Making Policy Public
October 27
A program of the Center for Urban Pedagogy (CUP)

2012 Collaborators

Increasing Immigrants’ Access to Banks
Designer: Mary Voorhees Meehan and Neil Donnelly
Advocate: Remás

Fracking in the Delaware River Watershed
Designer: Papercut
Advocate: Damascus Citizens for Sustainability

The Domestic Workers Bill of Rights
Designer: Damon Locks
Advocate: Domestic Workers United (DWU)

Banks on the Fringe
Designer: Manuel Miranda
Advocate: Neighborhood Economic Development Advocacy Project (NEDAP)


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Increasing Immigrants’ Access to Banks
Fracking in the Delaware River Watershed
The Domestic Workers Bill of Rights
Banks on the Fringe

Mary Voorhees Meehan and Neil Donnelly

Neil Donnelly and Mary Voorhees Meehan are graphic designers who work in print, identity, interactive, exhibition, and motion design. Their clients include Yale University, Williams College, the New Museum, the Guggenheim Museum, The New York Times, Storefront for Art and Architecture, The New School, and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. They have been working together since meeting in the graphic design MFA program at Yale. Both are active design educators and live and work in Brooklyn.


Brendan McBride has worked in affordable housing development for over ten years. In 2010, he founded Remás, a nonprofit organization motivated by the belief that people everywhere, no matter who they are or where they come from, should have access to information that improves their financial options in life. He has written about microfinance, housing, and immigration issues for United Nations Habitat, Habitat for Humanity and as a Kiva Fellow. Brendan earned a B.A. in Anthropology from Amherst College and a M.Sc. in Urban Development and Management from Erasmus University in the Netherlands. He enjoys cooking, biking, and embarrassing himself in foreign languages.


Minh Anh Vo & Victor Schuft are two French graphic designers, though their names may sound either Vietnamese or German. Minh Anh was born in Annecy and grew up in Paris. Victor comes from Troyes. They met in Brussels, where they studied Graphic Design and Typography at La Cambre School of Arts. After graduating in 2006, they decided to move to Los Angeles and eventually got married at LAX. They are now living and working in Brooklyn.

Damascus Citizens for Sustainability

In February 2008, concerned residents formed Damascus Citizens for Sustainability (DCS) to protect this invaluable water resource which has been targeted by the gas extraction industry. The Delaware River Watershed provides drinking water for some 20 million people from four states: New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware.  Drilling into the shale rock that lies below this watershed to extract the natural gas would introduce a long list of toxic chemicals into the environment, thus putting drinking water at risk. DCS has helped to lead the charge to stop the drilling through public education, legal action and grass-roots organizing.

Damon Locks

Damon Locks's work often revolves around people and their landscape. He works in a combination of drawing, photography, digital manipulation and silk screening. The work can feel socially political or fantastically abstract in its narrative, sometimes stepping out of the realm of image making and presenting itself as button-like objects, or sometimes like newspapers as art with text to further blur the lines between the real and the artistically described world presented. He began his schooling at SVA in NYC as an illustration major but later transferred to The School of The Art Institute in Chicago where he received his BFA in Fine Arts.

Domestic Workers United

Founded in 2000, Domestic Workers United (DWU) is a membership-based organization of nannies, housekeepers, and elder caregivers organizing for power, respect, fair labor standards, and to help build a movement for social change. Over the last 10 years, DWU has laid a strong foundation for the transformation of the domestic work industry by building a grassroots membership base of 4,500 workers. In 2010, DWU and its allies brought their power to bear when the nation's first Domestic Workers Bill of Rights was signed into law in New York. New York domestic workers are now guaranteed basic rights and protections, including paid days off, overtime, and protection from discrimination.

Manuel Miranda

Manuel Miranda likes helping individuals and organizations graphically articulate their values, ideas, products, services, and spaces to the public. After completing his MFA in Graphic Design at Yale in 2005, he spent several years at Ogilvy and Mather and 2×4, Inc. Since 2010, he has run his own studio and works on projects for The Center for Architecture, The New School, NYC&Company, NYC Office of the Mayor, and Van Alen Institute. He is also a critic in graphic design at the Yale School of Art. Manuel will be working with CUP on the upcoming Banks on the Fringe MPP.


Neighborhood Economic Development Advocacy Project (NEDAP) is a resource and advocacy center for community groups in New York City. Its mission is to promote community economic justice and to eliminate discriminatory economic practices that harm communities and perpetuate inequality and poverty. NEDAP employs multiple strategies – including community outreach and education, advocacy, coalition organizing, policy research and analysis, media outreach, technical support for community groups, and direct legal services – to expand access to fair and affordable credit and financial services needed to develop and sustain healthy and safe communities. Founded in 1995, NEDAP has worked with local groups to secure bank branches in their communities; organize community development financial institutions; help homeowners avert foreclosures; and win legislative and regulatory reforms to curb predatory lending and abusive debt collection practices.