The Water Underground

Urban Investigations

The Water Underground

How Can I Improve My Park?

Making Policy Public

How Can I Improve My Park?

From Cellblock to Your Block

Urban Investigations

From Cellblock to Your Block

Child Support?!

Making Policy Public

Child Support?!

Our Voice, Our Choice

Urban Investigations

Our Voice, Our Choice

Free For All?

City Studies

Free For All?

CUP Staff

Clair Beltran

Clair Beltran

Clair Beltran is CUP’s Program Assistant and is also a former intern. She is a recent graduate of Middlebury College ... more

Clair Beltran

Clair Beltran is CUP’s Program Assistant and is also a former intern. She is a recent graduate of Middlebury College where she studied Architecture and Geography. She is interested in the intersections between sociology and design and how different people experience space. Having spent the past 5 years in Vermont, she is excited and overwhelmed at being back in her hometown of New York City and relearning what it has to offer. 

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Elijah Bobo

Elijah Bobo

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

Elijah Bobo

Elijah Bobo is the 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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Amanda  Finuccio

Amanda Finuccio

Amanda Finuccio is a Community Education Program Manager at CUP.  She is a visual designer and researcher with a ... more

Amanda Finuccio

Amanda Finuccio is a Community Education Program Manager at CUP.  She is a visual designer and researcher with a commitment to creative practice and social justice. She spends her time advocating for the creation and preservation of communities, exploring methods of collaboration, and working on her listening skills. Before joining CUP, she was a Design Research Fellow at Public Policy Lab, a Communications Designer for The Department of Small Business Services’ Neighborhood Development Division, and the In-house Graphic Designer for O, Miami Poetry Festival. She received her MFA  in Design for Social Innovation from the School of Visual Arts and her BFA in Graphic Design from North Carolina State University’s  College of Design. When she’s not at CUP, she’s selling vegetables for Conuco Farm at the Ft. Greene Farmers Market or fixing something her dog, Roz, chewed.

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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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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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Gileen Navarro

Gileen Navarro

Gileen Navarro is CUP’s 2019 Fall Intern. She was born in Manila, Philippines and grew up in Long Beach, CA. Gileen ... more

Gileen Navarro

Gileen Navarro is CUP’s 2019 Fall Intern. She was born in Manila, Philippines and grew up in Long Beach, CA. Gileen is a junior at Stanford University majoring in Product Design. This past summer, she worked as a Design Student Assistant for the Stanford Graduate School of Business Library and also collaborated with Bayani Art, a Pilipino arts organization in the Bay Area, to create a female-empowering shirt design. Gileen’s passion for creative expression and advocating for those who are under-represented fuels her interest in working at CUP, and she strives to learn the role that design thinking plays in social issues.

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Siyona Ravi

Siyona Ravi

Siyona is CUP’s Program & Communications Assistant. Before joining CUP, she worked on advocacy projects for the ... more

Siyona Ravi

Siyona is CUP’s Program & Communications Assistant. Before joining CUP, she worked on advocacy projects for the LGBTQ branch of the Durbar, a sex workers’ labor union in Kolkata, and more recently, for Fundred Project, a creative campaign to end childhood lead poisoning, and No Longer Empty. She is a recent graduate of the University of Pennsylvania where she received a BA in Visual Studies. She was born in Bangalore, grew up in Chicago, and now lives Crown Heights, where you can find her making a mess in the kitchen or caring for her beloved ficus, Eugene. 

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Yasmin Safdié

Yasmin Safdié

Yasmin Renée Safdié is the Director of Programs at CUP. She is a radical social worker, ... more

Yasmin Safdié

Yasmin Renée Safdié is the Director of Programs at CUP. She is a radical social worker, community organizer and educator. Her work is grounded in an anti-oppressive framework, which seeks to ensure that those most affected by social issues are centered in movements for justice. For over a decade, she has worked on a range of social justice issues including: ending mass incarceration, anti-racism, and gender justice. Yasmin has extensive experience designing and facilitating anti-oppressive trainings and leadership development programs. Prior to CUP, Yasmin was the Senior Manager of Organizing and Advocacy at the New York City Anti-Violence Project where she worked to end violence against the LGBTQ community. Yasmin is currently an Adjunct Lecturer at Columbia University School of Social Work and CUNY Hunter College. She is a member leader and Board Member at Jews for Racial and Economic Justice, where she co-founded the Mizrahi Caucus, which organizes Arab/Middle Eastern/North African/Central Asian Jews. She received her M.S. in Social Work from Columbia University and her B.A. in History and Anthropology from McGill University. In her free time Yasmin loves to do ceramics and dance. 

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June  Song

June Song

June Song is a senior Design major at City University New York Queens College who is interested in combining her passion ... more

June Song

June Song is a senior Design major at City University New York Queens College who is interested in combining her passion for design with a desire to help people, particularly immigrants like herself, navigate confusing systems in the United States. She also holds an associate degree in Interior Design from Ducksung Women’s University in Seoul, South Korea. She is excited to work with CUP to help communities to use the power of design.

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Leigh Taylor

Leigh Taylor

Leigh is CUP’s Development & Program Assistant. She is a recent graduate from Bard College, where she studied ... more

Leigh Taylor

Leigh is CUP’s Development & Program Assistant. She is a recent graduate from Bard College, where she studied Sociology with a focus on Gender & Labor. Following college, Leigh has worked for organizations invested in social justice education for young people, specifically youth from historically marginalized communities. She is involved in movements of justice for domestic workers, incarcerated folks, and young people of color. She is excited to work with CUP to create accessible tools for people from communities like hers.

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Frampton Tolbert

Frampton Tolbert

Frampton is CUP’s Deputy Director. For more than 20 years, he has worked in development and communications for ... more

Frampton Tolbert

Frampton is CUP’s Deputy Director. For more than 20 years, he has worked in development and communications for arts and architecture organizations. Previously he was the Deputy Director of the Historic Districts Council. He has received a New York State Council on the Arts grant and a James Marston Fitch Foundation Fellowship for his work examining vernacular modernism in the borough of Queens, and currently serves on several boards including Docomomo New York/Tri-State and Municipal Art Society’s Preservation Committee. 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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Sucharitha Yelimeli

Sucharitha Yelimeli

Sucharitha Yelimeli is CUP’s Program Coordinator. She hails from Northern California, and has a background in ... more

Sucharitha Yelimeli

Sucharitha Yelimeli is CUP’s Program Coordinator. She hails from Northern California, and has a background in architecture, art, and teaching. Before coming to CUP she designed single-family homes and before that, was an art teacher. She’s interested in how people respond to design, especially at the city scale, and likes taking seemingly unapproachable ideas and making them friendlier. Some things she enjoys doing on the side are getting lost in a good book, making very intricate coffee cup doodles, and trying to win the affection of street cats.

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Whose Art?

City Studies

Whose Art?

What the Cell?

Urban Investigations

What the Cell?

We Are Public Housing

Making Policy Public

We Are Public Housing

Seeking Sanctuary

Urban Investigations

Seeking Sanctuary

What Do Incarcerated Parents Need to Know About ACS?

Technical Assistance

What Do Incarcerated Parents Need to Know About ACS?

Bail's Set... What's Next?

Public Access Design

Bail's Set... What's Next?

Is College For Me?

Public Access Design

Is College For Me?

Lotto Zone

Urban Investigations

Lotto Zone