Alexandra Castillo-Kesper is a research-based activist with experience in and commitment to creating a more equitable city for underserved populations.With teaching experience and a background in the arts, Alexandra takes a holistic and human-centered approach to increase meaningful civic engagement. She holds a Master of Arts in Art History from the University of Southern California and a Master of Science in Design and Urban Ecologies from Parsons The New School for Design.
Caitlin Charlet holds a Master of Fine Art from the University of Arizona and a Master of Science in Design and Urban Ecologies from Parsons The New School for Design. She has lectured, taught, given workshops and focus groups, participated on panel talks, juries and reviews as well as worked and consulted for many team projects and publications and consulted extensively on topics that range from contemporary art to urban studies to mapping including The Graduate Center, CUNY, New York; Fashion Institute of Technology, NY; Pratt University, NY; Empire State College, NY; City University of New York; Art Studio School of New York; Art Center 92nd St. Y, New York; University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona. Currently, she is a fellow at NYU as part of the Global Learning and Innovation Team working with International (Shanghai, New York and Abu Dhabi) faculty developing interactive mapping tools and geospatial data bases to aid curriculum using student-collected data, historical records and open source data.
Caitlin Charlet is also the founder of studioMAP_studioSWAP an online map based search tool for creatives to find swappable workspace or artist residencies. She is also the creator of the online mapping platform SHARING THE AIR : CREATING A COMMUNITY AIR TRUST that visualizes components of failing air quality in various neighborhoods in Brooklyn, New York.
Steve McFarland has taught geography, urban studies, and GIS at Sarah Lawrence College, Columbia University, and the City University of New York. He has a Masters in Regional Planning from Cornell University, and will earn his PhD in Geography from the CUNY Graduate Center in October 2014. In 2014-2015 he will be Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Urban Studies at Queens College. He has been active in PSC-CUNY, and with the CUNY Adjunct Project, since 2008.