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.
Ian Adelman is Director of Digital Design at The New York Times, leading the team of world-class designers and user experience professionals responsible for the Times’s digital experiences. Previously, he was the Director of Design and User Experience at New York Magazine, a consultant in digital product design and business innovation, and founding art director of Slate.com. Ian graduated with a BFA in Industrial Design at the Rhode Island School of Design.close
Shana Agid is an artist, teacher, writer, and activist whose work focuses on relationships of power and difference, particularly regarding sexuality, race, and gender in visual and political cultures. Agid is an Assistant Professor of Arts, Media, and Communication at Parsons the New School for Design where he teaches book arts, collaborative design, and service design. She has an MFA in Printmaking and Book Arts and an MA in Visual and Critical Studies from California College of the Arts. He is on the Editorial Board of Radical Teacher.close
Mizue Aizeki is the Deputy Director of Immigrant Defense Project, promoting fundamental fairness for immigrants accused or convicted of crimes. She has focuses on local and state advocacy efforts to end collaboration between local law enforcement and ICE and to minimize the immigration consequences of contact with the criminal legal system. She has over fifteen years experience in organizing around workers’ rights, racial justice, and immigrant rights. She is also a photographer whose work has appeared in Dying to Live, A Story of U.S. Immigration in an Age of Global Apartheid, published by City Lights Books in 2008.close
Amid Amidi is the award-winning author of numerous books about contemporary and classic animated filmmaking, including the essential “Cartoon Modern: Style and Design in Fifties Animation” and “The Art of Pixar: The Complete Color Scripts and Select Art from 25 Years of Animation.” He is the editor-in-chief of the influential industry website cartoonbrew.com. In addition to writing extensively about the animation art form, he lectures at studios, schools and festivals internationally. He lives in Brooklyn.close
Jake Barton is principal and Founder of Local Projects, which is creating the media design for the 9/11 Memorial Museum, StoryCorps, Change By Us, and the Frank Gehry designed Eisenhower Presidential Memorial. Local Projects has visited the White House three-times as a National Design Award finalist, and was named the second most innovative design firm by Fast Company for its use of technology to redefine urban spaces and emotional storytelling. Jake is recognized as a leader in the field of interaction design for physical spaces, and in the creation of collaborative storytelling projects where participants generate content. Current clients include the BMW Guggenheim Lab, Seaworld, Microsoft, Google, Cleveland Museum of Art, and the National Museum of African-American History and Culture.close
Eddie Bautista is an award-winning community organizer and urban planner who currently serves as the Executive Director of the NYC Environmental Justice Alliance (NYC-EJA), an umbrella network of community-based organizations in low-income communities of color throughout the City. From 2006 to 2010, Eddie served as Director of the Mayor’s Office of City Legislative Affairs. As Director, Eddie spearheaded efforts to pass several major pieces of legislation, including the City‚Äôs 20-year landmark Solid Waste Management Plan. Previously, Eddie was the Director of Community Planning for NY Lawyers for the Public Interest (NYLPI), where he served as the lobbying/communications/community organizing director for this non-profit civil rights law firm. At NYLPI, Eddie organized numerous grassroots coalitions and campaigns, including the Organization of Waterfront Neighborhoods (OWN) and Communities United for Responsible Energy (CURE). Eddie has a B.A. from N.Y.U., an M.S. in City and Regional Planning from Pratt Institute and was a Revson Fellow at Columbia University. In 2003, Eddie was among 17 national winners of the Ford Foundation‚Äôs Leadership for a Changing World awards. Eddie is also a Visiting Professor at Pratt Institute‚ Graduate Center for Planning and the Environment.
Eddie was a MPP juror.close
Vicki Been is the Boxer Family Professor of Law at New York University and the Director of Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy. She is at the cutting edge of legal scholarship in land use, urban policy, and housing. Been writes about land use and housing policy, the Fifth Amendment’s takings clause, environmental justice, and fair housing. She is the co-author of a leading land use casebook, Land Use Controls, with Robert Ellickson, Rick Hills and Christopher Serkin. Been’s current research focuses on the public policy aspects of the mortgage finance crisis, the effect of the housing crisis on Black and Latino families, the role of zoning and other regulations in shaping development patterns, and historic preservation. In February 2012, the Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy, which Been co-directs, was named a recipient of the MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions in recognition of the Furman Center’s excellence in providing objective, policy-relevant research to address the challenges facing neighborhoods in New York City and across the nation.close
Charles M. Blow is The New York Times’s visual Op-Ed columnist. Mr. Blow joined The New York Times in 1994 as a graphics editor and quickly became the paper’s graphics director, a position he held for nine years. In that role, he led The Times to a best-in-show award from the Society of News Design for the Times’s information graphics coverage of 9/11, the first time the award had been given for graphics coverage. He also led the paper to its first two best-in-show awards from the Malofiej International Infographics Summit for work that included coverage of the Iraq war. Mr. Blow went on to become the paper’s Design Director for News before leaving in 2006 to become the Art Director of National Geographic Magazine.
Charles was an MPP juror.close
Claudia Calhoon is the Director of Health Advocacy at New York Immigration Coalition, leading development and execution of city and state campaigns to improve health access, coverage, and delivery for immigrant communities. She has provided leadership to a diverse array of public health and non-profit settings including the Bellevue/NYU Program for Survivors of Torture, the Open Society Foundations and as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Cuenca, Ecuador. Claudia is currently enrolled in the Doctorate of Public Health Program at CUNY Graduate Center. She received a MPH from the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University and a BA in American History from Earlham College.close
Liz Danzico is part designer, part educator, and part editor. In her practice, she cultivates strategic design and user-centered programs through collaborative methods in education, in digital design, and in technology to foster positive change. She is co-founder and chair of theMFA in Interaction Design Program at the School of Visual Arts. She is an independent consultant, working with businesses on design, planning, and execution of short- and long-term digital programs for global companies and nonprofit organizations. She is advisor to startups, nonprofits, and global companies alike and frequent lecturer. She has written for design-minded publications, including Eye Magazine, Fortune Magazine, Interactions Magazine, and writes part of her time at bobulate.com.close
Omar Freilla has been named one of “The New School of Activists Most Likely to change New York City” by City Limits magazine (2000). Raised in the South Bronx, where he continues to live, he has gained international recognition as an outspoken environmental justice activist who has dedicated himself to seeking solutions to the disproportionate environmental impacts faced by low-income communities of color. He is the founder and director of Green Worker Cooperatives (GWC), an organization dedicated to the creation of worker-owned and environmentally friendly businesses in the South Bronx. Through GWC, he is working to develop ReBuilders Source, the first worker-cooperative reuse center for building materials that will help create a new generation of “green collar” jobs and help reduce the generation and export of waste. His writing on community opposition to transportation racism in New York City was published in 2004 by South End Press in the book “Highway Robbery: Transportation Racism and New Routes to Equity” edited by Robert Bullard. Omar has received numerous awards for his work including the Open Society Institute’s New York City Community Fellowship, the Union Square Award for grassroots activists, the Environmental Leadership Program fellowship, and the Jane Jacobs Medal for New Ideas and Activism. He has also been featured in the 2007 environmental documentary “The 11th Hour” produced by Leonardo DiCaprio.
Omar was an MPP juror.close
Priscilla González has over 10 years of experience working to build power among immigrant communities of color in NYC. Until 2012, she had the honor to serve as the Executive Director of Domestic Workers United, bringing the historic fight for the nation’s first Domestic Workers Bill of Rights to a close and successfully transitioning DWU into a full-fledged, independent organization. Recently, she joined another historic and high-profile campaign, working for real police reform inNYC. Priscilla is a graduate of Barnard College and the London School of Economics. She is the proud daughter of a fierce South American immigrant woman who taught her the values of justice and struggle.close
Ligia Guallpa is Executive Director of Worker’s Justice Project (WJP), a New York-based immigrant workers’ rights organization that is winning better working conditions for low-wage immigrant workers. At WJP, Ligia has spearheaded efforts to ensure safe and dignified jobs for NYC’s 2,000 day laborers, construction workers, and domestic workers. Through her leadership, WJP played a key role in building alternative economic and organizing models to transform the conditions for female day laborers in the house cleaning industry and enforce higher wages and safety standards in the post Hurricane Sandy reconstruction. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Nation, and The New York Daily News.close
Tomer Hanuka is an illustrator and a cartoonist based in New York City. He works on a range of projects for magazines, book publishers, ad agencies and film studios. His Clients include The New Yorker, D.C comics, Nike and Microsoft. He has won multiple gold medals from the Society of Illustrators and the Society of Publication designers, and was showcased in Print magazine and American Illustration. In 2008 a book cover he created won the British Design Museum award as part of the Penguin Classics Deluxe Editions. Waltz With Bashir, an animated documentary for which Tomer contributed art, was nominated for an Oscar in 2009, and won the Golden Globe that same year. He is currently developing an animated series for Canal Plus and working on a graphic novel for First Second.
Tomer was a MPP juror.close
Adriene Holder serves as Attorney-in-Charge of the Civil Practice of The Legal Aid Society, and is responsible for managing the provision of comprehensive civil legal services through a network of 25 neighborhood offices courthouse based offices, and specialized city-wide units serving all five boroughs of New York City for the oldest and largest provider of legal services for low income individuals and families in the United States. The Civil Practice works on over 43,000 civil matters yearly. In addition to her formal duties, Adriene also serves as an executive member on several boards, is actively involved with not-for-profits, and in 2002 was appointed by Mayor Michael Bloomberg to serve as a Tenant Representative on the New York City Rent Guidelines Board.close
Raj Kottamasu is an artist, designer and urban planner. His work includes animation, print & web design, illustration, design research and cultural programming for organizations including The Architectural League of New York, Public Policy Lab, The Participatory Budgeting Project, and the NYC Department of Parks & Recreation. Raj also currently teaches Information Graphics in the Programs for Sustainable Planning & Development at Pratt Institute. He served as a Public Access Design Fellow in 2012, producing the animated video ‘Work Forced’ in collaboration with CUP and Damayan Migrant Workers Association. He holds a Master’s degree in City Planning, with a certificate in Urban Design, from MIT. rajworks.comclose
Prem Krishnamurthy is a principle of the graphic design studio Project Projects and teaches design at the University of Connecticut.
He served on the 2012 Making Policy Public jury.close
Katie Lee is a graphic designer working in print, interactive, and motion design and co-founder of DOME. She began working as a print designer for Shapiro Design Associates in New York, then as a web designer for Razorfish in its New York and San Francisco offices. In 2004, she moved to Los Angeles where she worked for Brand Integration Group/Ogilvy & Mather, ReVerb, and Prologue Films. Lee was a Creative Director at Local Projects where she designed interactive experiences for museums, cultural institutions, and public spaces from 2007 to 2014. She holds a BA in art from Yale College and an MFA in graphic design from the Yale University School of Art. katielee.info
DOME is working with CUP on the ULURP Envisioning Development Toolkit.close
Sheila Levrant de Bretteville, Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in Graphic Design at Yale University School of Art, received a BA in art history from Barnard College, Columbia University and a MFA in the graphic design area of study at Yale University School of Art, as well as honorary doctorates from California College of the Arts and Moore College of Art. She is on the first list of 40 honored as the most influential people in design by I-D, and in 2004 Sheila was awarded the American Institute of Graphic Arts gold medal awarded since 1920 to individuals who have set standards of excellence over a lifetime of work. Her award winning print graphics are in the special collections of museums and libraries here and abroad as are her site-specific public artworks. Whether in print or permanent materials, Sheila specializes in the inclusion of local populations and multiple perspectives in her work.
Sheila was a MPP juror.close
Sarah Ludwig is the Co-Director of the Neighborhood Economic Development Advocacy Project, a leading advocate on community equity and financial justice issues. Since founding NEDAP in 1995, she has worked with hundreds of grassroots groups to develop local organizing and advocacy strategies to address redlining and lending discrimination. Sarah co-leads New Yorkers for Responsible Lending, a state-wide coalition of more than 140 community and consumer groups and community financial institutions dedicated to combating predatory lending practices. Sarah was a 2000 fellow in the Rockefeller Foundation’s Next Generation Leadership Program, and in 2002 received the Union Square Award. In 2004, she was selected as a Ford Foundation Leadership for a Changing World awardee. Sarah recently completed a 3-year term on the Federal Reserve Board’s Consumer Advisory Council, and serves on the boards of directors of the Consumer Federation of America and North Star Fund. In December 2008, she received New York Lawyers for the Public Interest’s Felix A. Fishman Award, for “her exceptional service on behalf of low income communities.”
Sarah was a prior MPP juror and is currently working with CUP on the MPP about Banks on the Fringe.close