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 2015-2016 UPSA Executive Board:
Chair: Katie Radin
I’m a Master of Urban Planning student specializing in Environment, Infrastructure and Transportation at NYU Wagner. I’m excited to be the chair of the 2015-2016 UPSA Executive Board and am looking forward to serving my peers over the course of this year! The urban planning program at NYU may be small, but we’re a unique group of talented students united by our strong passions. While serving on the board, I’m looking forward to strengthening the MUP community through comprehensive programming, events, and workshops. I hope to cultivate a strong identity among the Wagner planning students and raise the urban planning program’s profile both at NYU and in greater New York City.
Before coming to Wagner, I pursued my undergraduate studies at NYU. After discovering my passion for urban planning and community development, I spent the majority of my time in New York pursuing internships in the public and non-profit sectors. I am so happy to be a part of the Wagner MUP community and can’t wait for the adventures ahead!
Vice-Chair: Dora Miketa
I’m a Master of Urban Planning candidate specializing in Environment, Infrastructure, and Transportation. She works as a graduate research assistant on the data team at the Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy. Prior to coming to Wagner, I was working in the science industry looking at chemical regulations. I am really looking forward to serving as your Vice Chair on the UPSA board and strengthening the Urban Planning community!
Communication Director: Cammie Flippen
I am a second-year, full-time Master of Urban Planning student concentrating on environmental and infrastructure planning. I was born and raised in Waldorf, Maryland, and double majored in History and Government & Politics at the University of Maryland. Currently, I am the Community Planning Fellow for Manhattan Community District 1, where I am conducting a streetscape analysis of Lower Manhattan. This summer, I interned with the NYC Department of City Planning and apprenticed with the Eagle Street Rooftop Farm. After completing my degree, I aim to work in NYC focusing on parks and open space planning. My personal interests include running, gardening, travel and yoga!
Events Chair: Bryan Scotland
I am proud to serve on the Urban Planning Student Association board as your 2015-2016 Social Chair. I’m a first year Planning Student interested in specializing in Economic Development and Housing. I want to take full advantage of this amazing opportunity being at Wagner by fully immersing myself in the Planning community, and actively engaging other students and faculty. By bringing a forum of ideas together, we can be the ones to make positive changes.
Before coming to Wagner, I worked at a small Housing Authority and Development Corporation in Orange, NJ. We worked primarily in a neighborhood where out of 404 properties 33% were vacant, abandoned or underutilized vacant land. Here at Wagner, I hope to learn effective economic development strategies that can be used to improve economically or socially depressed areas.
Our Urban Planning community may be small, but it is one of the most tightly knit groups on campus and I want to continue the great work that this current board has done in bringing our community together. I hope to sponsor events that will better connect and integrate students with each other, the faculty, and the wider NYU and New York community as a whole.
Financial Manager: Erin Godwin
I’m a part-time student for my third and final year in the MUP program. I grew up in the suburbs of St. Louis and studied Political Science at Missouri State University before serving as an enlisted Intelligence Analyst in the Army. I interned at the Poughkeepsie-Dutchess County Transportation Council and the Queens Borough Office of the NYC Department of City Planning, and was a GIS Student Consultant in the NYU’s Data Services lab. I’m currently the Fund for the City of New York’s Community Planning Fellow for Bronx Community Board 10. I am the Financial Manager for the Urban Planning Student Association for 2015-2016. I’m married with two cats.
WTA Chair: Dan Cawley
APA Representative: Jackie Li
I am an MUP candidate specializing in Environment, Infrastructure, and Transportation. I am also a full-time Associate in Sustainability Strategies at Cushman & Wakefield, where I work with corporate occupiers and investor services to improve energy efficiency and overall sustainability in commercial buildings. I received a B.A. from Bowdoin College in Environmental Studies and English. Before attending Wagner, I had many adventures! I designed a pilot environmental education program for the Audubon Society in the urban core of Los Angeles, studied acting at Beverly Hills Playhouse, worked on a vineyard, helped produce a radio documentary for PRI about folk music legends, and recorded an independent album. I am passionate about public-private partnerships, food equity, arts preservation, smart buildings, and innovative financing solutions to infrastructure in New York City. I am excited by the evolving role of planners and about strengthening the relationship between APA NY Metro and NYU Wagner!
APA Representative: Hallah Saleh
I am a first year, full-time Master of Urban Planning student concentrating on environment, transportation, and infrastructure planning. Prior to moving to New York City I lived on the border of Texas and Mexico working with the City of McAllen on issues concerning land use, annexations, historic preservation, variances, special permits, and neighborhood planning. There, I also served as the American Planning Association Representative for the Texas Emerging Planning Leaders for the Southmost Section. I attended The University of Texas at Austin and obtained a BA in Urban Studies in 2011. My personal interests include cooking, traveling, reading, and yoga! I look forward to working with the Wagner MUP community and creating a lasting partnership with the APA NY Metro Chapter through the Student Relations Committee.
First Year Representative: Jenny O’Connell
I am a first year, full-time MUP candidate concentrating on Environment, Infrastructure and Transportation. I have a BA from Tulane University in New Orleans, where I studied Political Economy. Since then, I’ve slowly been moving up the coast closer to where I grew up in Boston. After Tulane, but before moving to New York for this program, I lived in Washington, DC for four years and worked for two transportation organizations. Now I’m here and as much as I cringe to admit it, the Redsox and the Patriots will probably pull me back up to Boston eventually. In my spare time I love to run, bike, cook, read, and explore New York!
First Year Representative: Maria Salazar Tamayo
I am a first year, full-time Master of Urban Planning student concentrating on international development. I have a BA in Government and International Relations from Externado University in Colombia in 2011. I also got a M.A in Government and Public Policy in 2014 from the same University. Before moving to New York for this program, I lived in Bogota and worked for the Colombian National Government and teached Policy Analysis. I like to travel, read and excercise. I love to play, talk and watch soccer.
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