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.
Co-Chairs: Lily Gordon-Koven and Ali Levine
Financial Manager: Gehad Hadidi
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Events Chair: LeMel Lindsey
My first two semesters in graduate school and as a member of UPSA has allowed to me to become familiar with NYU, the surrounding community and most importantly my peers. In this time I have had the pleasure of sharing unique experiences and forming friendship with individuals across the program. In conversations I have had the opportunity to hear the opinions, desires and concerns of my friends and peers. I believe, thanks to these experiences and friendships, I have a better understanding and grasp of what is expected and desired from UPSA as an organization. I feel that because of this information I can be instrumental in facilitating the experiences, events and environment that students desire and deserve. As a result, I am expressing my interest to continue my involvement with UPSA and serve in the organization. I hope that through my efforts and endeavors I am able to only further progress the achievements and success that UPSA has established.
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Communications Director: Arundathi Amirapu
Arundathi has a passion for urban development. She has over six years of experience as an engineering consultant working primarily on public transport infrastructure projects all over the world. Working on urban metro projects has turned her into a slightly obsessive train nerd. When she is not dreaming about riding on a Maglev, you will find her on her trusty bike or dazzling fellow citi-bikers with her signature “glide into the docking station” move. As UPSA’s communications director, Arundathi promises to bring you the latest in planning and transportation news from around the world.
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WTA Chair: Emily Rhodes
Fellow UPSA members, I would like to serve as your 2014-2015 UPSA Transportation Chair. During my time as the Wagner Transportation Association First Year Representative, I helped organize career panels and community CitiBike classes and if elected, would continue to put on exciting transportation related events. As your Transportation Chair, I would bring a passion for straphanging, pedaling and walking about the city and would keep you up-to-date on all things transit related. Thanks for your consideration!
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First Year Representative: Cassandra O’Hearn
I am excited to be a Master’s of Urban Planning student focusing on neighborhood design. I look forward to being a part of the UPSA team this year and organizing great events that teach us more about our Urban Planning community here at Wagner. I have had a passion for cities and urban life and have been able to many great cities such as Rome and London. I look forward to hearing from my fellow Urban Planner first years on what events and activities you would like to know more about.
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First Year Representative: Katie Radin
I’m a Master of Urban Planning student specializing in Environment, Infrastructure and Transportation at NYU Wagner. I’m so excited to join the UPSA executive board as a first year representative and am honored to serve 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 and spent my days sneaking into as many Wagner courses as I could! 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 excited to have officially joined Wagner this fall as a graduate student and can’t wait for the adventures ahead!
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First Year Representative: Bryan Scotland
I am proud to serve as a first-year representative on the UPSA board. 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 to study at Wagner by being involved in the Planning community, and actively engaging other students and faculty. By bringing a forum of ideas together, hopefully we can be the ones to make positive changes
Before coming to Wagner, I worked at a small Housing Authority and Development Corp. 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 to combat these depressed urban neighborhoods.
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Ingrid Ellen – Faculty Advisor
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