1. Shiloah Coley

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    Shiloah is an artist, researcher, and cultural worker with experience collaborating with marginalized communities to design and co-create projects, programs, and exhibitions grounded in using the arts as a tool for liberation, agency-activation, and community building. She designed curriculum and facilitated projects with the Madison Public Library, Play Africa, and The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

    She worked as a researcher with the Billie Holiday Center for Liberation Arts at Johns Hopkins University, where she investigated the implications of digital redlining on cultural preservation in Black communities. She also created educational zines and a database of free digital and tech resources in the city of Baltimore to aid Baltimoreans in their pursuit of preserving their history. Previously, she was a Sherman Fairchild Foundation Fellow at The Phillips Collection, where she collaborated with community partners at their off-site location in Southeast DC, Phillips@THEARC, to support exhibitions and collaborate on creative storytelling and promotional materials.

  2. Pratik Dubey

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    Pratik Dubey is the Strategic Partnerships Associate at Van Alen Institute. Most recently, he served as the Anti-Gentrification Organizer at Nuestra Comunidad in Boston, Massachusetts where he developed community engagement tools to ensure that development projects within the community addressed the needs of residents without exacerbating displacement. Pratik has worked extensively on community-driven planning and development initiatives during his time at the Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority and Boston City Council. With a background in policy analysis, he also served as a research associate at The Global Resilience Institute. Pratik received his Masters in Public Policy from Northeastern University in 2022.

  3. Diana Araujo

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    Diana is an architect and preservationist with experience in participatory design, urban planning, and heritage management.

    Before joining Van Alen, Diana worked internationally as a heritage consultant and as the Director of Strategic Management for the Metropolitan Institute of Heritage (IMP) in Quito, Ecuador. At IMP, she led projects to re-think heritage as a tool for social and economic development and worked with local and international allies to advance planning and preservation strategies using a community-based approach.

    After joining Van Alen, Diana has project managed community-center programs including Neighborhoods Now and Lucid. Through her work she has focused on expanding the support required for community-led projects  and impact evaluation. As the current Associate Director of programs, she’s working on program development, institutional evaluation, and systems thinking across all departments.

  4. Annie Ferreira

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    Annie Ferreira is the Strategic Partnerships Manager at Van Alen Institute. Previously, she worked at CitySquash, a youth development program in the Bronx, where she ran the boarding school and mentorship program, and Brooklyn Law School, where she worked in the Public Service Law Center. Annie graduated from Wesleyan University where she was a History major and wrote her thesis on how coeducation impacted the physical layout of the University.

  5. Scott Kelly

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    Scott Kelly is the Communications and Graphic Design Coordinator at Van Alen Institute.

  6. Kate Overbeck

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    Kate Overbeck is the Director of Strategic Partnerships at Van Alen Institute. Prior to joining Van Alen, Kate held the position of Associate Director of Strategic Partnerships at 100 Resilient Cities, an initiative of the Rockefeller Foundation focused on helping cities survive and thrive in the face of the physical, social and environmental challenges of the 21st century. She brings extensive experience cultivating partnerships with corporations, foundations, governments and academic institutions to catalyze impact through program development, strategic initiatives, marketing communications and high profile convenings. Kate graduated from Boston University with a B.A. in Cultural Anthropology.

  7. Deborah Marton

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    Deborah Marton is Executive Director of Van Alen Institute, an independent non-profit working to create equitable cities through inclusive design. A leading voice on the intersection of environmental and social justice, she was previously Executive Director of New York Restoration Project, where she completed fulfillment of the private sector commitment to plant a million trees as part of New York City’s MillionTreesNYC initiative and lead creation and/or renovation of more than 50 community garden spaces throughout New York City’s most under resourced communities. In her previous role as Executive Director of the Design Trust for Public Space, Deborah launched the Taxi 07 program, resulting in a new purpose-built NYC taxi. As project director at James Corner Field Operations, she led the original Fresh Kills Master Plan team. Deborah was a program director for the New York City Dept. of Parks Natural Resources Group, and has lectured broadly, including as adjunct professor at the Univ. of Pennsylvania Weitzman School of Design. Early in her career, Deborah was an associate with the law firm Willkie Farr & Gallagher. Deborah holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Pennsylvania, a J.D. from New York University School of Law, and a Master of Landscape Architecture from the Harvard Graduate School of Design.

  8. Alisha Kim Levin

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    Alisha Kim Levin is the Director of Communications at Van Alen Institute, where she oversees all communications efforts including marketing, media relations, and digital content strategy to support the organization’s design competitions, public programs, research, and special initiatives. Prior to joining Van Alen, Alisha held the position of Manager, Global Communications at the Guggenheim Museum. She initially joined the museum as part of the project team for the BMW Guggenheim Lab—a multiyear project hosting public programming around architecture, design, and city life across three continents—which sparked a lasting interest in urban design and policy. She then led advertising, media relations, and digital media strategies for several of the Guggenheim’s major international and cross-cultural initiatives. Alisha graduated from New York University with a B.A. in Art History and English Literature.

  9. Andrew Brown

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    At Van Alen, Andrew oversees programs that mobilize designers to address pressing challenges in communities. Andrew is a researcher trained in empirical analysis of programs and public policy and his work often explores how designers, city leaders, and communities can work together to create healthier, more prosperous neighborhoods. He has developed a wide range of programs: workshops that help U.S. mayors promote shared prosperity through urban design; tours that help people visualize and understand how built environments impact mental health and the brain; and public conversations about the ways design can promote more inclusive, equitable, and beautiful cities. Andrew received his Master of Public Administration from the Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service at New York University. He received his Bachelors in History from Williams College.