ro Garrido is a Youth Education Program Coordinator at CUP. Ro was born in Lima, Peru and grew up in Jackson Heights, ... more

Ro Garrido

Ro Garrido is a Youth Education Program Coordinator at CUP. Ro was born in Lima, Peru and grew up in Jackson Heights, Queens. Ro is a self-taught, multidisciplinary artist and educator whose work grapples with memory and intimacy. They work with mixed media, sculpture, fiber, archives, installation and community engagment. Ro’s work has been featured at the Leslie Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, Goddard College, and Flux Factory. Ro was a 2014 Create Change Fellow and 2016 Commissioned Artist with The Laundromat Project. Ro is currently a 2018-19 Engaging Artists Fellow at More Art and a 2019-20 Artist in Residence at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center. Ro has a BA in Individualized Studies with a focus on Visual Art and Mental Health from Goddard College.

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Christine Gaspar

Christine Gaspar

Christine is the Executive Director of CUP. She has over fifteen years of experience in community design. Prior to joining ... more

Christine Gaspar

Christine is the Executive Director of CUP. She has over fifteen years of experience in community design. Prior to joining CUP, she was Assistant Director of the Gulf Coast Community Design Studio in Biloxi, Mississippi, where she provided architectural design and city planning services to low-income communities recovering from Hurricane Katrina. In 2012, she was identified as one of the “Public Interest Design 100.” She holds Masters in Architecture and in City Planning from MIT, and a Bachelor of Arts from Brown University.

She’s been a CUP fan since 2001, and a staff member since 2009.

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Marisa Hetzler

Marisa Hetzler

Marisa is CUP’s 2021 Fellow for Change in Design. She is a recent graduate from the Fashion Institute of ... more

Marisa Hetzler

Marisa is CUP’s 2021 Fellow for Change in Design. She is a recent graduate from the Fashion Institute of Technology’s graphic design program. (She’s also a sagittarius, serial outfit repeater, Adventure Time fan, and candy wrapper collector). Outside of her school and freelance work, she also served as Creative Director at the Collegiate Association for Artists of Color. She loves how graphic design allows her to research complex topics like race, mental health and identity. Projects she enjoys the most are ones that allow her to learn a little more about the world, herself, and how we all interact with one another.

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Emma Kilroy

Emma Kilroy

Emma Kilroy, Development Coordinator, joined CUP in July 2021. She was born in Pennsylvania and moved to New York ... more

Emma Kilroy

Emma Kilroy, Development Coordinator, joined CUP in July 2021. She was born in Pennsylvania and moved to New York City to study economics and environmental studies at Fordham University. She also has a visual arts background and works part-time as a studio assistant for a Brooklyn-based painter. Prior to joining CUP, Emma worked in development at Brooklyn Academy of Music where she fundraised for a variety of arts and arts education programs. She is interested in the power of art to affect social change, and is excited to get to know and support the work of CUP’s community and design partners.

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Yasmin Safdié

Yasmin Safdié

Yasmin Renée Safdié is the Director of Programs at CUP. She is a radical social worker, ... more

Yasmin Safdié

Yasmin Renée Safdié is the Director of Programs at CUP. She is a radical social worker, community organizer and educator. Her work is grounded in an anti-oppressive framework, which seeks to ensure that those most affected by social issues are centered in movements for justice. For over a decade, she has worked on a range of social justice issues including: ending mass incarceration, anti-racism, and gender justice. Yasmin has extensive experience designing and facilitating anti-oppressive trainings and leadership development programs. Prior to CUP, Yasmin was the Senior Manager of Organizing and Advocacy at the New York City Anti-Violence Project where she worked to end violence against the LGBTQ community. Yasmin is currently an Adjunct Lecturer at Columbia University School of Social Work and CUNY Hunter College. She is a member leader and Board Member at Jews for Racial and Economic Justice, where she co-founded the Mizrahi Caucus, which organizes Arab/Middle Eastern/North African/Central Asian Jews. She received her M.S. in Social Work from Columbia University and her B.A. in History and Anthropology from McGill University. In her free time Yasmin loves to do ceramics and dance. 

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Stand Clear of the Rising Fares

Urban Investigations

Stand Clear of the Rising Fares

The Newtown Creek BOA

Technical Assistance

The Newtown Creek BOA

Grand Army Plaza

Urban Investigations

Grand Army Plaza

Bronx Be Well

Urban Investigations

Bronx Be Well

What Is Affordable Housing?

Envisioning Development

What Is Affordable Housing?

Not on Our Watch!

Making Policy Public

Not on Our Watch!

Ready, Set, Apply!

Technical Assistance

Ready, Set, Apply!

Our Voice, Our Choice

Urban Investigations

Our Voice, Our Choice