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. 

  • Madelaine Britt

    Madelaine Britt is a Master of Urban Planning candidate, with a concentration in housing and economic development, at NYU Wagner. Having grown up in Rochester NY, she is passionate about furthering the research and implementation of housing policy rooted in economic and racial justice, particularly in Rust Belt cities. Her research interests include the development of community land trusts as well as methods for authentic engagement in planning practice. Before joining Wagner, she worked for the City of New York as an urban planner in East Harlem, supporting anti-displacement and merchant organizing efforts in the commercial corridors. Additionally, she worked with the D.C. Office of Food Policy as an Emerson National Hunger Fellow, where she conducted research and data visualization on disparities in food access across the District. Madelaine holds a B.A. in Environmental Design. 

  • Max Brueckner-Humphreys

    Max Brueckner-Humphreys is currently a MS candidate in Applied Urban Science and Informatics at NYU CUSP. 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.

  • Jiaqi Dong

    Jiaqi Dong is a second year Master of Urban Planning student, with a specialization in Urban Analytics. She graduated from NYU Shanghai in 2018 with a B.S. degree, 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. 

  • 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. 

  • Ayesha Lilaoonwala

    Ayesha Lilaoonwala is a second year, full-time Master of Urban Planning candidate at NYU Wagner, specializing in Economic Development and Housing. She is particularly interested in the development and preservation of affordable housing and alleviating homelessness. Prior to NYU, she worked for a small international development firm in the Washington D.C. area that focuses on monitoring and evaluating projects for USAID. She holds a B.A. in Environmental Studies with a minor in Economics from Bucknell University.

  • 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.

  • 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. 

  • Krystle Okafor

    Krystle Okafor is a JD candidate, Root-Tilden-Kern Scholar, and Moelis Urban Law and Public Affairs Fellow at the New York University School of Law with a background in urban and social policy. Krystle works to move the needle for low-income families and communities. Before her time at NYU, Krystle was a policy analyst within the Philadelphia Office of Community Empowerment and Opportunity and a legislative assistant within the affordable housing practice group of a Washington, DC, law firm. She holds an MS in social work from the University of Pennsylvania and a BA in government and politics from the University of Maryland. Now in her second year at NYU, Krystle is exploring the connections between place and opportunity and the tensions between urban economics and urban political economy.  

  • 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. 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.

  • 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 is a third-year student at NYU School of Law. 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.