Our Team

  • Todd Baker

    Todd Baker is a first-year Masters in Public Administration student at NYU Wagner interested in how innovative economic tools help residents shape their own lives and communities. Originally from outside Detroit, Michigan, Todd received his undergraduate degree in Economics and Ethnic Studies from Brown University. He spent the last few years at an affordable homeownership non-profit helping to implement foreclosure-prevention programs, and now resides in the Bronx.

  • 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. 

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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, English Literature, and Data Science. She is interested in 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. 

  • Aashika Nagarajan

    Aashika Nagarajan is a first-year MPA candidate specializing in Public Policy Analysis at NYU Wagner. She is interested in how equitable housing and land use policies can reduce residential segregation and advance economic mobility for low-income people of color. She previously worked as a consultant at FSG, where she conducted research and advised foundations on the design and implementation of philanthropic strategies and initiatives to reduce racial and economic inequality in U.S. communities. Aashika received a B.S. in Health: Science, Society, and Policy (HSSP) and Business from Brandeis University in 2017.

  • Andrew Paraiso

    Andrew is a first-year Master of Urban Planning candidate at NYU Wagner. He is particularly interested in the intersection of urban planning and economic development, with focuses on housing and international development planning. Prior to his enrollment at Wagner, he worked as Project Assistant at Shelter Centre, a humanitarian NGO that specializes in emergency and transitional settlement post-crises across the globe. Andrew received his B.A. in Economics from the University of California, Berkeley in the Spring of 2020. 

  • 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. 

  • David Tisel

    David Tisel is a 2L at NYU Law and a Staff Editor on the Review of Law and Social Change. Prior to Law School, David completed a Masters in City Planning at MIT and a Bachelor of Arts from Oberlin College. He has five years of experience in affordable housing and community development, starting as an Americorps VISTA at City First Homes in Washington, D.C., and then as a Project Manager at the Somerville Community Corporation in Massachusetts. David is passionate about preventing evictions and displacement, and about giving residents control over their housing.

  • Viviana Vizcaino

    Viviana Vizcaino is a first-year graduate student in NYU Wagner and a Georgina and Charlotte Bloomberg Public Service Fellow. She is pursuing a Master of Urban Planning degree with a specialization in City and Community Planning, focusing on economic development of neighborhoods and their residents. Prior to NYU, she worked in the real estate and community development space, most recently at Urbane. She holds a B.A. in Economics and Public Policy from CUNY Baruch. 

  • 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.