It's Not Just Personal

Making Policy Public

It's Not Just Personal

What's in the water?

Making Policy Public

What's in the water?

En El Campo De Los Impuestos

Making Policy Public

En El Campo De Los Impuestos

Our Voice, Our Choice

Urban Investigations

Our Voice, Our Choice

Space Jam

Urban Investigations

Space Jam

The Water Underground

Urban Investigations

The Water Underground

CUP Staff

Clair Beltran

Clair Beltran

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

Clair Beltran

Clair Beltran is CUP’s Program Assistant 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 is excited by 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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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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Ingrid  Haftel

Ingrid Haftel

Ingrid is the Community Education Program Director for CUP. Before CUP, she was Curator of Exhibitions at the Chicago ... more

Ingrid Haftel

Ingrid is the Community Education Program Director for CUP. Before CUP, she was Curator of Exhibitions at the Chicago Architecture Foundation (CAF), Chicago’s leading forum for the exchange of ideas on urban design. While at CAF, Ingrid developed major exhibitions that helped public audiences think critically about complex issues related to urban planning and architecture. Ingrid received her B.A. in English and Comparative History of Ideas from the University of Washington, and her M.A. in Humanities from the University of Chicago.

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Fielding Hong

Fielding Hong

Fielding is a Youth Education Program Manager at CUP. He has almost 10 years of experience as a youth educator working at ... more

Fielding Hong

Fielding is a Youth Education Program Manager at CUP. He has almost 10 years of experience as a youth educator working at the intersections of history, the arts, and social justice. Fielding has worked as both a high school history teacher in Philadelphia and a museum educator in New York. He holds a B.A. in Film Studies from Wesleyan University, a teaching degree from the University of Pennsylvania, and a Master’s in Culture and Gender Studies from Yonsei University in Seoul, South Korea. A born and bred Iowan, this country boy loves exploring urban wilds, borderlands, and the possibilities of thirdspace. He has made his home in the fight for the right to the city.

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Rebecca John

Rebecca John

Rebecca is CUP’s Development and Communications Assistant. She joins CUP after working with organizations building ... more

Rebecca John

Rebecca is CUP’s Development and Communications Assistant. She joins CUP after working with organizations building the power of working-class, immigrant communities in New York City. She is interested in the ways art, culture, and design play a critical role in instigating social change by building people’s capacities to engage with social issues, organizations, and movements from an individual to a mass level. She takes inspiration from the legacy of artists like Gayle Asali Dickson, Emory Douglas, and Rini Templeton who produced art and graphics for Black Liberation and Latin American movements for liberation.  She hopes to amplify CUP’s work creating tools that connect, inform, and activate communities impacted by systems of oppression to transform our world towards justice. In her free time, she is a creative writer, a pie-maker, an animal enthusiast, and a lover/collector of textiles from the Global South.

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Nick Johnson

Nick Johnson

Nick is CUP’s 2017 Change in Design Fellow. He is a graphic designer, illustrator, and typographer originally from ... more

Nick Johnson

Nick is CUP’s 2017 Change in Design Fellow. He is a graphic designer, illustrator, and typographer originally from Detroit, MI. He graduated with his BFA in Graphic Design from Western Michigan University. Before his work with CUP, Nick consulted with the Kalamazoo Black Arts and Cultural Center, Western Michigan University’s Special Education and Literacy program, and interned with the Frostic School of Visual Art. Nick’s goal is to use his skills as an artist and designer to help encourage learning, excellence, and community awareness.

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Oscar Nuñez

Oscar Nuñez

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

Oscar Nuñez

Oscar is 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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Frampton Tolbert

Frampton Tolbert

Frampton is CUP’s Deputy Director. For more than 20 years, he has worked in development and communications for ... more

Frampton Tolbert

Frampton is CUP’s Deputy Director. For more than 20 years, he has worked in development and communications for arts and architecture organizations. Previously he was the Deputy Director of the Historic Districts Council. He has received a New York State Council on the Arts grant and a James Marston Fitch Foundation Fellowship for his work examining vernacular modernism in the borough of Queens, and currently serves on several boards including Docomomo New York/Tri-State and Municipal Art Society’s Preservation Committee. Frampton holds a degree in historic preservation from the University of Mary Washington. 

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Mark Torrey

Mark Torrey

Mark Torrey is a Community Education Program Manager for CUP, working on Making Policy Public and the Envisioning ... more

Mark Torrey

Mark Torrey is a Community Education Program Manager for CUP, working on Making Policy Public and the Envisioning Development Toolkits. Previously he spent a good long while working as an Information Technology Specialist (computer guy) at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, but then decided to firm up his understanding of cities by getting a Masters in City and Regional Planning from Cornell University. He wears his pants in the Highwater fashion, which most of the CUP staff find to be ridiculous, but it keeps his pants from getting caught in the bike chain.

He has been a CUP staff member since 2011.

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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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Engage to Change

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Show Me the Money!

City Studies

Show Me the Money!

What Is Zoning?

Envisioning Development

What Is Zoning?

Common Cents

City Studies

Common Cents

Weathering the Storm

Technical Assistance

Weathering the Storm

Don't Get Iced

Public Access Design

Don't Get Iced

Engage to Change

Technical Assistance

Engage to Change

Know Your Lines

Making Policy Public

Know Your Lines