Making Policy Public
October 1
A program of the Center for Urban Pedagogy (CUP)

2013 Collaborators

Responsible Banking
Designer: MANY
Advocate: Association for Neighborhood and Housing Development

Rent Regulation Rights
Designer: IntraCollaborative
Advocate: CAAAV Organizing Asian Communities

The Path to Park Improvements
Designer: Noel Cunningham
Advocate: New Yorkers For Parks

Community Input in Public School Decision-making
Designer: Silas Munro
Advocate: Teachers Unite


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Responsible Banking
Rent Regulation Rights
The Path to Park Improvements
Community Input in Public School Decision-making


MANY is a design studio based in New York City, founded by Christina Beard and Andrew Shea. MANY develops solutions in a range of mediums for a variety of clients. They have collaborated on projects since meeting at Maryland Institute College of Art, where they earned their MFA in graphic design. Both are active design educators and writers.Shea’s recently published new book, Designing for Social Change: Strategies for Community-Based Graphic Design features projects and strategies to help designers work more effectively with communities.Their individual design work and writing has been featured in Core77, AIGA, Designer’s Review of Books, Communication Arts, HOW, and Change Observer, among others. They are committed to creating meaningful design that positively impacts society and they partner with people and organizations who share that passion.


ANHD is a 501c3 membership organization founded in 1974, comprised of 98 nonprofit neighborhood housing groups serving low- and moderate-income New Yorkers. Over the past decade alone, ANHD’s training, policy research, advocacy, strategic communications, and leadership development for grassroots groups and residents has leveraged over $1.3 billion for affordable housing, rescued over 30,000 apartments and 160 buildings for low-income residents, and created break through policies for community development.


IntraCollaborative is David Frisco, Chantal Fischzang, Natalie Sims, Richard Hall and Leigh Mignogna. Our recipe is an educational methodology: a designer/professor with many years experience combining design with public service, and three former and one current Pratt Communications Design MFA students who've worked closely for the last several years.

The name IntraCollaborative speaks to our unique working relationship and history of mutual collaboration. We extend principles of the academic setting into real communities, working jointly to unravel complex issues and develop communication tools aimed at social reform. We share a strong belief in design as an agent of change.


Founded by Asian women as the Committee Against Anti-Asian Violence in 1986, CAAAV is one of the first pan-Asian grassroots organizations in the U.S. to educate and provide advocacy on behalf of victims of hate crimes.  CAAAV Organizing Asian Communities works to build grassroots community leadership and power across diverse low-income Asian immigrant and refugee communities in New York City to fight for institutional change towards racial, gender and economic justice.

Elana Schlenker

Elana Schlenker is an independent graphic designer, art director, and the publisher of Gratuitous Type, an annual magazine offering interviews and projects from contemporary creatives. Prior to the establishment of her studio practice, Elana worked as an art director at Condé Nast and a designer at Princeton Architectural Press and Rodale.

New Yorkers For Parks

NY4P is the citywide independent organization championing quality parks and open spaces for all New Yorkers in all neighborhoods.

Silas Munro

Silas Munro is Chair of the MFA Program in Graphic Design at Vermont College of Fine Arts. His mission is in service of beautiful, smart design with empathy for humanity.
Before his current practice, Munro was Design Director at Housing Works in New York, Designer-In-Residence at NC State and Design Fellow at the Walker in Minneapolis. He holds a MFA and BFA in Graphic Design from CalArts and RISD, respectively.
Based in Miami, Munro’s From the Desk of: creates design for varied audiences across media that has won awards from ADC, AIGA, Print and SAPPI Ideas that Matter. Silas' writing about design has been published by GOOD, SpeakUp and the Walker.

Teachers Unite

Teachers Unite is an independent membership organization of public school educators supporting collaboration between parents, youth and educators fighting for social justice. TU organizes teachers around human rights issues that impact New York City public school communities, and offers collaborative leadership training for educators, parents and youth. Teachers Unite has participated in the successful Student Safety Act Campaign which requires the Department of Education to report to City Council on the numbers of suspensions, expulsions, arrests and student-police altercations in schools. Our 2008 report, "Teachers Talk: School Culture, Safety and Human Rights", brought teachers' voices to the debate about discipline and safety in schools, and opened the door for meetings and dialogue between Department of Education officials, youth and advocate groups that was not otherwise possible. We are currently the only educator organization in both the national and local Dignity in Schools Campaign, a youth-led coalition that works with schools and calls on the NYC Department of Education to implement positive restorative justice practices rather than punitive school safety and school discipline measures. Our newly released report, "Your Schools, Your Voice: The Impact of Mayoral Control on Community Participation is Schools" serves as a companion to the MPP poster project.