It's Not Just Personal

Making Policy Public

It's Not Just Personal

Keep Your Family's Home

Public Access Design

Keep Your Family's Home

Planning for your children's future

Technical Assistance

Planning for your children's future

Pass It On!

Making Policy Public

Pass It On!

Show Up

Public Access Design

Show Up

Shine a Light on Your Utility Rights

Making Policy Public

Shine a Light on Your Utility Rights

CUP Staff

Clair Beltran

Clair Beltran

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

Clair Beltran

Clair Beltran is CUP’s Program Coordinator 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. 

close
Pilar Finuccio

Pilar Finuccio

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

Pilar Finuccio

Pilar 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.

close
Genea Foster

Genea Foster

Genea is a Community Education Program Manager at CUP. Genea is a Brooklyn native, whose Afro-Caribbean ancestry has shaped ... more

Genea Foster

Genea is a Community Education Program Manager at CUP. Genea is a Brooklyn native, whose Afro-Caribbean ancestry has shaped their deep commitment to social justice. Genea is passionate about popular education as a tool for transformative action and building power in communities at the frontlines of systemic oppression. As an urban planner and organizer, Genea has worked with youth, communities of color, and municipalities towards environmental justice, climate resiliency, health equity, and food sovereignty. Genea holds a Master’s in City Planning from MIT and a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies from Wellesley College. Outside of work, Genea can be found veganizing recipes, talking about a just transition, and dreaming about returning to the land.

close
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.

close
Gisselle Hernández

Gisselle Hernández

Gisselle Hernández is a 21-year-old who is a proud queer Chicana that was born and raised in Little Village, ... more

Gisselle Hernández

Gisselle Hernández is a 21-year-old who is a proud queer Chicana that was born and raised in Little Village, Chicago. She is currently studying at the Trinity/ La MaMa Program in NYC and is focusing on visual arts and social justice. Within her artistic work, themes of healing and growth are always prominent. As a daughter of immigrants, Gisselle’s goal in life is to give back to her communities by opening her own art programs that will provide resources for BIPOC, LGBTQ+, and migrant youth to uplift them and give them the artistic means to heal. When searching for an internship, she found that CUP was the perfect fit for her as we use design and art to contribute to meaningful social change within marginalized by meeting their needs.

close
Marisa Hetzler

Marisa Hetzler

Marisa is CUP’s 2021 Fellow for Change in Design. She is a recent graduate from the Fashion Institute of ... more

Marisa Hetzler

Marisa is CUP’s 2021 Fellow for Change in Design. She is a recent graduate from the Fashion Institute of Technology’s graphic design program. (She’s also a sagittarius, serial outfit repeater, Adventure Time fan, and candy wrapper collector). Outside of her school and freelance work, she also served as Creative Director at the Collegiate Association for Artists of Color. She loves how graphic design allows her to research complex topics like race, mental health and identity. Projects she enjoys the most are ones that allow her to learn a little more about the world, herself, and how we all interact with one another.

close
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. 

close
Emma Kilroy

Emma Kilroy

Emma Kilroy, Development Coordinator, joined CUP in July 2021. She was born in Pennsylvania and moved to New York ... more

Emma Kilroy

Emma Kilroy, Development Coordinator, joined CUP in July 2021. She was born in Pennsylvania and moved to New York City to study economics and environmental studies at Fordham University. She also has a visual arts background and works part-time as a studio assistant for a Brooklyn-based painter. Prior to joining CUP, Emma worked in development at Brooklyn Academy of Music where she fundraised for a variety of arts and arts education programs. She is interested in the power of art to affect social change, and is excited to get to know and support the work of CUP’s community and design partners.

close
 Rajan Hoyle

Rajan Hoyle

Rajan Hoyle is a Project Manager (Contractor) at CUP. Born in Los Angeles and raised in Long Beach, California, Rajan is an ... more

Rajan Hoyle

Rajan Hoyle is a Project Manager (Contractor) at CUP. Born in Los Angeles and raised in Long Beach, California, Rajan is an urbanist, a geographer and a multimedia storyteller. Rajan previously worked for the City of Long Beach where he wrote policy on digital inclusion, led community engagement and project managed creative placemaking initiatives. He has also directed a year-long participatory GIS mapping project with Garifuna youth in rural, coastal communities in Honduras. His research interests are at the intersection of spatial analysis, ethnography and participatory planning in marginalized communities. Rajan holds a BA in Urban Studies from UC Berkeley and is a Master in City Planning candidate at MIT.

close
Siyona Ravi

Siyona Ravi

Siyona is CUP’s Program & Communications Coordinator. Before joining CUP, she worked on several creative advocacy ... more

Siyona Ravi

Siyona is CUP’s Program & Communications Coordinator. Before joining CUP, she worked on several creative advocacy projects, including the Fundred Project, a campaign led by artist Mel Chin, and a documentary film for a TGNC branch of a sex workers’ labor union in Kolkata, India. In 2019 she was a Create Change Fellow with the Laundromat Project. She holds a BA in Visual Studies from the University of Pennsylvania. 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. 

close
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. 

close
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. 

close

The Deciders

City Studies

The Deciders

H2 Oh No!

Technical Assistance

H2 Oh No!

Rent, Rights, and Repairs

Public Access Design

Rent, Rights, and Repairs

Tenants' Rights to Repairs

Making Policy Public

Tenants' Rights to Repairs

TGNC-NYC

Public Access Design

TGNC-NYC

Participatory Budgeting

Technical Assistance

Participatory Budgeting

Zoning It In...

Urban Investigations

Zoning It In...

Stand Up to Clean Up!

Public Access Design

Stand Up to Clean Up!