Voice Recognition

Urban Investigations

Voice Recognition

Block Party

City Studies

Block Party

What Is Affordable Housing?

Envisioning Development

What Is Affordable Housing?

Social Security Risk Machine

Making Policy Public

Social Security Risk Machine

The Water Underground

Urban Investigations

The Water Underground

Step Right Up

City Studies

Step Right Up

Board Members

Ariel Fausto

Ariel Fausto

is a partner at the nationally-recognized design firm H3 Hardy Collaboration Architecture.  As a design leader ... more

Ariel Fausto

is a partner at the nationally-recognized design firm H3 Hardy Collaboration Architecture.  As a design leader specializing in architecture for the arts, culture and public space, Ariel is interested in design that connects people to the arts, their community and each other.  From Lincoln Center Theater’s new LCT3 to a new maritime museum in Biloxi Mississippi, Ariel spearheads some of the firm’s most ambitious projects.  He studied Environmental Design as an undergraduate at Texas A&M University, and went on to receive a Masters of Architecture from MIT.

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Julie Hertzog

Julie Hertzog

Julie Hertzog is Executive Director of the Affordable Housing Investors Council, an association of companies that invest in ... more

Julie Hertzog

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.

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Anisa Keith

Anisa Keith

Anisa is a Managing Director at BRP Companies, which specializes in green, urban, multi-family housing in the NY Tri-State ... more

Anisa Keith

Anisa is a Managing Director at BRP Companies, which specializes in green, urban, multi-family housing in the NY Tri-State area. In this capacity she is responsible for the development and expansion of BRP’s relationships with institutional investors. She joined the firm from Mumbai-based Khambatta Securities where she was Head of Global Sales for the firm’s Institutional Brokerage Group and worked on placements of real estate investment vehicles for the Tata Group (India’s largest conglomerate). She has 15 years of experience in the financial services sector, mainly as an analyst and sector fund manager with the $400 billion pension and insurance company, TIAA-CREF. Ms. Keith has held CFO and COO roles at two NY-based service companies, for one of which she also directed new business activities, including an expansion into the Mid-East/Gulf region. Additionally, as an independent consultant, she has provided advisory services to financial companies. Ms. Keith started her professional career as an analyst at Booz Allen and Hamilton.

Ms. Keith received her MBA from Columbia Business School in New York City and her Bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University in Washington, DC.

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Aaron Koffman

Aaron Koffman

is Director of Affordable Housing at The Hudson Companies, Inc. and has over 12 years of experience in real estate ... more

Aaron Koffman

is Director of Affordable Housing at The Hudson Companies, Inc. and has over 12 years of experience in real estate development, finance and public policy. He has helped Hudson develop almost 600,000 SF of mixed-use real estate and over 500,000 watts of solar photo-voltaics – including the largest solar panel system on a residential building in New York State (Dumont Green).  Aaron has appeared in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and as a guest on the CUNY-based TV show, The Michael Stoler Report. In July 2012, Dumont Green received the National Grid Energy Efficiency Award from the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce.

In addition to serving as a Trustee of Achievement First schools, on the Board of NYSAFAH and on the Board of Enterprise Foundation’s Gotham Society, Aaron is an Adjunct Professor of Affordable Housing Finance at NYU. Aaron is a diehard Lakers fan who received a Masters of City Planning degree from MIT and a BA in Economics from the UC Berkeley.

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Sam Marks

Sam Marks

Sam Marks was born and raised in New York City.  After graduating from Brown University, Sam founded Summerbridge at ... more

Sam Marks

Sam Marks was born and raised in New York City.  After graduating from Brown University, Sam founded Summerbridge at The Town School, an educational enrichment program for motivated NYC public school students (now called Breakthrough New York). He received a Masters in Public Policy & Urban Planning from the Harvard Kennedy School and then worked at WHEDCo in the South Bronx as their housing development guy.  He currently works at the Deutsche Bank Americas Foundation, where he deploys community development grants, loans, and investments, and gets to dabble in some arts & culture and education stuff as well.  He joined CUP’s board in 2011.

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Damon Rich

Damon Rich

Damon Rich is a designer, artist, and the founder of CUP. In his exhibitions, graphic works, and events, sometimes produced ... more

Damon Rich

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.

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Victoria Shire

Victoria Shire

Victoria has 20 years of experience mobilizing public, private and philanthropic investments to advance community, ... more

Victoria Shire

Victoria has 20 years of experience mobilizing public, private and philanthropic investments to advance community, neighborhood and organizational development. At Enterprise Community Partners, she provides strategic direction and leadership nationally to address the needs of low-income seniors, homeless families and individuals and others who benefit from a housing-with-services approach. She is currently developing a new national initiative to improve housing stability through the better coordination of health care and housing. 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 in the Chicago Cubs.

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David Smiley

David Smiley

David Smiley teaches architectural design and urban history at the Graduate School of Architecture Planning and ... more

David Smiley

David Smiley teaches architectural design and urban history at the Graduate School of Architecture Planning and Preservation at Columbia University. His research and teaching focus on the ways the discipline of architecture overlaps with planning, policy, preservation, finance and community-based initiatives. His book, Pedestrian Modern: American Architecture and Shopping, 1925-1956, (Minnesota, 2013) examines how architects joined modernist design and planning ideas with new programs and scales of retailing. Smiley has organized conferences on the use of public spaces and streets in New York City and has written about malls, urban design and suburban housing. He previously taught at Barnard College were he organized symposia including “Rights of Way” in 2009 and “Moving Toward Utopia” in 2010, at which invited planners, architects, community advocates and public officials examined bikeways and other changes to public space in the NYC. Previous publications include Redressing the Mall: Sprawl and Public Space in Suburbia (2002) and Hell’s Kitchen South: Developing Strategies (2001). David is a member and the Chair of CUP’s Board.

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Dan Wiley

Dan Wiley

Dan Wiley is a Community Coordinator for a Congressperson in southwest Brooklyn and teaches part time at Columbia ... more

Dan Wiley

Dan Wiley is a Community Coordinator for a Congressperson in southwest Brooklyn and teaches part time at Columbia University GSAPP fall urban design studio.  Working in the Congressional office since 2000, he has coordinated planning projects and initiatives spanning communities from downtown Brooklyn southwest to Red Hook, Gowanus and Sunset Park.  Prior to that, he served as Education Coordinator at Brooklyn Center for the Urban Environment (1993-1999).  He holds an MA in Urban Geography from Hunter College, CUNY (2007), a BFA from Cooper Union (1987) and was a fellow at the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program (1988).  Before joining the board of CUP in 2006, he participated in the Building Codes exhibition (2001) and The Programmable City.  He also leads numerous interactive public neighborhood and waterborne tours.  His work can be found in If You Lived Here: The City in Art, Theory, and Social Activism, Seattle: Bay Press, 1991.

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Willy Wong

Willy Wong

Willy Wong immigrated at an early age with his family to Brooklyn from Hong Kong. He currently collaborates with artists, ... more

Willy Wong

Willy Wong immigrated at an early age with his family to Brooklyn from Hong Kong. He currently collaborates with artists, entrepreneurs, philanthropists, and community leaders. He teaches at SVA and Parsons. From 2006–2014, he served as Chief Creative Officer of NYC & Company, where he and his team contributed to over 100 civic initiatives and public/private partnerships, including NYCGO, NYC Service, PlaNYC, GreeNYC, MillionTreesNYC, NYC Taxis, Bike NYC, NYC Mayor’s Cup, NYC Restaurant Week, NYC Broadway Week, Fashion’s Night Out, and NYCxDesign. During his tenure, tourism’s total economic impact to the City increased 50% to $60 billion, with domestic visitation increasing by 50% and international by 100%. He previously worked in advertising at MFP New York, software engineering at Sapient, management consulting at PricewaterhouseCoopers, and private banking at JP Morgan. He earned his MFA from Yale and AB from Dartmouth.

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Grand Army Plaza

Urban Investigations

Grand Army Plaza

Common Cents

City Studies

Common Cents

Rent Regulation Rights

Making Policy Public

Rent Regulation Rights

My ID

City Studies

My ID

Share, Where?

Urban Investigations

Share, Where?

Food Stamped

City Studies

Food Stamped

Participatory Budgeting

Technical Assistance

Participatory Budgeting

Boom Town

City Studies

Boom Town