The Center for an Urban Future is a NYC-based think tank dedicated to highlighting the critical opportunities and challenges facing New York and other cities, and providing fresh ideas and workable solutions to policymakers. The Center’s primary focus is on growing and diversifying the local economy, expanding economic opportunity and targeting problems facing low-income and working-class neighborhoods. We consistently elevate important, but long overlooked, issues onto the radar of public officials—and we push policymakers to think differently about economic and workforce development.
The Center does this through publishing fact-based research reports that are accessible to a wide audience and holding high-profile policy forums.
Center for an Urban Future’s parent organization is City Futures, Inc., a non-profit 501(c)(3). EIN: 13-3185114.
Jonathan Bowles | Executive Director | 212.479.3347 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Jonathan Bowles is the Executive Director of the Center for an Urban Future, a Manhattan-based think tank dedicated to independent research about key policy issues facing New York and other cities. During his 12 years at the Center, he has been the architect of the policy agenda for the Center and is responsible for making it one of New York's most innovative and influential organizations and one in which its policy ideas are well-respected and widely used by policymakers, business leaders, and nonprofit practitioners.
At the Center, Jonathan has authored more than two-dozen reports, including a widely acclaimed 2007 study about the significant impact immigrant entrepreneurs are having on cities' economies, an influential study about New York City's innovation economy and a report about how to retain and grow New York's middle class. He has been asked to be a guest contributor for the New York Times, the Daily News and The Council on Foreign Relations on a range of urban issues including New York City's need to diversify its economy and immigrant entrepreneurs. His research about key economic trends facing New York and its five boroughs, the value of small businesses to cities, and the economic impact of industries ranging from air cargo to biotechnology has been covered in publications ranging from the New York Times and USA Today to The Economist. Jonathan is a frequent moderator and speaker at conferences and panel discussions on urban policy in New York and nationally.
In November 2008, the New York Times' City Room blog featured him in their "Ask the Expert" column, in which he fielded questions from readers for one week about the challenges facing immigrant entrepreneurs. He served on Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer's Small Business Task Force in 2008 to examine the threats facing mom and pop retailers in the borough. In 2006, City Hall News named him one of 35 "Rising Stars Under 40" and in 2005, Time Out New York named him "New York's Finest Troublemaker."
Before joining the Center, he worked as research director for former New York State Senator Franz Leichter and spent time as a freelance journalist.
Ahmad Dowla | Deputy Director | 212.479.3319 | email@example.com
Ahmad Dowla has been with the Center for an Urban Future since 2006 and now serves as its Deputy Director. In this role, he manages the Center's various projects and oversees development, communications and implementation of organizational strategies, policies and practices. He is also the developer behind the Center's website and the designer behind Center publications and materials. He attended the Bronx High School of Science and CUNY Hunter. Ahmad currently lives in Queens.
Jeanette Estima | Research Associate | 212.479.3351 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Jeanette Estima is a Research Associate for the Center for an Urban Future. She comes to the Center with a diverse background that is tied together by her love of analysis and interest in social justice. She previously worked as the Morgan Stanley/ANHD Community Development Fellow based at WHEDco in the South Bronx, where she did research and pre-development planning on affordable housing for elder musicians as well as research on the Bronx Music Heritage Center and access to healthy food. While completing her MS in Urban Policy Analysis and Management at The New School, she directed her studies with client-based projects in community and economic development and social policy. Prior to that, she wrote proposals and managed grants at Amnesty International USA, and managed membership for Lambda Legal. Before joining the non-profit sector, Jeanette completed graduate work in Philosophy at the University of Virginia, where she researched and taught in the areas of consciousness and ethics. Jeanette received her BA in Philosophy from Bard College. She lives in Brooklyn, where there is usually something growing on the fire escape and something cooking in the kitchen.
Adam Forman | Senior Researcher | 212.479.3352 | email@example.com
Adam Forman is a Senior Researcher at the Center for an Urban Future, where he has authored several reports for the Center on topics ranging from the arts economy to city infrastructure. His editorials have appeared in local and national media outlets including TIME, The Guardian, New York Daily News, New York Post, Gotham Gazette, City Limits, and Next City. He was recently recognized by City & State as a “40 Under 40 Rising Star” in New York City politics. Adam has previously worked at the NYC Public Advocate’s Office, in tax and trade consulting and as a freelance writer. He received his B.A. from Colgate University in economics and an M.A. in political science from the University of Washington. Adam currently lives in Brooklyn.
Christian González-Rivera | Senior Researcher | 212.479.3341 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Christian González-Rivera is a Senior Researcher at the Center for an Urban Future, where he primarily works on workforce development policy, and has authored a study on older immigrants in New York City. Before coming to CUF he worked at the Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy at New York University, and spent four years as the research manager at the Greenlining Institute in Berkeley, California, where he authored and supported research on housing, philanthropy, diversity in the healthcare workforce, access to financial services, consumer protection, and the green economy. His work has been covered in both English- and Spanish-language media outlets, including the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Daily News, Next City, La Opinión, Univision, NY1, WNYC, KPFA, and others. He holds a BA in urban studies from Columbia University and a masters in urban planning from New York University's Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. He lives in Manhattan, and together with his partner Aleks he likes to go hiking and camping in America's most beautiful places.
Tom Hilliard | Senior Researcher | 212.479.3344 x355 | email@example.com
Tom Hilliard is a Senior Researcher at the Center for an Urban Future. He has authored numerous studies and commentaries for the Center, including influential analyses of youth in foster care, career pathways, and the changing national workforce development system. He has previously conducted public policy research and development at the Schuyler Center for Analysis and Advocacy, the NYC Office of Public Advocate, Public Citizen’s Congress Watch, and Earthworks. He has also worked as a consultant for organizations around the country, and as a freelance journalist, with articles in The Village Voice, The Progressive, Canoe & Paddle, Newsday and Metroland. He received a B.A. from Auburn University and an M.P.P. from Rutgers University’s Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy.
Amy Parker | Communications and Operations Associate | 212.479.3348 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Amy Parker is the Communications and Operations Associate for the Center for an Urban Future, a position which brings together her interest in urban policy issues and her experience managing communications and media relations. Before coming to the Center, Amy worked for the East Village Community Coalition, where she assisted small business owners in forming a local merchants association. In New York, she also worked as the Communications Manager for The Blossom Avenue, an Italian architecture and development firm that recently expanded to New York City. In 2013, Amy graduated with distinction from the London School of Economics with a masters in City Design and Social Science. She received her BA in Political Science from the University of Texas in Austin. Amy loves exploring the city, and learning about its history, architecture, and communities.
Gifford Miller, Miller Strategies (Chairman)
Michael Connor, Open Mic (Vice-Chair)
Max Neukirchen, JPMorgan Chase (Treasurer)
Blake Foote (Secretary)
John H. Alschuler, HR&A Advisors
Margaret Anadu, Goldman Sachs
Jonathan Bowles, Center for an Urban Future
Russell Dubner, Edelman US
Lisa Gomez, L+M Development Partners
Jalak Jobanputra, FuturePerfect Ventures
David Lebenstein, Cushman & Wakefield
Eric S. Lee, Bennett Midland, LLC
Monisha Nariani, Citigroup
Andrew Reicher, UHAB
John Siegal, Baker & Hostetler LLP
Stephen Sigmund, Global Gateway Alliance
Thomas Vecchione, Gensler
Robert Zimmerman, Zimmerman/Edelson Inc
The Center for an Urban Future (CUF) is accepting applications for a part-time Editor. The Editor will be responsible for editing policy reports, commentaries, policy briefs, proposals, press releases, newsletters, conference agendas and other publications to maintain the highest level of quality and to ensure that our written products are easy-to-read and accessible to a wide audience.
The Editor will edit a wide range of CUF written products to improve clarity and readability. The Editor will be part of editorial meetings during the research and writing phase of our publications, working closely with CUF’s research director as well as the authors of our publications. The Editor will then provide substantive edits—from basic copy edits to structural rewrites—that are needed to bring our publications to the finish line.
The ideal candidate should have a proven track record of editing policy reports, exceptional editing, writing and proofreading skills and a familiarity with the New York City policy landscape. Successful candidates should have at least two years of copyediting or editorial/writing experience in communications, journalism, publishing, or related field; a strong commitment to editorial and content accuracy with a keen attention to detail; excellent organizational skills; and a proven ability to meet deadlines.
The position is part time and the salary is commensurate with experience.
Send resume, cover letter and at least two writing/editing samples to: email@example.com. No phone calls please. The Center is an equal-opportunity employer that is committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive workplace. We welcome applications from all qualified individuals regardless of race, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, religion, physical or mental disability, marital status, veteran status, or other factors protected by law.
The Center for an Urban Future is a NYC-based think tank dedicated to highlighting the critical opportunities and challenges facing New York and other cities, and providing fresh ideas and workable solutions to policymakers. The Center's primary focus is on growing and diversifying the local economy, expanding economic opportunity and targeting problems facing low-income and working-class neighborhoods.
We hire interns for three cohorts: Spring (January to May), Summer (May to August), and Fall (August to December). We accept applications on a rolling basis, so in the subject line of your email please indicate the cohort(s) and internship for which you would be interested in applying.
The Center for an Urban Future (CUF) is an independent nonprofit public policy research think-tank that produces innovative analysis on economic development and workforce development issues in New York City, with a focus on promoting economic diversity while creating opportunities for disadvantaged populations and lower-skill workers.
Our work seeks to highlight issues within our fields of focus that tend to fly under the radar in mainstream policy discussions. In recent years, CUF’s research has shined a spotlight on the role of immigrant entrepreneurs as economic engines for many outer-borough neighborhoods, the rise of the design and tech fields in the city, the role of public libraries as human capital institutions, and how community colleges are a crucial and underleveraged element in the city’s workforce development system.
The Center seeks interns with experience in journalism or public policy research to support our work. Responsibilities can include extensive phone interviews, Web research, data analysis, and writing. Other duties include coordinating meetings with government officials and attending policy meetings.
Skills and attributes we seek are:
- Strong writing and oral communications skills
- Ability to synthesize ideas clearly and concisely
- Ability to conduct effective interviews over the phone and in person
- High level of competency in using Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
- At least some experience with public data sources like the US Census and the Bureau of Labor Statistics
- An interest in economic development, urban planning, workforce development, and higher education issues
We prefer current graduate students or those with advanced degrees in public policy, urban planning, journalism, economics, government, social science, or related fields, though we will also consider accomplished undergraduate students. Our internship program is very competitive and attracts talented undergraduate and graduate students from across the country and around the world.
You must be able to commit to at least 20 hours a week. This is an unpaid internship that can be used for college credit where applicable, but we provide a small stipend at the end of the internship to help offset travel expenses. Send resume with cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We maintain a friendly and open working environment and encourage people of all backgrounds: age, race, ethnicity, gender, creed, and sexual orientation to apply.
The Center for an Urban Future (CUF) seeks a Communications/Events Assistant to help produce high-profile events, research new development opportunities, manage organizational databases, and assist with communications logistics. This internship is ideal for someone looking for experience in event planning, nonprofit management and development and communications. He/she will be working for a small, yet nimble and impactful think tank that conducts research on economic development and workforce development issues in New York City.
- Research. The Communications/Events Assistant will research new development opportunities, communications approaches, and organizational contacts.
- Writing & Communications. He/she will produce clear and concise memos to help CUF’s Operations staff and Executive Director make key decisions about development, operations and communications; and will also be asked to provide edits and proof-reading for CUF’s website, event outreach and press correspondence.
- Event Planning. He/she will be a part of CUF’s events team, involved in producing high-quality events. This will include liaising with event partners, such as venue staff, vendors, panelists and attendees; and also assisting with catering decisions and logistics, planning layout and format, researching event participants, corresponding with attendees, producing event materials (both digital and print), and helping with logistics on the day-of.
- Attention to detail. He/she must be detail-oriented. Exactitude and precision must be shown when maintaining databases of contacts, proof-reading communications to the public and the press, and liaising with a wide range of stakeholders.
- Time management and multi-tasking. This role will require managing several tasks, prioritizing them based on a variety of timelines and pivoting to different tasks as deadlines are modified.
- Willingness to learn. He/she must be willing to learn new skills, approaches and tactics.
- Goal-oriented perspective. The Communications/Events Assistant must be able to grasp the broader organizational goals and think strategically about how to accomplish them through individual assignments.
This position is for the fall semester of 2015.
The position requires 30 hours a week.
The internship offers a $1000/mo stipend and may be used for college credit where applicable.
Send resume with cover letter to email@example.com.
The Center is an equal-opportunity employer that is committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive workplace. We welcome applications from all qualified individuals regardless of race, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, religion, physical or mental disability, marital status, veteran status, or other factors protected by law.
The Center for an Urban Future gratefully acknowledges the support of the following foundations: