Up Closed and Personal

Urban Investigations

Up Closed and Personal

Don't Trash NYC!

Public Access Design

Don't Trash NYC!

Making Change

City Studies

Making Change

Are You Ready for a Ruckus?

Urban Investigations

Are You Ready for a Ruckus?

Space Jam

Urban Investigations

Space Jam

We Own It

Making Policy Public

We Own It

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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Margaux Lacroix

Margaux Lacroix

Margaux is CUP’s spring 2016 intern. Originally from Southern France, she’s a student at l’Institut ... more

Margaux Lacroix

Margaux is CUP’s spring 2016 intern. Originally from Southern France, she’s a student at l’Institut d’Etudes Politiques in Aix-en-provence, where she studies political science, law, and economics. She is however, interested in art and working with artists and is considering a Masters in Arts Administration. Before CUP, she was a Triangle Arts Association intern in Brooklyn. In her spare time back home, she cooks, facilitates children care, and fights for animal rights.

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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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Shristi Shrestha

Shristi Shrestha

Shristi is a Program Assistant at CUP. She received a BA from Mount Holyoke College with a major in Studio Art. She is ... more

Shristi Shrestha

Shristi is a Program Assistant at CUP. She received a BA from Mount Holyoke College with a major in Studio Art. She is interested in using art as a means of community engagement. As an artist for a public art project called Kolor Kathmandu, she painted murals around the city of Kathmandu, Nepal, where she was born and raised. Before CUP, she was an Intern at Renegade Performance Group. She enjoys walking, biking, and cooking.

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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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Meet the Gun Laws

City Studies

Meet the Gun Laws

Power Trip

Urban Investigations

Power Trip

Es Tu Dinero, Decides Tú

Making Policy Public

Es Tu Dinero, Decides Tú

En El Campo De Los Impuestos

Making Policy Public

En El Campo De Los Impuestos

ICEbreaker

City Studies

ICEbreaker

Don't Get Iced

Public Access Design

Don't Get Iced

I Heart East New York

Urban Investigations

I Heart East New York

Social Security Risk Machine

Making Policy Public

Social Security Risk Machine