Our Team

  • Maia Cole

    Maia Cole is a first-year student at NYU School of Law and a Root-Tilden-Kern public interest scholar. Maia is passionate about housing justice and would like to work on issues of affordable housing, gentrification, and desegregation. She graduated from Amherst College in 2014 with a degree in Law, Jurisprudence and Social Thought. After graduating, she worked as a civil rights paralegal at Relman, Dane & Colfax, working with attorneys on fair housing and fair lending cases. In this capacity, she saw the variety of barriers from government organizations, banks, and private individuals that her clients faced when trying to find and maintain their housing. Following two years as a paralegal, Maia moved to London to pursue her M.A. in comparative literature at SOAS, focusing primarily on African and African-American literature about slave narratives. 

  • Scott Davis

    Scott Davis is a first-year student at NYU School of Law. A native of the mountains of western North Carolina, Scott graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he studied English and Creative Writing. After college, Scott worked for a voting rights nonprofit, worked in publishing, and later spent a year as an AmeriCorps Vista member serving at a shelter for families experiencing homelessness in Durham, NC. Scott is interested in civil legal services - especially around the issues of eviction prevention and foreclosure prevention - and affordable housing policy.

  • Krista Duffy

    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.

  • Handaa Enkh-Amgalan

    Rentsenkhand (Handaa) Enkh-Amgalan is currently pursuing a Master of Public Administration degree with a concentration in Public Finance at NYU Wagner. While at Wagner, Handaa assists in teaching a graduate course at NYU Stern School of Business. Prior to Wagner, she worked as an Urban Fellow at New York City Department of Consumer Affairs’ Office of Financial Empowerment. Handaa assisted in managing the network of 25 Financial Empowerment Centers which help New Yorkers build assets by receiving free financial counseling. She conducted research and data analysis for strategic planning and program evaluation and supported the implementation of innovative prototypes for effective service design. Handaa graduated from East Tennessee State University where she studied Marketing Management and Business Economics. During her undergraduate career, she founded a student-led nonprofit organization “Student United Way,” which mobilized her peers to volunteer with youth at the community-level in Johnson City, Tennessee. Handaa is originally from the capital city of Mongolia, and during the latter part of her childhood, she grew up in a nomadic family and lived in a yurt or portable tent. 

  • Daphna Ezrachi

    Daphna Ezrachi is a Master of Urban Planning candidate at NYU Wagner. Originally from Jerusalem, she relocated to the U.S. during the summer of 2016. Before moving, Daphna was a community educator, working with teens and young adults from all over Israel. While working, she interned at Member of Knesset Tamar Zandberg's office, and volunteered as a medic at a local HIV clinic. Daphna has a B.A. in History from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

  • Ethan Fitzgerald

    Ethan Fitzgerald is a first-year student at NYU School of Law and a native New Yorker. He attended the University of Michigan, graduating in 2015 with a BA from the Ford School of Public Policy where he studied US economic inequality and the intersection of housing with other policy issues. After college, he lived in Washington, DC, and worked at FairVote, the nation's leading advocate for structural democracy reform.

  • Rachel Flaherty

    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.

  • Aaron Haier

    Aaron Haier is a second-year student at NYU School of Law, where he is a Moelis Fellow for Urban Law and Public Affairs. Aaron spent his 1L summer working for the New York City Housing Development Corporation in both their Legal and Capital Markets divisions, and he will spend his 2L summer as a Summer Associate at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison. At NYU Law, Aaron is a Staff Editor for the Review of Law and Social Change, works as a teaching assistant for 1L Contracts professor Barry Adler, and serves as Vice President of the Real Estate and Urban Policy Forum. Aaron is also a student advocate with the Suspension Representation Project and a member of the American Constitution Society. Prior to beginning law school, Aaron worked for the City of Newark, New Jersey's Department of Health where he oversaw the creation and development of the City's "Newark Healthy Homes Program," a $500,000 grant program made possible by The Kresge Foundation through its Advancing Safe and Healthy Homes Initiative (ASHHI). Aaron was responsible for crafting and executing strategies for addressing health issues that derive from in-home environmental hazards through policy development, legal enforcement, and community education and advocacy. Born and raised in Jersey City, New Jersey, Aaron received his B.A. in Economics and English from New York University, as well as his M.A. in Economics from New York University.

  • Luis Hernandez

    Luis Hernandez is a Master of Urban Planning candidate at NYU. Before joining the NYU Furman Center, Luis worked on the policy and communications team at Airbnb for three years overseeing the East Coast and Canada team operations. He has also worked on several political campaigns, including the 2013 mayoral campaign of Mayor Bill de Blasio, as the targeting director, and held several positions on the 2008 Barack Obama campaign for President. Luis has also worked in Cleveland, OH as a community organizer where he helped create a neighborhood recreation league and worked on other economic development initiatives. He has a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Dayton. 

  • Alex Hohauser

    Alex Hohauser is a second-year student at NYU School of Law and the 2017-18 Frances Moelis Fellow at the NYU Furman Center. 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

    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

    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. 

  • Saumya Mathur

    Saumya Mathur is an Office Assistant at the NYU Furman Center. She is a third year undergraduate student at the College of Arts and Science majoring in Economics and minoring in Computer Science-Mathematics and Chinese. Having grown up in India, Netherlands, and Hong Kong, she is passionate about engaging in other cultures. She is interested in learning more about the urban policies and neighborhoods of New York.

  • 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.

  • Bill Reisman

    Bill Reisman is an office assistant at the NYU Furman Center. He is a third-year undergraduate student at NYU majoring in Computer Science and minoring in Environmental Studies. Before joining the NYU Furman Center, Bill worked for the Metropolitan Opera, Changing Our World, Inc., and Pierogi, a contemporary art gallery. Bill is interested in the ways that data can be applied to food justice, sustainable urban planning, and urban hydrology.

  • Lauren Richardson

    Lauren Richardson is a second-year student at NYU 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

    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. 

  • Xi Sun

    Xi Sun is a first-year student at NYU Wagner, specializing in Health Policy and Management. She is interested in studying the social determinants of health, and the relationship between mental health and socioeconomic factors. Prior to studying at NYU Wagner, she worked as a project manager at an international pharmaceutical company in Denmark, and as a healthcare researcher at a consulting company in China. Xi received a dual-master in Finance and Strategic Management from Erasmus University in the Netherlands and a B.A. in International Business Administration from the same University.

  • Alex Wilson

    Alex Wilson is a third-year student at NYU School of Law and the 2017-2018 Sara Salzman Fellow at the NYU Furman Center. Alex's research interests include diversity and discrimination law, the impact of race on criminal and civil proceedings, and access to civil justice. Alex has previously worked with the Civil Division of the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of New York, Brooklyn Legal Services' LGBT/HIV practice, and the U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division. At NYU Law, Alex is an articles editor of the Journal of Legislation and Public Policy, was a teaching assistant for 1L torts professor Eleanor Fox, and served on the OUTLaw executive board. 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.

  • Hongye Wu

    Hongye Wu is pursing her Master of Public Administration degree specializing in Public Finance and Financial Management at NYU Wagner. In addition to her research position at the Furman Center, Hongye is helping Professor Pokharel at the urban planning department to access the practice of crowdsourced data and its scalability. She is interested in the intersection of economic inclusion, data analytics, and social policies that aim to reduce poverty as well as ensure equity. Hongye received a B.A. in Political Science and Art History from Tufts University.