Our Team

  • Sebastian Coss

    Sebastian Coss is the Spring 2017 Furman Center Wagner Fellow and a Master of Urban Planning candidate specializing in Housing and Economic Development at NYU Wagner. Prior to his work at the NYU Furman Center, Sebastian worked in project and client management in the technology sector at Forrester Research and Shutterstock. He holds a B.S. in International Business from both Northeastern University and the European School of Business of the Hochschule Reutlingen via a dual-degree exchange program. His interest in urban policy comes naturally from a decades long passion for understanding cities and a desire to help them meet the dual challenges of economic growth and housing.

  • Amy DeHuff

    Amy DeHuff is a Henry Hart Rice Urban Studies Fellow specializing in Housing and Economic Development at NYU Wagner's Urban Planning program. Prior to her work at the NYU Furman Center, Amy worked for Quadel Consulting administering the Baltimore Housing Mobility Program and establishing a tenant-based rental assistance program for the State of North Carolina. She spent four years in Baltimore focused on promoting opportunity-based affordable housing policy with the Baltimore Regional Housing Campaign and worked as a mobility housing practitioner and data analyst for the Baltimore Housing Mobility Program. Prior to her work in Baltimore, Amy spent three years working on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, first creating new case management programs for Katrina recovery organizations and later supporting a coalition of over 50 nonprofits advocating for equitable recovery policy for low-income families. She received a B.F.A. from Pratt Institute in 2004. 

  • Krista Duffy

    Krista Duffy is an upcoming second-year Master of Social Work candidate at the NYU Silver School of Social Work with interests in mental health and urban policy. Previously, she interned at the Center for Alternative Sentencing and Employment Services’ Nathaniel Clinic in New York City, where she listened to numerous clients express their difficulties obtaining and maintaining affordable housing. This experience furthered her interest in affordable housing policy within urban environments. She also worked for several years as a Program Coordinator/Associate Research Specialist within the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. Within this role, she coordinated several graduate-level programs, and aided with the state-wide implementation of the evidence-based Mother-Infant Therapy Group for women experiencing postpartum depression and their families. Krista holds a B.A. in Psychology with a Certificate in African Studies from University of Wisconsin-Madison.

  • Monica Flores

    Monica Flores is a Master of Urban Planning candidate at NYU Wagner, specializing in Housing and Economic Development. Prior to joining the NYU Furman Center, she worked as an Architect at the Department of External Projects of the School of Architecture of Universidad Catolica de Chile’, and as an Instructor Teacher in History and Theory of Architecture courses at the same institution. Her research interests focus on cultural development, urban economics, and real estate development as factors that have historically shaped cities. Monica graduated from Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile, receiving a B.A. and a Professional Degree in Architecture.

  • Monica Griffith

    Monica Griffith is a Master of Public Administration candidate at NYU Wagner, specializing in policy analysis. Prior to joining the NYU Furman Center, Monica worked as a program operations associate at Room to Read, an international non-profit focused on improving early grade literacy and girls' education in Asia and Africa. There she developed a global tool for analyzing and improving the diversity and quality of books available in primary school libraries. Her research interests include education, affordable housing, and gender studies. Monica received her B.A. in Communication from Santa Clara University. 

  • Rigel Jarabo

    Rigel Jarabo is a Master of Urban Planning candidate at NYU Wagner, specializing in Environment, Infrastructure, and Transportation. She holds a B.A. degree in Economics from Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM) and has over 6 years of working experience in economic research, public policy design and implementation in México City. She is interested in research focusing on neighborhood conditions such as crime, economic development, and gentrification.

  • Zongyang (Elmer) Li

    Zongyang (Elmer) Li is a Master of Public Administration candidate at NYU Wagner, specializing in public finance and economics. He is also the Vice Chair of Wagner Economic and Finance Association (WEFA). Prior to joining the NYU Furman Center, Zongyang worked as data analyst at UNDP procurement group and Hillary for America political team. His enthusiasm for urban policy was nurtured during his service as a program coordinator at the Municipality of Haikou, China and a news anchor for the local TV program. He used to serve at accounting and consulting firms before finding his passion for the public sector. His research interests include government financing and budgeting, social welfare programs, and economic development and stabilizing policies. Zongyang holds a B.S. of Financial Management from Hainan University and Certificate of Data, Statistical Inference and Modeling from Duke University.

  • Monica Millay

    Monica Millay is an Office Assistant at the NYU Furman Center. An undergraduate student at NYU, Monica is majoring in Public Policy with a minor in Social and Cultural Analysis. Before joining the Furman Center, Monica worked as an intern on several campaigns to raise the minimum wage and abolish the sub-minimum tipped wage.

  • Mariano MorĂ¡n

    Mariano Morán is a Master in Urban Planning candidate at NYU Wagner. His specialization is International Development Planning, with community empowerment, economic development, and mass transportation systems as his topics of interest. Mariano received a B.A. in Economics from Instituto Tecnologico de México (ITAM) in Mexico City, and worked for 4 years as a private consultant to the Mexican Federal Government in a variety of projects evaluating and improving agricultural yields, housing markets, and trade seaports.

  • Caroline Peri

    Caroline Peri is a Henry Hart Rice Urban Studies Fellow and Master of Urban Planning candidate at NYU Wagner. She is specializing in Economic Development and Housing. Prior to starting graduate school, Caroline spent six years living and working in Baltimore, MD, and most recently served as the Director of Economic Development at the Downtown Partnership of Baltimore. In this role, Caroline led the organization's residential outreach and research initiatives, assisted with real estate development incentives and site selection, and worked on issues ranging from transportation policy to tech attraction and retention. She has also worked for the Sustainable Endowments Institute and the Center for Social Philanthropy at the Tellus Institute. She received a B.A. in English from Dickinson College in 2010.

  • Julia Quigley

    Julia Quigley is a third-year student at New York University School of Law, where she is a staff editor on the Environmental Law Journal and a Guarini Center for Environmental and Land Use law fellow. Her research interests include land use issues and coastal development. Julia graduated from the University of Chicago with a B.A. in Geography. She completed an honors thesis studying the federal policies that have cemented development on the New Jersey Shore. 

  • Jessica Saab

    Jessica Saab is an office assistant at the NYU Furman Center. She is a third year undergraduate student at NYU majoring in Metropolitan Studies and minoring in Public Policy & Management. Before joining the NYU Furman Center, Jessica worked in several different fields ranging from the NYC Parks Department to a private museum dedicated to American gangster history. She is passionate about urban areas, efficient public transportation, the environment, and wants to better the standard of life through effective policy. 

  • Olivia Schneider

    Olivia Schneider is pursuing her Master of Public Administration at NYU Wagner with an interest in urban governance and urban policy. She was the Spring 2016 Wagner Fellow at the NYU Furman Center. Previously, she worked at New York City's Departments of City Planning and Sanitation. She received a B.A. in urban studies and environmental science from Wayne State University in Detroit, where she studied housing change in student neighborhoods in Detroit. She has also worked at a bicycle co-op as a mechanic, teacher, board member, and outreach program developer while training as a nationally-ranked athlete in fencing.  

  • Eftihia Thomopoulos

    Eftihia Thomopulos is a Master of Urban Planning candidate specializing in Economic Development and Housing at the NYU Wagner School of Public Service. Prior to her studies at NYU and her work at the NYU Furman Center, Eftihia served as the Program Director for the Association for a Better New York (ABNY), a civic advocacy organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for those who live, work, and play in New York City. During her time at ABNY, Eftihia oversaw ABNY's advocacy campaigns, original research projects, events, and overall strategy for the nonprofit. Eftihia received a B.A. in Political Science from Barnard College in New York City.

  • Alex Wilson

    Alex Wilson is a second-year student at New York University School of Law. Alex is a staff editor of the Journal of Legislation and Public Policy, and his research interests include diversity and discrimination law, the impact of race on criminal and civil proceedings, and access to civil justice. Alex also serves on the OUTLaw executive board and has served as a 1L Teaching Assistant for torts professor Eleanor Fox. Alex graduated magna cum laude from the University of Southern California, with a B.A. in political science. His honors thesis examined early constitutional challenges to the use of local property taxes to fund public schools.