Our Team

  • Anna Benoit

    Anna Benoit is a second year Master's Student of Applied Statistics for Social Science Research at NYU Steinhardt. Her research interests are in affordable housing, neighborhood change, cash transfers, and relationships between race, income, and space. Previously, she worked as a research assistant on housing stability studies in Chicago and New York. She graduated with a BA in International Affairs from George Washington University in 2018.

  • Isabella Black

    Isabella Black is a senior 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. 

  • 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.

  • Hannah Gorman

    Hannah Gorman is a first-year Master of Public Administration candidate at NYU Wagner, focusing on Public Policy Analysis. Prior to Wagner, she worked as a data analyst in the media and advertising industries. Hannah holds a B.A. in Political Science from Columbia University. She is interested in access to affordable housing and using data and technology to support urban policy. 

  • Jennah Gosciak

    Jennah Gosciak is a first-year Master of Urban Planning student and a Henry Hart Rice Urban Studies Fellow. They're interested in the intersections of urban planning and data science, specifically leveraging the power of open data to improve policymaking in cities and support community-driven initiatives. Prior to Wagner, Jennah worked as a programmer at Mathematica where they supported RCTs, impact evaluations, and descriptive studies on policy issues related to education, child welfare, labor, and family support. Jennah graduated from Brown University in 2019 with a B.A. in Applied Mathematics and Urban Studies.

  • David Hamburger

    David Sunshine Hamburger is a second-year law student at NYU.  David graduated from Columbia University with a B.A in Political Science. After graduation he taught English in Kolkata, India as a Fulbright-Nehru Fellow.  Following his time in India, David was a visiting researcher at Universidad Diego Portales in Santiago, Chile where he studied how Chilean public schools taught students about indigenous communities.  David also spent a year as a Work First Fellow where he assisted unemployed Brooklynites in developing the knowledge and skills they needed to obtain jobs. David is interested in public housing and housing discrimination.

  • 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.

  • 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. 

  • Zi Lin Liang

    Zi Lin Liang is a Master of Public Administration candidate, specializing in Public Policy, at NYU Wagner. She is interested in the intersection of housing, education, and equitable access to socioeconomic mobility. Zi Lin is also a 2021-2022 John D. Solomon Fellow at New York City Emergency Management. Prior to Wagner, she worked in sales and marketing in the consumer goods and ecommerce industries. Zi Lin holds a B.S. in Retail Management and Public Relations from Syracuse University.

  • 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.

  • Mariela Mannion

    Mariela Mannion is a second year student at NYU School of Law. She is interested in affordable housing and the intersection between housing stability and child and family welfare. Prior to law school she worked for Schoolhouse Partners, a consulting firm that advised non-profits and government agencies working in the education and social services sector. She graduated with a BA in Economics from Brown University in 2016, where she worked as an education policy research assistant. 

  • Liz Miller

    Liz Miller is a first-year student in the MPA program specializing in Policy at NYU Wagner. She previously served as an AmeriCorps math fellow assisting middle schoolers at Great Oaks Charter School (GONYC). At GONYC, Liz also had the opportunity to intern as a data associate, analyzing and visualizing student and teacher performance data. Her interests include understanding the changing dynamics within urban areas, equitable development, affordable housing, and the usage of data analysis in research. Liz graduated from the University of Connecticut in 2020 with a BA in Economics. 

  • 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.

  • Austin Parks

    Austin Parks is a second-year student at NYU School of Law. She is interested in how land use policy can be leveraged to promote both community and environmental wellbeing. Before starting law school, she worked at Smart Growth America in Washington, D.C., where she supported legislative advocacy for sustainable urban development. Austin graduated from the University of Virginia in 2018 with a B.A. in Global Development Studies, with a concentration in Environments and Sustainability.

  • J.R. Reed

    J.R. is a first-year Master of Urban Planning student and a Georgina and Charlotte Bloomberg Public Service Fellow at NYU Wagner. He's especially interested in how cities can expand affordable housing while promoting inclusive, community-led development strategies. J.R. joined Wagner and the Furman Center after spending five years in broadcast news. Most recently, he was a field producer based in CNBC's San Francisco bureau, where he covered the tech industry, startup culture, and California's economy. J.R. graduated from Yale University in 2016, double majoring in Economics and Political Science, with a concentration in urban policy. His coursework culminated in a thesis on inequitable transportation planning in his hometown of Chicago.

  • Patrick Spauster

    Patrick Spauster is a MS Candidate in Urban Planning at NYU Wagner and a Georgina and Charlotte Bloomberg Public Service Fellow. Patrick joins NYU from the Urban Institute, where he was a research Analyst in the Metropolitan Housing and Communities Center working on quantitative and qualitative projects in homelessness, housing affordability, housing vouchers, housing discrimination, fair housing, and zoning. He's interested in the power of research, data, and communications to transform housing policy. Spauster holds a BA in Public Policy and a Minor in Economics from Davidson College, where he was a leader in the service community on campus.

  • Maria Stojanovic

    Maria Stojanovic is a JD candidate at New York University interested in land use regulation, sustainable development, and affordable housing. Prior to law school, Maria worked as a real estate appraiser. She holds a degree in Urban Design and Architecture Studies and in Romance Languages from New York University. 

  • 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.

  • Iris Zhao

    Iris Zhao is an office assistant at the NYU Furman Center. She is an undergraduate student studying Economics and double minoring in Linguistics and Business Studies.  She is interested in learning more about economic policy on housing and its impact on low-income communities in New York City.