the studio team

Amina Hassen | She, her, hers | B.A. American Studies & Visual Arts

Amina considers urban planning as a tool for social justice. She is interested in social inclusion, affordable housing, public space, and working to create equitable communities.

Katie Garrett | She, her, hers | B.A. Sociology and English, Hofstra University

Katie is interested in environmental protection, sustainable development, walkability, and waste management. She is currently working on a campaign with the National Parks Conservation Association to make the Stonewall Inn site the first national park unit celebrating LGBTQ rights.  


Melissa Plaut | She, her, hers | B.A. Cultural Studies/Critical Theory and Analysis; Gender Studies, University of New Mexico

Melissa’s research centers around the impact of innovative technologies on labor, transportation, and the urban environment. She will be a Program Fellow at TransitCenter in 2016.

Nina Psoncak | She, her, hers |  B.A. International Relations, Boston University

Nina is interested in equitable urban development, public spaces, and affordable housing. She works full-time as the publications assistant at the Russell Sage Foundation, a social science research foundation.

Nick Addamo | He, him, his | B.A. Geography & Urban Studies, University of Connecticut

Nick focuses his studies on land use, zoning, public space, and transportation in his pursuit of a general practice concentration. He recently interned at the NYC Department of City Planning, and currently interns for the Department of Transportation.

Shannon Jordy | She, her, hers | B.S. Corporate Communications, University of Texas, Austin

Shannon has a deep interest in public transit policy, planning for aging populations, and accessibility issues. She comes to Hunter with a 12-year career focused primarily in writing and digital strategy, with a nearly four-year stint in workforce development policy.

Zachary Bloom | He, him, his | B.A. English, UMass Amherst

Zach has taken a broad range of classes covering city governance, planning history and theory, transportation, urban economics, and land use. He currently works part-time as the intern in the System Safety & Environmental Management division at PATH.