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 2016-2017 UPSA Executive Board:

Chair:  Hallah Saleh

I am a full-time Master of Urban Planning student concentrating on environment, transportation, and infrastructure planning. I am excited to serve as the Chair for the 2016-2017 UPSA Executive
Board. I look forward to working with my peers to provide exceptional events and workshops related to the field of urban 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 South most Section. I attended The University of Texas at Austin and obtained a BA in Urban Studies in 2011. I also served as the NYU Wagner representative with the APA NY Metro Chapter through the Student Relations Committee. I look forward to working with the Wagner MUP community and creating lasting memories!


Vice-Chair:  Maria Monica Salazar Tamayo

I am a Master’s of Urban Planning Candidate at NYU Wagner specializing in International Development Planning. My Interests include sustainable development in developing countries, decentralization, climate change, food security and resiliency. Previously I worked for the Colombian National Government, the International Republican Institute and was a teacher of Policy Analysis at Externado University in Colombia. I have a Bachelor of Arts degree in Government and International Relations and a Master in Government and Public Policy from Externado University in Colombia.


Communications Director:  Nonie Mathur

I am a Master of Urban Planning student at NYU Wagner, concentrating in Housing and Economic Development. I currently work as a graduate research assistant for Prof. John Gershman at Wagner. Prior to my education at NYU, I pursued my undergraduate studies at CEPT University, India. I am passionate about housing policy, economic research and policy analysis. I look forward to working with our family of urban planners and connect them to the wider community of professionals in New York!


Events Chair:  Alexander Marte

I am a Master’s of Urban Planning Candidate at NYU Wagner specializing in Economic Development and Housing. My interests include commercial revitalization, business improvement, and city zoning, and alleviating poverty. I am currently working as a Planning Intern for Community Board 5 in the Bronx, NY. I was selected to lead a local Community Development Corporation to complete a Commercial District Needs Assessment project. After I ended my services as a United States Marine, I worked with Council member Helen Rosenthal as a Participatory Budgeting Representative and NYC Department of City Planning as an intern in its Change Management Department.

Financial Manager:  Jenny O’Connell

I am a first year, full-time Master of Urban Planning candidate (2017) specializing in Environment, Infrastructure, and Transportation. I have a BA from Tulane University in New Orleans, where I studied Political Economy and graduated in 2011. Before moving to New York City to begin the Master’s program, I was living in Washington, DC. While there, I worked for three years as a transportation consultant at ICF International and one year as the Program Coordinator for Environment at the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO). I am specifically interested in the relationship between transportation systems, mobility, and community health, and I’m excited to bring my interests and experience to the UPSA Executive Board! 



WTA Chair:  Chelsea Brandon

I am a Master’s of Urban Planning student at NYU Wagner specializing in Environment, Infrastructure and Transportation. I am currently working as a Sustainability Intern for the Community Preservation Corporation, helping to create sustainable affordable housing opportunities throughout New York State. My interests include environmental justice, sustainability, infrastructure projects, affordable housing, and community development. Previously, I worked for The New York City Housing Authority assisting in day-to-day administration of the Section 8 Voucher program. Before studying at Wagner, I completed my B.A. at NYU majoring in Social and Cultural Analysis. I look forward to serving as the WTA Chair of the 2016-2017 board.

APA Representative:  Lily Winter

Lily Winter is a part-time graduate student at NYU Wagner in the Urban Planning Masters program, and also works as a Senior Account Executive at the Harry Walker Agency. She previously worked on the 2013 Presidential Inaugural Committee as the Associate Director for Ticketing & Credentials for Honored Guests. Lily has worked in political fundraising for US Senator Chris Murphy’s successful campaign in Connecticut, the 2012 Democratic National Convention Host Committee in Charlotte, and Michael Hancock’s successful Denver Mayoral bid in her home state of Colorado. Lily attended the College of Charleston in South Carolina, where she received dual Bachelor degrees in Political Science and Religious Studies.


Ingrid Ellen – Faculty Advisor

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