Research Assistants

Who We Are: Research Assistants


Lily Gordon-Koven is a Master of Urban Planning Candidate at NYU lilyWagner, with a Environment, Infrastructure, and Transportation specialization. She holds a B.A. in Geography and Urban Studies from Macalester College in Saint Paul, Minnesota. While in Saint Paul, Lily worked on community engagement and safe streets projects surrounding the new Green Line Light Rail Corridor. Before coming to Wagner, Lily worked as a subsidized housing case manager and a Complete Streets Fellow at the National Complete Streets Coalition in Chicago. She is interested in equitable access to public transportation, pedestrian and bicycle safety and planning, and public space.

Jorge Hernandez is a Master of Urban Planning candidate (2016) at NYU Wagner, with a International Development

Jorge Hernandez - Research Assistant
Jorge Hernandez – Research Assistant

specialization.Jorge obtained his B.A. in Urban Studies and Planning from U.C. San Diego and during his undergraduate career has interned and volunteered with various organizations focused on environmental and equitable planning. He has also participated in various research programs, where he has investigated themes ranging from local community planning to Mexican migration and their associations with environmental, transportation, and economic variables. Jorge is interested in sustainable and equitable solutions to problems in developing countries. More specifically, he hopes to work with countries undergoing rapid urbanization to form innovating solutions to environmental and transportation issues.

Nolan Levenson is a Master of Urban Planning Candidate (2014) at nolanNYU Wagner, with a Environment, Infrastructure, and Transportation specialization. After working as a Community Liaison on the Purple Line Light Rail project in Maryland, Nolan has returned home to New York City. Before moving to Baltimore, he attended Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota where he majored in Geography and Urban Studies. While at Macalester, he had the opportunity to study abroad in Ecuador, and learn extensively about Bus Rapid Transit and pedestrian safety in Quito. He is particularly interested in equitable public transit development and has had multiple jobs and internships related to community engagement and transit projects. He is also interested in pedestrian and bicycle planning, transit-oriented development, and geographic analysis.

danheadshotDaniel Rathman is a Master of Urban Planning (2015) candidate at NYU Wagner. He earned a B.A. in economics from Tufts University and did undergraduate research on the determinants of local television ratings in Major League Baseball. Daniel served as editor-in-chief of The Tufts Daily student-run newspaper in the spring of 2012, has previously interned at New England Sports Network, and is currently a writer and editor for Baseball Prospectus. He is interested in the ways professional sports facilities impact transportation in big cities, and in the applications of Geographic Information Systems. Daniel was born and raised in San Francisco.

Emily Rhodes is a Master of Urban Planning Candidate at NYU emilyheadshotWagner specializing in Environment, Infrastructure and Transportation. Previously Emily served as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Outreach Supervisor at Met Council. In this position, she developed and oversaw a citywide program aimed at reducing the effects of food insecurity throughout New York City. She is interested in planning policies and practices that improve transportation systems and increase access to vital city resources. Emily holds a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology and Sociology with a concentration in Urban Affairs from Kalamazoo College in Michigan.

Justin Tyndall is a Master of Urban Planning Candidate at NYU Wagner. He completed a B.A. in Economics from the University of British Columbia, as well as a M.A. in Economics from the University of Victoria.  His Master’s Essay at the University of Victoria focused on understanding the impact of urban sprawl on citizen well-being. Justin is interested in urban policy as it pertains to transportation, housing, regional planning, and applications of big data. Justin is an international student from Vancouver, Canada.
Lauren Holter, Office Assistant, is a senior undergraduate at NYU laurenCollege of Arts and Science double majoring in journalism and metropolitan studies. Lauren has previously interned at the International Business Times, InStyle Czech Republic, and New York Daily News, and is currently interning at amNewYork. She is interested in writing about how city infrastructure affects the population. She grew up in Arkansas and Colorado.

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