What Is Zoning?

Envisioning Development

What Is Zoning?

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Urban Investigations

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The Newtown Creek BOA

Technical Assistance

The Newtown Creek BOA

How Can I Improve My Park?

Making Policy Public

How Can I Improve My Park?

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Urban Investigations

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Urban Investigations

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CUP Staff

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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Ingrid  Haftel

Ingrid Haftel

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

Ingrid Haftel

Ingrid is a Community Education Program Manager 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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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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Deja Holden

Deja Holden

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

Deja Holden

Deja is a 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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Oscar Nuñez

Oscar Nuñez

Oscar is a Program Coordinator at CUP. He is a graduate of the City and Regional Planning Master’s Program at Pratt ... more

Oscar Nuñez

Oscar is a Program Coordinator at CUP. He is a graduate of the City and Regional Planning Master’s Program at Pratt Institute with a concentration on Community Development. While completing his studies at Pratt, Oscar worked and interned in various local community organizations and groups, including CUP, on issues dealing with planning, design, and community education and engagement. Previously, he received a B.A. in Sociology and Latin American Studies from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada.  Originally from Tegucigalpa, Honduras, he moved to Washington, D.C. at a young age. He is fluent in English, Spanish, and French and can give pretty good directions in Portuguese.

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Frampton Tolbert

Frampton Tolbert

Frampton is CUP’s Director of Development and Communications. For more than 15 years, he has worked in ... more

Frampton Tolbert

Frampton is CUP’s Director of Development and Communications. For more than 15 years, he has worked in development and fundraising for arts and architecture organizations. Previously he was the Deputy Director of the Historic Districts Council, the advocate for New York City’s historic neighborhoods. He serves on the boards of several architecture, history, advocacy and civic groups and has received a New York State Council on the Arts Independent Project grant to document regional and vernacular modern architecture in the borough of Queens. Frampton holds a degree in historic preservation from the University of Mary Washington. 

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Mark Torrey

Mark Torrey

Mark Torrey is a Community Education Program Manager for CUP, working on Making Policy Public and the Envisioning ... more

Mark Torrey

Mark Torrey is a Community Education Program Manager for CUP, working on Making Policy Public and the Envisioning Development Toolkits. Previously he spent a good long while working as an Information Technology Specialist (computer guy) at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, but then decided to firm up his understanding of cities by getting a Masters in City and Regional Planning from Cornell University. He wears his pants in the Highwater fashion, which most of the CUP staff find to be ridiculous, but it keeps his pants from getting caught in the bike chain.

He has been a CUP staff member since 2011.

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Jenn Anne Williams

Jenn Anne Williams

Jenn is CUP’s Youth Education Program Coordinator. At the ripe age of two when she wasn’t running barefoot ... more

Jenn Anne Williams

Jenn is CUP’s Youth Education Program Coordinator. At the ripe age of two when she wasn’t running barefoot through the garden, Jenn began the lifelong pursuit of creative expression. A native born Hoosier, Jenn earned a liberal arts degree at Hanover College and followed her passion of design to Japan and Germany. With a combined love of the creative process, symbolism, and a strong belief in the influential power of art, Jenn earned her Masters in Art Therapy from New York University. She developed programs that used art as a tool for understanding and communication with youths at Ramapo for Children, the Foundation for Sustainable Development in India, Creative Arts Workshops for Kids, Free Arts NYC, and the Children’s Museum of the Arts, to name a few.

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The Newtown Creek BOA

Technical Assistance

The Newtown Creek BOA

Hello, My Name is Minimum Wage

City Studies

Hello, My Name is Minimum Wage

Es Tu Dinero, Decides Tú

Making Policy Public

Es Tu Dinero, Decides Tú

Get It Back!

Public Access Design

Get It Back!

Figuring Out Health Insurance

Making Policy Public

Figuring Out Health Insurance

The Water Underground

Urban Investigations

The Water Underground

Vendor Power!

Making Policy Public

Vendor Power!

Rent Regulation Rights

Making Policy Public

Rent Regulation Rights