Who We Are

The Urban Planning Student Association (UPSA) is a student-run organization whose mission is to help students develop a deeper appreciation and understanding of various planning issues. We provide quality lectures and programming which reflect the interests of students while introducing them to new ideas. UPSA also strives to improve and raise the profile of Wagner’s Urban Planning Program within the school and among other planning schools. UPSA welcomes all students to participate in the organization, and seeks to collaborate with other student groups to provide the best possible opportunities for all Wagner students.

Meet the 2013-2014 UPSA Executive Board

Alex Powell, President

Powell_UPSAAlex hails from California but currently lives in an “intimate” three bedroom in Chelsea.  He would like to use his background in Economics and experience with consulting fiscally distressed cities in CA to specialize in Economic Development to help create sustainable and prosperous communities!  He misses wine tasting and earthquakes in CA but loves NYC for the art galleries and the NY Football Giants.
Connect with Alex: email him at alexander.powell@nyu.edu

Conor Muldoon, Vice President

Conor MuldoonConor is UPSA’s Vice President, and works to form collaborations and strategic partnerships with organizations at NYU and the broader New York City region. He specializes in Housing and Economic Development, with an interest in New Urbanism, sustainable real estate development, adaptive reuse, and retrofitting. Originally from Syracuse, NY, he moved to Brooklyn to attend NYU Wagner in the Fall of 2012 after spending seven years in Chicago.
Connect with Conor: Email him at cpm346@nyu.edu

Abbie Rudow, Treasurer

Abbie RudowAbbie is UPSA’s treasurer, meaning…drinks are on her!  (sorry, not completely true)  She is an MUP student specializing in Environmental Planning.  Her academic interests include local environmental and sustainability policy and community development.  Abbie currently lives in White Plains, but is looking to make Brooklyn her new home.  She hopes to get more planning students involved and connected with the program in the coming year!

Connect with Abbie: Email her at asr430@nyu.edu


Le Mel Lindsey, Social Chair

DSCN9077LeMel Lindsey is an Atlanta native where he also graduated from Morehouse College. At NYU he is a MUP student specializing in international development and is interested working on real estate and transportation in developing countries. Along with academic interest he is obsessed with food, which is half the reason he moved to NY. The only things that interest him more than food is the ability to travel and eat. Oh he also likes to throw events and the Chicago Bears.
Connect with Le Mel: Email him at lc1314@nyu.edu


Leda Bloomfield, Communications Director

2012-06-27 20.17.38Leda comes from Brooklyn by way of New Haven by way of Korea. She hopes to work on preserving and expanding affordable housing, particularly in underserved communities. Right now, Leda is research assistant at the Furman Center. Before graduate school, she spent 4 years working on civil rights and racial justice issues. Leda graduated magna cum laude from Barnard College with a degree in Urban Studies.

Connect with Leda: Email her at leda.derosa@nyu.edu

Ingrid Ellen – Faculty Advisor

You can also email us with any general questions at nyuplanning@gmail.com