Research Scientists & Research Assistants
Rachel Wise, previously served as a research assistant at the NYU Rudin Center while completing her Masters in Public Administration at NYU Wagner in 2018. In her new position, she continues to gather research, conduct literature reviews, author reports, and craft presentations on a number of topics falling within the urban planning field, among them: theories of networked urbanism; the centralizing and decentralizing forces of enhanced communication technologies on spatial development; and the physical and nonphysical infrastructures that support truly smart cities. Rachel holds a BA in economics from NYU.
Dominic Sonkowsky is a Master of Urban Planning candidate (2021) at NYU Wagner specializing in City and Community Planning. He received his B.A. in Economics from Swarthmore College in 2018 with a minor in Chinese. Previously, he was a paralegal at a Manhattan litigation boutique focusing on real estate, corporate, and legal malpractice disputes. Currently, he also volunteers with community organization Welcome to Chinatown. He is interested in how cities can reduce car dependence and create people-friendly, walkable places.
Alexander Yamron is a Master of Urban Planning candidate (2021) at NYU Wagner specializing in City and Community Planning. He received his B.A. in Economics from Georgetown University in 2017 with minors in Government and Environmental Studies. Previously, he worked in economic consulting developing pay equity tools, and volunteered as a transit advocate for regional rail in the Boston region. He is interested in how land use and transit can work together to provide housing, access to resources, and sustainable mobility for all.
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