Our Team

  • Corina Minden-Birkenmaier

    Corina Minden-Birkenmaier is a second-year student at NYU School of Law. She is especially interested in affordable housing, tenant protections, and eviction prevention. In addition to her work at the Furman Center, Corina is currently interning at Queens Legal Services in the Housing Unit. Corina graduated from Fordham University with a B.A. in International Political Economy. Before law school, she served as a Jesuit Volunteer for two years, one at Catholic Charities Refugee Resettlement and one at the Southern Center for Human 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.

  • Makenzie Davis

    Makenzie Davis is an office assistant at the NYU Furman Center. She is an undergraduate student studying Drama at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts with double minor concentrations in Producing and the Business of Entertainment, Media, and Technology at the Leonard N. Stern School of Business. Makenzie is interested in learning about NYC housing infrastructures and how to safely provide support and access to displaced Black and brown communities. 

  • 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.

  • Eliza Ezrapour

    Eliza Ezrapour is a JD/Masters in Urban planning candidate, specializing in Housing and Economic Development. She received her bachelor's degree in Geography and French from Dartmouth College in 2018. Eliza is interested in researching location-based differences in the impact of affordable housing policies.

  • 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.

  • 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.   

  • 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.

  • 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. 

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 its impact on low-income communities in New York City.