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What You Need To Know About ACS

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Parents' Rights During COVID-19

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Parents' Rights During COVID-19

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Welcome to Health Care!

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Welcome to Health Care!

CUP Staff

 Analiese Barnes-Classen

Analiese Barnes-Classen

Analiese is CUP’s Development Coordinator. She was born and raised in Roxbury and now lives in Brooklyn. Prior to ... more

Analiese Barnes-Classen

Analiese is CUP’s Development Coordinator. She was born and raised in Roxbury and now lives in Brooklyn. Prior to joining CUP, she managed arts education programs at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston. Before that role, she worked in development and programming at various nonprofits in the Boston area, including OneGoal Massachusetts and the Boston Women’s Workforce Council. She holds a BA from Providence College in Public and Community Service Studies. Outside of work, she enjoys tending to her houseplants, playing Breath of the Wild, and taking long walks (seriously.)

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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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Elijah Bobo

Elijah Bobo

Elijah Bobo is the CUP Fellow for Change in Design. He is from Flint, Michigan and is a recent graduate from Eastern ... more

Elijah Bobo

Elijah Bobo is the CUP Fellow for Change in Design. He is from Flint, Michigan and is a recent graduate from Eastern Michigan University with a BFA in Graphic Design. With his time at Eastern he worked for many on-campus organizations such as the Center for Diversity and Community Involvement, the Undergraduate Research Symposium, and the School of Art and Design, organizations that use their platforms to promote inclusivity, research, and culture. Elijah wants to take what he has learned about critical thinking and creative problem solving to apply them to issues that are impacting the communities where he grew up, and where he has recently relocated, New York City.

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Amanda  Finuccio

Amanda Finuccio

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

Amanda Finuccio

Amanda 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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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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Fielding Hong

Fielding Hong

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

Fielding Hong

Fielding is a Youth Education Program Manager at CUP. He has over 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. 

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 Rajan Hoyle

Rajan Hoyle

Rajan Hoyle is a Project Manager (Contractor) at CUP. Born in Los Angeles and raised in Long Beach, California, Rajan is an ... more

Rajan Hoyle

Rajan Hoyle is a Project Manager (Contractor) at CUP. Born in Los Angeles and raised in Long Beach, California, Rajan is an urbanist, a geographer and a multimedia storyteller. Rajan previously worked for the City of Long Beach where he wrote policy on digital inclusion, led community engagement and project managed creative placemaking initiatives. He has also directed a year-long participatory GIS mapping project with Garifuna youth in rural, coastal communities in Honduras. His research interests are at the intersection of spatial analysis, ethnography and participatory planning in marginalized communities. Rajan holds a BA in Urban Studies from UC Berkeley and is a Master in City Planning candidate at MIT.

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Siyona Ravi

Siyona Ravi

Siyona is CUP’s Program & Communications Assistant. Before joining CUP, she worked on advocacy projects for the ... more

Siyona Ravi

Siyona is CUP’s Program & Communications Assistant. Before joining CUP, she worked on advocacy projects for the LGBTQ branch of the Durbar, a sex workers’ labor union in Kolkata, and more recently, for Fundred Project, a creative campaign to end childhood lead poisoning, and No Longer Empty. She is a recent graduate of the University of Pennsylvania where she received a BA in Visual Studies. She was born in Bangalore, grew up in Chicago, and now lives Crown Heights, where you can find her making a mess in the kitchen or caring for her beloved ficus, Eugene. 

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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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Whitney Thomas

Whitney Thomas

Whitney is one of CUP’s Fall 2020 interns. She is from Chicago, IL and attends Stanford University where she majors ... more

Whitney Thomas

Whitney is one of CUP’s Fall 2020 interns. She is from Chicago, IL and attends Stanford University where she majors in Urban Studies with a concentration in Urban Society and Social Change. She’s interested in dismantling systems of inequality found in urban environments and aims to center marginalized voices and communities in her academic and professional careers. Whitney is excited to intern with CUP this fall!

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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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Annie Tor

Annie Tor

Annie is one of CUP’s fall 2020 interns. Originally from the Bay Area, she studies Engineering and Design at Olin ... more

Annie Tor

Annie is one of CUP’s fall 2020 interns. Originally from the Bay Area, she studies Engineering and Design at Olin College in Massachusetts. She’s interested in exploring how art and design can help people understand different realities, as well as how we experience technology and its role in our world. She aims to create things that prioritize people. In her spare time, she can be found making clothes, writing letters, and slowly cultivating a mullet. She’s very excited to be learning from and working with CUP!

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Sucharitha Yelimeli

Sucharitha Yelimeli

Sucharitha Yelimeli is CUP’s Program Coordinator. She hails from Northern California, and has a background in ... more

Sucharitha Yelimeli

Sucharitha Yelimeli is CUP’s Program Coordinator. She hails from Northern California, and has a background in architecture, art, and teaching. Before coming to CUP she designed single-family homes and before that, was an art teacher. She’s interested in how people respond to design, especially at the city scale, and likes taking seemingly unapproachable ideas and making them friendlier. Some things she enjoys doing on the side are getting lost in a good book, making very intricate coffee cup doodles, and trying to win the affection of street cats.

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The Fresh Producers

Urban Investigations

The Fresh Producers

Rent, Rights, and Repairs

Public Access Design

Rent, Rights, and Repairs

What Up With DAT?

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Figuring Out Health Insurance

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Figuring Out Health Insurance

Is Your Neighborhood Getting Too Expensive?

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Shine a Light on Your Utility Rights

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Shine a Light on Your Utility Rights

It's Not Just Personal

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It's Not Just Personal

The Deciders

City Studies

The Deciders