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The Center for an Urban Future (CUF) is a catalyst for smart and sustainable policies that reduce inequality, increase economic mobility, and grow the economy in New York City. An independent, nonpartisan policy organization, CUF uses fact-based research to elevate important and often overlooked issues onto the radar of policymakers and advance practical solutions that strengthen New York and help all New Yorkers participate in the city’s rising prosperity.

For 20 years, CUF has consistently shaped the policy debate around economic opportunity in New York by publishing reports that are widely covered in the media, highly readable and anchored in rigorous research rather than preconceived notions about outcome.

CUF’s efforts to create a more prosperous, equitable and inclusive New York span many topics and policy areas, and are unified by three common aims:

  • Growing New York City’s economy and boosting the number of middle income jobs; and
  • Helping more people develop the skills and credentials needed to access careers that put them on the path to the middle class;
  • Making New York City—and its many and diverse neighborhoods—a better place to live.

City Futures, Inc. d.b.a. Center for an Urban Future is a non-profit 501(c)(3) with EIN: 13-3185114. 


Staff


Jonathan Bowles  |  Executive Director  |  212.479.3347 |  jbowles@nycfuture.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 twelve 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 a guest contributor for the New York Times, the Daily News, and the Council on Foreign Relations on a range of urban issues including the need to diversify New York City's economy and the importance of 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.


Eli Dvorkin  |  Managing Editor  |  212.479.3319 |  edvorkin@nycfuture.org

Eli Dvorkin is the Managing Editor of the Center for an Urban Future, where he oversees the development of all publications. Prior to joining the Center, he served as a staff editor at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), editing and producing books, reports, and digital projects by CFR fellows and other experts on the most pressing issues facing U.S. foreign policy. Eli has been an editor and journalist for more than a decade, including stints at Kickstarter and Flavorpill in New York, and the Hurriyet Daily News in Istanbul, Turkey.

Eli is also a passionate arts organizer and founding member of the Silent Barn, a multidisciplinary community arts space in Bushwick, Brooklyn. He served as operations manager for the Sketchbook Project, a traveling library of artists’ sketchbooks from around the world, where he led two nationwide touring exhibitions. Eli curates a series of all-ages experimental music and art events under the name Black Plastic Bag. He graduated from Columbia University, where he co-hosted a radio program on WBAR. Eli lives with his wife, Hillary Reeves, in Ridgewood, Queens.


Charlie Euchner  |  Fisher Fellow  |  212.479.3353 |  charlie@nycfuture.org

Charles Euchner, the Fisher Fellow for the Middle Class Jobs Initiative, has explored urban issues for 25 years as a college professor, city planner, think tanker, and author.

Most recently, Charlie was a case and editor writer at Yale School of Management where he explored Manchester United, the Samsung-Apple rivalry, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, AARP’s new marketing and outreach strategies, the San Miguel amaranth company, the General Services Administration, the cleanup of the Chesapeake Bay, Maryland’s “global budgeting” health care reform, and the Ebola scare in the United States. The founding executive director of the Rappaport Institute at Harvard University, Charlie has also been associate director of the Center for Urban and Regional Policy at Northeastern University and coordinator of the City of Boston’s longterm planning process. He was also staff writer for Education Week.

Charlie is the author of books on civil rights (Nobody Turn Me Around), public policy (Playing the Field and Urban Policy Reconsidered, with Stephen McGovern), protest and demonstrations (Extraordinary Politics), presidential elections (Selecting the President, with John Maltese), baseball (The Last Nine Innings and Little League, Big Dreams), and writing (The Elements of Writing).

Educated at Vanderbilt University (BA) and the Johns Hopkins University (MA, PhD), Euchner has taught political science at the College of the Holy Cross, St. Mary’s College of Maryland, and the University of Pennsylvania; writing at Yale University; and journalism at SUNY Purchase.


Christian González-Rivera  |  Senior Researcher  |  212.479.3341 |  cgr@nycfuture.org

Christian González-Rivera is a Senior Researcher at the Center for an Urban Future, where he focuses on workforce development policy and the issues facing immigrants in New York City. Before coming to CUF, Christian 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. In 2016 City and State named Christian one of their New York City 40 Under 40 Rising Stars. 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, City and State, 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  |  212.479.3379 |  thilliard@nycfuture.org

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 BA from Auburn University and an MPP from Rutgers University’s Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy.


Hayley kaplan  |  Communications and Operations Manager  |  212.479.3351 |  hkaplan@nycfuture.org

Hayley Kaplan is the Communications and Operations Manager of the Center for an Urban Future, where she oversees communications, fundraising, and operations strategy. Hayley has a divergent background in business development and communications, as well as in public policy, real estate, and finance. Prior to joining the Center, Hayley was the General Manager of City & State Reports, an affiliate of City & State magazine, where she planned biweekly social responsibility events and conferences, edited publications, and managed integrated partnerships. She was also Business Development Associate at Hundred Stories PR, directing all new client and partnership development.

A journalist by trade, Hayley was a reporter and freelancer at the Real Deal, The Deal, and the Hollywood Reporter, breaking numerous news stories and authoring dozens of features. She's a graduate of the Missouri School of Journalism and a proud resident of Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn.



Board


Gifford Miller, Miller Strategies (Chairman)

Michael Connor, Open Mic (Vice-Chair)

Max Neukirchen, JPMorgan Chase (Treasurer)

Blake Foote, Management Consultant (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

Kyle Kimball, Con Edison

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


Jobs


Policy Director

The Center for an Urban Future (CUF), an independent policy organization that publishes studies focused on the critical issues affecting New York City's future, seeks a Policy Director with exceptional writing skills and significant experience navigating the New York City policy landscape.

CUF is a catalyst for smart and sustainable policies that reduce inequality, increase economic mobility, and grow the economy in New York City. We use fact-based research to elevate important and often overlooked issues onto the radar of policymakers and advance practical solutions that strengthen New York and help all New Yorkers participate in the city's rising prosperity.

Responsibilities

As a member of CUF's senior management team, the Policy Director will play a key role in expanding CUF's reach and impact to shape the policy debate around economic opportunity in New York City. The Policy Director will help CUF publish op-eds, data briefs, and other materials that enable CUF to weigh in on issues that are core to the organization's mission and advance the findings and recommendations from our policy reports. The Policy Director will also help us cultivate partnerships with government officials and organizations that can help implement CUF's policy recommendations.

The Policy Director will take on the following responsibilities:

  • Write op-eds, data briefs, and other publications that build on the findings and recommendations from CUF's policy reports.
  • Research and write timely commentaries, data briefs, and other publications that enable CUF to weigh in on critical issues and news events.
  • Develop and foster partnerships—public, private, and philanthropic—that advance uptake and spread of CUF's policy recommendations.
  • Curate a pipeline of research ideas and help select topical themes for CUF's agenda.
  • Represent CUF in various public settings, including forums, policy briefings, and other meetings.
  • Initiate and sustain strong, meaningful relationships with external allies including grassroots advocacy organizations, policy organizations, academics, and government officials.
  • Assist in fundraising activities, including grant writing and reporting, building strong relationships with foundation staff and individual donors, and identifying new sources of funds.
  • Conduct communications and outreach, including government testimony, public speaking, and print and broadcast media interviews.
  • Work closely with the Executive Director to prioritize and articulate CUF's policy agenda and organizational direction.

Qualifications

We are looking for an entrepreneurial individual with at least 5 years of experience working in a public policy setting. Successful candidates will have the following qualifications:

  • Strong relationships with policymakers and a proven record of working in or with local government
  • Outstanding written and oral communication skills, with direct experience authoring opinion pieces
  • Experience and demonstrated skills managing complex projects
  • The ability to articulate a concept and vision in a way that is compelling to government, community, and private-sector partners
  • Expertise in issues relating to economic development and economic opportunity

How to Apply

The position is full time and the salary is commensurate with experience. Additionally, the Center provides a generous benefits package. Send resume, cover letter and at least one writing sample to policydirector@nycfuture.org. No phone calls please. An independent, nonpartisan policy organization, 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.

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Policy Researcher

The Center for an Urban Future (CUF), an independent policy organization that publishes studies focused on the critical issues affecting New York City's future, seeks a Policy Researcher with exceptional writing skills and significant experience in researching and reporting on urban policy issues.

CUF is a catalyst for smart and sustainable policies that reduce inequality, increase economic mobility, and grow the economy in New York City. We use fact-based research to elevate important and often overlooked issues onto the radar of policymakers and advance practical solutions that strengthen New York and help all New Yorkers participate in the city's rising prosperity.

Responsibilities

The Policy Researcher will serve as lead researcher and author on policy reports about key issues affecting New York City, with a focus on economic development, workforce development, urban planning, transit, and infrastructure. The Policy Researcher will also author data briefs and commentaries to provide timely insight on relevant topics and collaborate with CUF's exceptional research team. The ideal applicant should have a proven record of authoring published policy reports or articles, writing skillfully for a broad audience, and understanding the New York City policymaking landscape.

We are looking for an entrepreneurial individual with outstanding writing and critical thinking skills; experience conducting interviews; familiarity with public data sources; and knowledge of the New York City policy environment, especially regarding economic development, urban planning, and workforce development or human capital development issues. Successful candidates should have at least three years of work experience in public policy, journalism, or government; a graduate degree in public policy, urban planning, journalism, economics, government, social science, or a related field; excellent communication skills; strong collaborative skills; and the ability to make independent decisions regarding planning, organizing, and scheduling work. The ideal candidate will have a passion for New York City and the drive to understand the city's challenges and opportunities.

How to Apply

The position is full time and the salary is commensurate with experience. Additionally, the Center provides a generous benefits package. To apply, please send resume, cover letter, and at least one writing sample to researcher@nycfuture.org. No phone calls please. An independent, nonpartisan policy organization, 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.

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Internships


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.

Policy Research Internship


Policy Research Internship

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 intern@nycfuture.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.