The Wait

Urban Investigations

The Wait

It's Not Just in Our Heads

Urban Investigations

It's Not Just in Our Heads

Puff Puff Passed

Urban Investigations

Puff Puff Passed

Meet the Gun Laws

City Studies

Meet the Gun Laws

The Public School Avengers

Urban Investigations

The Public School Avengers

Up Closed and Personal

Urban Investigations

Up Closed and Personal

Former Staff

Clara Amenyo

Clara Amenyo

Clara was the Program Manager for CUP’s Public Access Design program from 2012 to 2014. Before coming to CUP, she ... more

Clara Amenyo

Clara was the Program Manager for CUP’s Public Access Design program from 2012 to 2014. Before coming to CUP, she worked in Structured Credit for Barclays Capital. Clara has a Bachelor of the Arts from the University of Pennsylvania.

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 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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Ana Beirne

Ana Beirne

Ana Beirne is CUP’s Summer 2021 intern. Ana was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York and studies Human Environmental ... more

Ana Beirne

Ana Beirne is CUP’s Summer 2021 intern. Ana was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York and studies Human Environmental Geography at Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts. She is passionate about envisioning social change through artistic creativity, urban farming, and community-nurtured networks of care. In her spare time, you can find Ana making zines, riding the train, writing letters to friends, and playing with her bunny Momo.

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Hanna Blankenship

Hanna Blankenship

Hanna Blankenship is CUP’s Summer 2021 intern. Hanna is originally from Vermont and studies Law and Marketing at ... more

Hanna Blankenship

Hanna Blankenship is CUP’s Summer 2021 intern. Hanna is originally from Vermont and studies Law and Marketing at Champlain College in Burlington, Vermont. She’s interested in helping marginalized communities navigate the systems that hope to keep them silenced by amplifying their voices and needs. Utilizing both of her areas of studies, Hanna aspires to be someone who makes meaningful change in the communities around her. In her free time she enjoys reading, growing her collection of houseplants, and thrifting. She is very excited to be learning from for CUP as an intern this summer!

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Elijah Bobo

Elijah Bobo

Elijah Bobo was the 2019 CUP Fellow for Change in Design. He is from Flint, Michigan and is a recent graduate from Eastern ... more

Elijah Bobo

Elijah Bobo was the 2019 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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Alex Cabana

Alex Cabana

Alex is a designer and arts educator. Since receiving her BA in Architecture from UC Berkeley, she has continued to seek ... more

Alex Cabana

Alex is a designer and arts educator. Since receiving her BA in Architecture from UC Berkeley, she has continued to seek opportunities that allow her to integrate her background in education, architecture, dance, art, and culture to engage deeply in embodied modes of learning, knowing, and making. At CUP, she is so excited to support programming that aligns with her experience in community-based education and interest in the built environment. Specifically, she hopes to learn more about CUP’s methods for facilitating meaningful connections between designers, the public, and other policy stakeholders.

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Pema Domingo-Barker

Pema Domingo-Barker

Pema was CUP’s Program Assistant for youth education programs. She previously worked at the Queens Museum and was a ... more

Pema Domingo-Barker

Pema was CUP’s Program Assistant for youth education programs. She previously worked at the Queens Museum and was a Public Allies New York fellow. Pema grew up in Bangkok and went on to study art at the University of Washington and the University of the Arts London.

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Ingrid  Haftel

Ingrid Haftel

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

Ingrid Haftel

Ingrid was 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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Codi Haigney

Codi Haigney

Codi was CUP’s 2018-2019 Public Ally. She holds a BA in Feminist & Gender Studies from Colorado College. She ... more

Codi Haigney

Codi was CUP’s 2018-2019 Public Ally. She holds a BA in Feminist & Gender Studies from Colorado College. She is excited to learn more about design as a tool for social change and community development. Codi interned and continues to work with the Parole Preparation Project, an organization that provides advocacy and direct support to currently and formerly incarcerated people and seeks to transform the parole release process in New York State. 

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Christy Herbes

Christy Herbes

Christy is CUP’s Youth Education Program Director. Before CUP, she worked at Brooklyn Community Arts & Media ... more

Christy Herbes

Christy is CUP’s Youth Education Program Director. Before CUP, she worked at Brooklyn Community Arts & Media High School, a small public school dedicated to empowering youth through an art, media, and technology-enriched curriculum. There, she was a founding staff member and the Art Department Chair. During her 9 years as a classroom educator, Christy worked with youth to use art as a critical thinking tool, engaging them with local and global issues. Christy holds a Masters in Art Education from NYU and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Guilford College.

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Gisselle Hernández

Gisselle Hernández

Gisselle Hernández is a 21-year-old who is a proud queer Chicana that was born and raised in Little Village, ... more

Gisselle Hernández

Gisselle Hernández is a 21-year-old who is a proud queer Chicana that was born and raised in Little Village, Chicago. She is currently studying at the Trinity/ La MaMa Program in NYC and is focusing on visual arts and social justice. Within her artistic work, themes of healing and growth are always prominent. As a daughter of immigrants, Gisselle’s goal in life is to give back to her communities by opening her own art programs that will provide resources for BIPOC, LGBTQ+, and migrant youth to uplift them and give them the artistic means to heal. When searching for an internship, she found that CUP was the perfect fit for her as we use design and art to contribute to meaningful social change within marginalized by meeting their needs.

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Deja Holden

Deja Holden

Deja was the Design Assistant at CUP. She received her BFA from Parsons School of Design in Communication Design and her BA ... more

Deja Holden

Deja was the Design Assistant at CUP. She received her BFA from Parsons School of Design in Communication Design and her BA from Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts in Political Science. She is interested in design as a tool for demystifing public policy, and its role as a vehicle for broader civic engagement. 

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Sam Holleran

Sam Holleran

Is an artist, designer, and writer. Sam was CUP’s Communications Coordinator from 2011 to 2014. He attended the the ... more

Sam Holleran

Is an artist, designer, and writer. Sam was CUP’s Communications Coordinator from 2011 to 2014. He attended the the Cooper Union where he was the recipient of the Herb Lubalin Fellowship for Typography and the Benjamin Menschel Fellowship for Creative Inquiry. Sam has worked extensively in printmaking; his fields of interest include: photogravure, letterpress, Ukiyo-e, and silkscreen.

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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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Rebecca John

Rebecca John

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

Rebecca John

Rebecca was 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 Johnson is a Brooklyn based Graphic Designer and former CUP Fellow for Change in Design. Originally from Detroit ... more

Nick Johnson

Nick Johnson is a Brooklyn based Graphic Designer and former CUP Fellow for Change in Design. Originally from Detroit Michigan, Nick Studied at Western Michigan University where he received his BFA in Graphic Design. Nick moved to New York in pursuit of new skills, challenges, and experience in order to better prepare him for helping to solve complex problems in all capacities as both a designer and community member.

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John Mangin

John Mangin

John Mangin is a construction manager and housing litigator at Fair Share Housing, an affordable housing developer ... more

John Mangin

John Mangin is a construction manager and housing litigator at Fair Share Housing, an affordable housing developer that grew out of the Mount Laurel exclusionary housing cases in the 70’s and 80’s. He was formerly a homebuilder and continues to take building and furniture-making jobs out of his Philadelphia studio. He graduated from Yale Law School in 2008. He was one of three staff members at CUP from 2008 to 2010.  

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Lize Mogel

Lize Mogel

Lize Mogel is an artist who works with the interstices between art and cultural geography. She has mapped public parks in ... more

Lize Mogel

Lize Mogel is an artist who works with the interstices between art and cultural geography. She has mapped public parks in Los Angeles, future territorial disputes in the Arctic, and wastewater economies in NYC. She is co-editor of the book/map collection “An Atlas of Radical Cartography”. Her individual and collaborative work has been shown internationally including at the Sharjah and Pittsburgh Biennials, in “Greater New York” and “Experimental Geography”. She is also a grantwriter and development consultant, fundraising for art and social justice organizations for almost a decade. She has worked for CUP since August 2005.

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Valeria Mogilevich

Valeria Mogilevich

Valeria is a visual storyteller who creates tools for participation in collaboration with social justice organizations. She ... more

Valeria Mogilevich

Valeria is a visual storyteller who creates tools for participation in collaboration with social justice organizations. She also consults with cultural institutions, education non-profits, and others on community engagement and youth education. Valeria was formerly the Deputy Director of CUP, where over the course of eight years she created popular education tools with community-based organizations and developed curricula to help public high school students change the way the see their own neighborhoods. She has shared her thoughts on project-based learning, collaboration, and design for social impact at places like the New Museum, the Cooper-Hewitt, Pratt Institute, and institutions from Indianapolis to Rotterdam. Valeria holds a Bachelor of Arts from Brown University in Modern Culture and Media.

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The Who in the Q!

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The Who in the Q!

Block Party

City Studies

Block Party

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