Sebastian Coss is 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.
Krista Duffy is a 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.
Rachel Flaherty is a first-year student at NYU Wagner. Rachel graduated magna cum laude from the University of Rhode Island in 2016 with a B.A. in Political Science. During her undergraduate career she focused on American Politics and completed a Capstone Project on Voter ID laws and their ability to disenfranchise minority voters via modern day voter suppression techniques. Rachel is passionate about civic engagement, criminal justice, social welfare, and minority rights. Prior to joining the NYU Furman Center, Rachel worked on Capitol Hill for U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse as his Deputy Scheduler.
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.
Alex Hohauser is a second-year student at New York University School of Law. She is interested in the relationship between affordable housing and the larger political/economic structures that enable or deny its creation. Prior to law school, she worked as a paralegal at a large international law firm, and then for the City of New York, connecting tenants at risk of eviction to legal services on Staten Island. Her interest in land use was sparked during college, when she interned at the Department of City Planning and discovered that she had a special fondness for City Council hearings and architecture courses. At the law school, Alex is a Staff Editor of the Review of Law and Social Change. She spent her 1L Summer at the New York Attorney General's Office, researching issues pertaining to improperly collected 421-a tax benefits and the conversion of rent-stabilized buildings to condominiums and co-operatives. She received a B.A. in Politics from Oberlin College in 2013.
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.
Alexius Marcano is a David Bohnett Public Service Fellow and Master of Public Administration candidate at NYU Wagner. Originally from Miami, Alexius studied Political Science at Emory University, where he received high honors for his thesis studying the relationship between gentrification and the incidence of guilty verdicts in felony jury trials. At Emory, he worked for their Center for Community Partnerships where he researched Atlanta’s housing choice voucher program. After graduating, Alexius joined the Kinder Institute at Rice University as an Urban & Metropolitan Governance Fellow. While at Kinder, he worked with local community organizations to prevent long-term resident displacement in Houston’s gentrifying 3rd Ward and conducted research on the city’s unique zoning and land use system. Alexius has served as a Congressional Intern for Florida Congressman Joe Garcia, as well as in the transition team for Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg.
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 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.
Lauren Richardson is a second-year student at New York University School of Law, where she is a Moelis Fellow for Urban Law and Public Affairs. Lauren is fascinated by how geographic space can degrade or enhance quality of life and basic dignity. Her interests lie at the intersection of housing, health, and environmental justice. Lauren is spending her 1L summer at the Northern Manhattan Improvement Corporation (NMIC), where she works on housing court cases involving mold, lead, and other toxic health conditions in low-income communities. At the Law School, Lauren is a member of the Immigrant Rights Clinic, serves as the Co-chair of the Public Interest Law Student Association, and is the St. Xavier Clinic Coordinator for REACH, a student run legal clinic for individuals experiencing homelessness. Before NYU, Lauren worked in international education and development in Africa and South America. She graduated from the University of South Florida, with a B.A. in International Relations and B.A. in Africana Studies. She became interested in issues of urban policy while working with young adults experiencing homelessness for her undergraduate honors thesis and with low-income immigrant and refugee populations at a nonprofit community development corporation. She speaks Swahili and Spanish.
Jessica Saab is an office assistant at the NYU Furman Center. She is a fourth 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.
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.