Our Team

  • Jane Bartman

    Jane is a student in the Master of Urban Planning program at NYU Wagner, where she is particularly interested in how city governments can further equitable and innovative strategies for housing affordability. Previously, she was a pro bono consultant to mayor's offices at Bloomberg Associates (BA), with key projects including: providing strategic, technical, and analytic assistance to nine cities' 2020 Census campaigns; assessing and recommending opportunities to deploy reserve funds held by a major city public housing authority; and facilitating advisory council meetings, creating and analyzing survey results, and developing recommendations for the creation of the City of Atlanta's COVID-19 phased reopening guidelines. Prior to BA, Jane was a Manager at the Concord Group, where she led market feasibility analyses for real estate development across product types and in 50+ U.S. geographies. Jane graduated from the University of Chicago, where she earned an AB with honors in Geography and International Studies. 

  • Isabella Black

    Isabella Black is a junior at New York University at the College of Arts and Science, studying Public Policy with a minor in French Studies and hopes to attend law school after graduation. Currently she is the Communications Chair for the Public Policy Student Board, and an Executive Board Member for the Deans Honor Service Corp. Additionally, she is a Martin Luther King Jr. Scholar and Presidential Honors Scholar at NYU. Isabella is interested in social advocacy, with specific passions in immigration reform and global women’s rights. 

  • Max Brueckner-Humphreys

    Max Brueckner-Humphreys is currently a MS candidate in Applied Urban Science and Informatics at NYU CUSP and is a Senior Graduate Researcher at NYU Furman Center. He is interested in how cities can better leverage technology and data to influence equitable, resilient policy for the rapidly changing urban landscape. Max graduated from SUNY New Paltz with a BA in Geography.

  • Gabriela Caballero

    Gabriela is a second-year MS student in the Management of Technology program at NYU Tandon. She's passionate about technology and data and in using it to solve social issues and improve our daily lives. Originally from Argentina, she graduated as a Systems Engineer in 2017 and worked as a Software Engineer until she came to the US to pursue her Master's Degree. Apart from that, she has been involved in helping the community by being part of Girls that Code and Design for America organization. She is pursuing a career as a Data Analyst and hopes to enhance her data skills while having an impact on the community. 

  • Jay Cullen

    Jay Sizer Cullen is a 3L at NYU Law. In law school, Jay has focused his research and work on local law and policy, especially land use and climate resiliency for local governments. Most recently, he worked on an extensive policy proposal that would create significantly more extremely-low-income housing. During his 2L summer, he worked for the New York City Law Department in the legal counsel division. Before law school, Jay worked on criminal justice reform at the Brennan Center and studied economics and political science at the University of Chicago.

  • Jiaqi Dong

    Jiaqi Dong is currently pursuing a Master of Science degree at NYU Center for Urban Science + Progress and is a Senior Graduate Researcher at the NYU Furman Center. She is a recent graduate from NYU Wagner with a Master's degree in Urban Planning and she holds a bachelor's degree from NYU Shanghai with a double-major in Business and Finance and Interactive Media Arts. Her prior research focused on street food vending and urbanization in Shanghai, as well as bike-sharing system data visualization and operation analysis. She is interested in economic inequality associated with urban planning practices.

  • Adam George

    Adam George is a third-year student at NYU School of Law. He is interested in how housing and land use policy reflects our priorities as a society and in how smarter policy can promote equality and sustainable development. During his 1L summer, Adam worked for the General Counsel of BronxWorks, a large settlement house in the Bronx. An Indianapolis native, Adam graduated from the University of Miami in 2018 with a B.A. in Political Science. In his time in college, Adam worked in restaurants, interned for various political campaigns, and ran for Miami's Track and Cross Country teams.

  • Nardos Girma

    Nardos Girma is a second-year student at NYU School of Law and a Root-Tilden-Kern Scholar. She is interested in affordable housing, tenant protections, and the intersection between land use/zoning regulations and environmental policy. Nardos graduated from Stanford University in 2014 with a degree in Political Science and worked in the California State Legislature prior to law school. 

  • Janelle Jack

    Janelle is a Masters of Public Administration candidate, specializing in Advocacy and Political Action at NYU Wagner. Prior to her enrollment at NYU Wagner, Janelle was an elementary teacher in charter schools across Brooklyn. She is particularly interested in community development and the intersections of neighborhood change, housing, and education policy. Janelle is a Lehigh University graduate, from which she received a B.A. in Psychology.

  • Christine Keough

    Christine is a MS student in the Applied Statistics for Social Science Research program at NYU Steinhardt. She's interested in using data to ask questions and challenge the capabilities of public policy. Christine graduated from UC Berkeley in 2019 with a BS in Environmental Economics and Policy where she worked for the UC Berkeley Center for Law, Energy & the Environment on innovation in the wastewater sector. She hopes to begin her PhD in Statistics in the fall.

  • Katherine Key

    Katherine Key is a second-year Master of Urban Planning student at NYU Wagner, focusing on urban analytics. She is especially interested in how data can be used to build equitable communities and the role of algorithms in the city. Prior to attending Wagner, Katherine was a senior consultant at a boutique management consulting firm in Washington, DC, which specialized in nonprofit compensation. She graduated from Georgetown University in 2015 with a degree in Culture and Politics.   

  • Bryan Kim

    Bryan Kim is a JD candidate at the NYU School of Law. A native of Seoul, Korea, he is interested in land use regulation, economic policy, and real estate development. Prior to law school, he worked at an international investment bank where he was primarily involved in M&A transactions. He also gained experience working as a Research Assistant at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Bryan graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 2016 with a degree in Economics. 

  • Julia Konrad

    Julia Konrad is a Master of Public Administration candidate at NYU Wagner, specializing in policy analysis. Before Wagner, she taught 11th grade U.S. history at a 6-12 public school in Brooklyn. She is passionate about building strong neighborhoods and exploring the intersections of housing, labor, and education policy. She earned an AB in social studies from Harvard College and an M.Ed from Vanderbilt University.

  • Olivia Lee

    Olivia Lee is an office assistant at the NYU Furman Center. She is currently studying at the NYU Stern School of Business, studying Finance, Data Science, and English Literature. She is interested in community development banking and how banks address the needs of, and inequities within, low-income communities. 

  • Zachary Levine

    Zachary Levine is a first-year student at NYU School of Law. He is interested in the intersection of federal housing policy with state and local government, the use of tax policy to promote housing affordability, and the trade-offs between public housing and rental assistance. Zachary graduated from the University of Chicago in 2018 with a degree in Public Policy and wrote his undergraduate thesis on Housing Choice Vouchers. Zachary has interned for the Treasurer of Rhode Island and for U.S. Senator Jack Reed. Prior to law school, he was a paralegal in the litigation department at Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel.

  • Emma Maniere

    Emma Maniere is a PhD candidate in NYU's history program. Her work is located at the intersection of urban history and LGBT studies in the 20th century United States. She is interested in the paradoxically liberatory and deeply unequal terrain of American metropolises, and the possibilities it presents for community building. Emma graduated from the University of Michigan with a BA in Women's and Gender Studies and Political Science.

  • Kayla Merriweather

    Kayla Merriweather is a senior at New York University in the Gallatin School of Individualized Study, concentrating in History and Urban Politics through a Black Feminist Lens. On campus, she is a Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholar, the Co-President for the Black Student Union, and the Chair of the Student Government Assembly’s Student Success Committee. She also serves as a Resident Assistant in the Broome Street Residential College. Passionate about social justice, advocacy, and public service, Kayla plans to attend law school after graduation with hopes to become a lawyer, earn her Ph.D. in Education Policy and enter the political sphere.

  • Abe Nelson

    Abe is a second-year MPA-PNP student at NYU Wagner and the Spring 2021 Bloomberg Fellow at the NYU Furman Center. At Wagner, he has previously worked as a research assistant on the Furman Center's data team and as a graduate student intern with the ACLU’s National Political Advocacy Department. In addition, he is a staff writer for NYU Wagner Review and a former Co-Director of NYU Vote 2020. Prior to enrolling at Wagner Abe worked as a program associate in the NYC Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice. He holds a B.A. in Political Science from Kenyon College.

  • Sarina Noone

    Sarina Noone is a current Master of Public Administration candidate specializing in policy analysis at NYU Wagner. Her ten years of professional experience includes roles in fundraising, volunteer management and communications for arts nonprofits and in higher education where she developed an expertise in strategic and inclusive community engagement. Most recently, she has held portfolios of work at the MIT Sloan School of Management and the Cornell SC Johnson College of Business focused on highlighting faculty research and academic initiatives to alumni and donor audiences. Sarina holds a B.A. in English from Skidmore College. 

  • Alan Patterson

    Alan Patterson is a Master of Urban Planning candidate at the NYU Wagner School of Public Service, specializing in economic development and housing, and the Fall 2020 Wagner Fellow at the NYU Furman Center. Prior to enrolling at Wagner, he worked at OPI Analytics in Mexico City as a consultant in data science related projects for different government agencies, including the Mexican National Fund for Workers' Housing and the Mexico City Government. He is interested in economic analysis related to housing and income inequality. Alan holds a B.A. in Business Administration with a specialization in information systems from the Mexican Autonomous Institute of Technology (ITAM). 

  • Alana Pogostin

    Alana is a Masters of Urban Planning Candidate, with an Urban Analytics focus at NYU Wagner. Prior to her work at the Furman Center she conducted research on the impact that multi-use trails have on housing prices in rural and suburban areas and studied the risk of green gentrification. During her undergraduate studies at Skidmore College, she worked at the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority’s (NYSERDA) office in Albany as a member of their policy development team. Alana graduated Skidmore College in 2020 with honors in Economics and Environmental Studies.

  • Katherine Rivard

    Katherine Rivard is a Master of Urban Planning candidate at the NYU Wagner School of Public Service, specializing in international development. During her first year at NYU, Katherine worked as a graduate assistant at the NYU Rudin Center for Transportation Policy and Planning and as a communications intern at the Mayor’s Office for Immigrant Affairs. Prior to enrolling in the program, Katherine worked as a communications specialist at the National Park Foundation. She is interested in community engagement and the role of communications and media in shaping policy. Katherine holds a B.S. in Culture and Politics from Georgetown University. 

  • Andres Rivero

    Andrés Rivero is a third-year student at NYU Law. A native of Miami, Florida, Andrés is interested in how land use policy shapes the economic, environmental, and cultural viability of urban communities. Andrés spent his 1L summer working on major public financing deals for affordable housing as a legal intern at New York City Housing Development Corporation. Prior to law school, Andrés worked on the staff of Miami Mayor Francis Suarez, where he engaged with issues including climate resiliency, affordable housing, and economic development. He also served as a Teach For America corps member, teaching seventh grade civics at a low-income middle school in Miami. Andrés graduated from Emory University in 2014 with a B.A. in Political Science.

  • Julie Rong

    Julie Rong is a second-year student at NYU School of Law. She is interested in the impact of land use and environmental law on the urban environment. Julie is a native New Yorker and is especially interested in land use and zoning reform in NYC. Prior to law school, she worked at Industrial Economics, an environmental consulting firm in Cambridge, MA, where she worked on groundwater contamination and forest fire litigation, as well as environmental policy evaluation for federal and state agencies. Julie is a proud Wellesley College graduate, from which she received a BA in Environmental Studies. 

  • Alex Sernyak

    Alex Sernyak is a JD candidate at the NYU School of Law. He is interested in land usage, housing affordability, urban policy, and environmental law. Alex spent his 1L summer as an intern at the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development. Before law school, he worked for the Governor of Connecticut, where he grew up, and the Legal Assistance Foundation, a legal aid provider in Chicago. He received a B.S. in cognitive science at Yale University and graduated in 2017.

  • Chris Shenton

    Chris Shenton is a third-year student at NYU School of Law and the 2020-21 Frances Moelis Fellow at the NYU Furman Center. Chris graduated from UC San Diego with a B.A. in Literature/Creative Writing in 2014, and continued working at the university before coming to NYU. Chris is interested in how land use policy affects affordable housing, fair housing, and racial inequality, and hopes to work on housing justice and sustainable development after law school.

  • Isaiah Williams

    Isaiah is a Master of Public Administration candidate specializing in Health Public Finance at NYU Wagner. Before working at the Furman Center, he interned at the New York State Department of Financial Services (DFS) in the newly created Research and Innovation division, where he researched the evolving fintech. environment in New York State. Isaiah is interested in the use of economic and financial data to find innovative ways to address inequities in healthcare access and outcomes in underserved communities. As an undergraduate student, Isaiah attended NYU CAS, where he completed his B.A. in Public Policy while also obtaining minors in Public Health and Political Science.