Research Assistants

Who We Are: Research Assistants


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

Sam Levy is a Master of Urban Planning candidate (2016) at NYU Wagner, with a Housing and Economic Development specialization.  He earned his B.A. in Anthropology from Grinnell College in Iowa in 2011 and spent the last three years working for Stanford University in their Land Use and Environmental Planning Department.  While there, he also worked with the Stanford Law School and did a spatial-statistical analysis of county preparedness for California’s prison realignment (AB 109).

Rose Martinez is a Master of Urban Planning Candidate (2016) at NYU Wagner specializing in Environment, Infrastructure and Transportation. She completed her B.A. in Metropolitan Studies at NYU, as well. She previously worked as a project assistant at NYU Wagner’s Research Center for Leadership in Action for a comparative study on how local community efforts are addressing urban problems arising from the 2008 recession in low-income neighborhoods in New York City and in Barcelona. She is interested in engaging youth, local residents, and laypeople in processes of the built environment. She hopes to see improvements to accessibility on New York’s public transit for the elderly and disabled. Rose was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York.

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