CUP’s core staff supports the organization from day to day, but CUP projects are designed and implemented by teams of artists, designers, educators, activists, and researchers.
Jason Anderson, one of CUP’s co-founders, is an architectural designer in New York City. Originally from Seattle, Jason has worked and taught in New York and Beijing, where he lived for four years after being awarded the Henry Luce Scholarship in 2005. Jason holds a Master of Architecture from Princeton University and a Bachelor of Arts from Columbia University. Jason served on CUP’s board and as Treasurer from 1997-2006. He continues to be a supporter and a huge fan.close
AJ Blandford is a former co-founding CUP board member. As a designer/builder she has worked together with artists including robbinschilds,
AL Steiner, Fritz Haeg, Shannon Ebner, Manfred Pernice, and Davide Balula. She is currently a doctoral student in the History program at
Rutgers University where she studies the cultural history of 19th century American arts and sciences.
Joshua Breitbart is the Director of Field Operations for the New America Foundation’s Open Technology Institute. Through participatory media, collaborative design, and open source tools, OTI and its partners are building an Internet that people can shape to meet their needs and dreams. In his job, Josh uses the lessons he has learned as a founding board member of CUP and as a collaborator on projects like “The Internet is Serious Business” and “What the Cell?"close
Stella Bugbee is a creative director specializing in identity and publication design. Studio projects might range from logos, web sites and books, to self-published projects and collaborations. In addition to running her studio she teaches Advanced Publication Design to seniors in the degree program at Parsons School of Design. Prior to founding a company of her own in the summer of 2005, Stella founded Honest with Cary Murnion and Jon Milott while the three were attending Parsons School of Design. After five years at Honest, she left to work for The New York Times Magazine and then went on to be a Design Director with the Brand Integration Group at Ogilvy and Mather.close
Sarah Dadush, a CUP co-founder, is a lawyer currently serving as legal counsel at the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) in Rome, Italy. She is also a member of the Rome-based faculty of Loyola University Chicago, where she teaches a class on the Architecture of International Development. Her research explores the legal, economic, and political dimensions of marketizing philanthropy and the growing field of social investing.close
Laura Hansen is the Executive Director of Neighborhood Plaza Partnership, a new initiative of the Horticultural Society of New York, providing resources and assistance to neighborhood plaza managers across New York City. From 2003 to 2013, Ms. Hansen served as Director of the City Life Program for The J. M. Kaplan Fund where she was responsible for awarding grants to non-profit organizations working to improve the common infrastructure of public life: the parks, waterfronts, plazas, and streets of New York City. As a co-founder of Place Matters (a project of the Municipal Art Society and City Lore), Ms. Hansen helped pioneer a multi-disciplinary approach to documenting and preserving the city’s cultural landscape.close
Julie Hertzog is Executive Director of the Affordable Housing Investors Council, an association of companies that invest in the US housing tax credit. Prior to joining AHIC, she was Chief Operating Officer for Seedco; Amnesty International of the USA; and The After-School Corporation. She also served as Program Director for the New York City office of the Local Initiatives Support Corporation, overseeing $100 million in annual investments in community development projects and the asset management of over $850 million in investments in affordable housing. Julie joined the Board of CUP in 2010 and became Treasurer in 2011.close
Suzanne Menghraj teaches writing in NYU’s Liberal Studies Program, where her courses emphasize the imaginative possibilities of critical reading and writing. Prior to joining NYU’s faculty, Suzanne taught at Columbia University, and served as director of its Writing Center, as well as assistant director of its Undergraduate Writing Program. She has also worked for the Vera Institute of Justice, where her research focused on reentry programs for incarcerated and formerly incarcerated parents. Suzanne is a contributing writer for Guernica and is at work on a book of essays on art, as well as experimental translations of French interventionist criticism. She served on CUP’s board from 2008-2009.close
Damon Rich is a designer, artist, and the founder of CUP. In his exhibitions, graphic works, and events, sometimes produced in collaboration with young people and community-based organizations, Rich creates fantastical spaces for imagining the physical and social transformation of the world. His work represented the United States at the 2008 Venice Architecture Biennale, and has been exhibited at PS 1 Contemporary Art Center, Storefront for Art and Architecture, the Canadian Centre for Architecture, and the Netherlands Architecture Institute. In 1997, he founded CUP, and was Executive Director for 10 years. Damon currently serves as the Urban Designer for the City of Newark, New Jersey, where he leads design efforts with public and private actors to improve the city’s public spaces.close
Kate Rubin is Director of Policy & Community Development at The Bronx Defenders, a holistic public defender office in the South Bronx. She leads the office’s legislative and administrative advocacy activities and partnerships with community based organizations. She also manages Reentry Net/NY, an online resource center that helps individuals and advocates navigate the consequences of arrest, criminal convictions, and incarceration. Kate’s prior experience is in education and supporting grassroots organizing campaigns that fight for criminal justice reform and accountable in economic development. She holds a BA in history from Cornell University and served on the board of CUP from 2006 to 2012.close
Victoria Shire has over 20 years of experience mobilizing public, private and philanthropic investments to advance community, neighborhood and organizational development. She is the Chief Program Officer at Big Brothers Big Sisters of New York City, where she leads and develops programs that reach over 3,000 youth each year. Victoria holds an MPA from Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service at New York University and a BA in philosophy from Wittenberg University. She lives in Harlem with her husband, daughter, and son, and has never given up on the Chicago Cubs. Victoria joined the CUP board in 2012.close
Stacey Sutton is an Assistant Professor of Urban Planning at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation (GSAPP), and the Founding Director of the Community & Capital Action Research Lab (C2ARL). Stacey’s research and teaching engages questions broadly related to social, economic and spatial equity within cities. More specifically, Stacey examines local economic development concerns, retail landscapes, neighborhood change and community planning processes with a strong New York City focus. Stacey joined the CUP Board in 2011 and hopes to expand the CUP methodology within the academy.close
Althea Wasow is a filmmaker and a Ph.D. student in Film & Media and Critical Theory at UC Berkeley. Her research focuses on the intersection of media transition, theories of racial difference, and crime. “the wannabe,” a film she wrote and directed, won Best Short at HBO’s New York International Latino Film Festival. Her work also includes “The Whole World Revolved Around Her,” featuring Wangechi Mutu, and has screened at national and international film festivals, the Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston, the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, the Queens Museum of Art, and other institutions. Althea has collaborated on documentary films, museum exhibitions, photography books, and multimedia projects including: “For All the World to See: Visual Culture and the Struggle for Civil Rights” (media researcher & consultant), “An American Index of the Hidden and Unfamiliar” (co-writer & senior editor), "Rikers High" (co-producer), “The Autobiography of Malcolm X Multimedia Study Environment” (assistant editor), “The Innocents” (producer & project editor), and “The Mark of Cain” (associate producer). Althea is a co-founder of the Center for Urban Pedagogy (CUP) and served on its board of directors for nearly ten years.close