Program Manager

Samira Behrooz

Samira Behrooz joined the Design Trust staff in August 2017 after spending three years at the City of Toronto. She worked with Toronto’s City Planning Department focusing on heritage planning and urban design studies, and worked earlier, as a Toronto Urban Fellow, on healthy public policies and Complete Streets Guidelines. Before joining the City, she consulted on the Public Realm Plan for the Toronto Financial District Business Improvement Area. Samira holds a Master of Urban Development (MPl) from Ryerson University, and a Master of Historic Preservation and a BArch from Tehran Azad University. Email Samira.

Executive Director

Susan Chin

Susan Chin, FAIA, Hon. ASLA, leads the Design Trust for Public Space, a nationally recognized incubator that transforms and evolves the city’s landscape with public agencies and community collaborators since 1995. She has overseen key projects, such as Five Borough Farm, Making Midtown, Under the Elevated and Laying the Groundwork.

Prior to joining the Design Trust, Susan served as Assistant Commissioner for Capital Projects at NYC Department of Cultural Affairs for over 20 years, supporting more than $3 billion in new construction, revitalization and public art projects citywide. She served as 2013/2014 Vice President on the American Institute of Architects board, and received numerous awards, including AIA New York State’s 2013 James William Kideney Gold Medal and 2011 Del Gaudio Award, Loeb Fellowship at Harvard and Distinguished Alumna from Ohio State University. Email Susan. 

Director of Programs

Rosamond Fletcher

Rosamond Fletcher joined the Design Trust staff in November 2012 after spending six years at the Center for Architecture/AIA New York Chapter producing exhibitions and programs, including: Glimpses of New York and Amsterdam in 2040, Jugaad Urbanism: Resourceful Strategies for Indian Cities and Our Cities Ourselves: The Future of Transportation in Urban Life

Rosamond brings extensive experience managing multidisciplinary project teams, as well as securing grant funding and building strategic partnerships. She holds a Master of Environmental Design from the Yale School of Architecture and a BArch from the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD). She is also an avid urban gardener. Email Rosamond. 

Communications Manager

Ozgur Gungor

Ozgur Gungor joined the Design Trust staff in March 2014 after spending four years at the New York-based public relations and communication strategy group Blue Medium. He has worked with cultural and design communities locally and internationally, including Friends of the High Line, El Museo del Barrio, and Shenzhen & Hong Kong Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture, among others. He holds an MFA in Visual Arts from Rutgers University and a BA in Studio Art and East Asian Studies from Carleton College. Email Ozgur.

2017-2018 Equitable Public Space Fellow

Carlos Mandeville

Carlos Mandeville joined Design Trust in June 2016 after a year at a New York-based media consulting start-up. He studied Geography at Vassar College to engage his interest in using multidisciplinary methods to analyze the challenges to equitable access in urban space. His work for Environment Defense Fund (EDF) in which he researched how cities were discussing environmental justice and inclusive models for clean energy generation reflects this inquisitive approach. In addition to getting published in Forbes Energy for an article he co-wrote at EDF, he received distinction on his thesis, which analyzed how current trends of development in Downtown Phoenix reflect and reproduce historical spatial territoriality. Email Carlos. 

Development Assistant

Maureen Millmore

Maureen Millmore joined the Design Trust staff in May 2017. Maureen has worked as a fundraiser for a number of New York cultural institutions, including the Whitney Museum of American Art, Brooklyn Botanic Garden, and Four Freedoms Park Conservancy. She holds a B.A. in Art History and Economics from Mount Holyoke College, and is currently earning an MS in Nonprofit Management from Columbia University. Email Maureen.

2017-2018 Equitable Public Space Fellow

Luisa Santos

Luisa Santos joined the Design Trust team as the Equitable Public Space Fellow working to assess the impacts of projects, to advance implementation of project recommendations, and to develop infrastructure for sharing lessons learned. Luisa has an immigrant lived experience and a background in organizing for social justice, particularly in the environmental, anti-displacement, and labor movements. Having come from robust public programs, Luisa champions the public realm as space that can be reclaimed by subaltern social groups for self-determining collective subjectivities, reasserting cultural knowledge, and building community wealth. Email Luisa.

Director of Development

Alisa Schierman

Alisa Schierman recently joined the Design Trust staff in August 2017. She has over two decades of non-profit management and fundraising experience. Most recently she had a consulting practice working with small performing arts organizations. Alisa was also the Director of Development at New York Theatre Workshop (NYTW) from 2008 until 2015 where in partnership with NYTW’s leadership was able to turn a $1 million deficit into a $2 million cash reserve.

Her areas of expertise include: board development, major gift and individual giving strategy, as well as a deep knowledge of foundation fundraising. Alisa holds a Master’s Degree in Urban Affairs from Hunter College. She is also a classically trained singer and a member of the New York Community Chorus. Email Alisa. 

Executive Assistant/Special Projects Manager

Martha Snow

Martha Snow joined the Design Trust in December 2015, after completing the Coro Fellowship in Public Affairs in New York City. During her year as a Coro Fellow, Martha furthered her love for using creative practices to address social issues through work with organizations like The Open Society Foundations, New York Public Radio, and city government. She can even be found onscreen in Season 12 of the PBS Documentary Series Roadtrip Nation interviewing inspirational designers across the country. She received her BS in American Studies from Skidmore College, and in her free time, she is an enthusiastic modern dancer, podcast-listener, and large dog lover. Email Martha. 

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