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Updated: Oct 13

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ELLIS Prep Academy students present their vision for the Kingsbridge Armory in the Bronx, featuring a 3-D model made in Minecraft

The Next Generation of Urban Planners Urban planning vision, ideas, and expertise can come at any age, as demonstrated by ELLIS Prep Academy students in the Bronx. A group of high school juniors and seniors recently met with Analysts Yuri Chang and Michaela Kramer for a virtual field trip to Karp Strategies. In a dynamic virtual setting, Yuri and Michaela shared their recent work conducting stakeholder engagement in Baldwin, Long Island and designing infographics for a market analysis in Long Island City, Queens, and answered questions about their career paths and the best practices for effective outreach. Students then led the way, sharing their ideas and work.

The students presented their process towards developing a community-forward vision of the Bronx’s Kingsbridge Armory as a neighborhood anchor. Working with APA-NYM Diversity Committee and Mission Society of New York, the students are researching the site, surveying community members to learn about local needs and priorities, and building a 3-D model of the armory using Minecraft, a video game. Thank you to the APA-NYM Diversity Committee for leading this initiative, and thank you to the incredible students from ELLIS Prep Academy who visited with us.


We were thrilled to continue the conversation with high school students this week at a virtual open house, convened by female leaders working in architecture, construction, engineering, and planning. Michaela Kramer will speak on a panel alongside other industry professionals about opportunities for young people to get engaged in the field. Thank you in advance to the students who are joining us this week.


The ELLIS Academy students and open house participants exemplify how urban planning, when made accessible, is a powerful tool for collaboration and engagement within one’s community. If any company or organization is interested in taking steps toward promoting access to learning, employment, and exposure to students or young professionals and is interested in sharing ideas, please reach out! We are eager to connect and support other organizations committed to promoting a more accessible industry. Karp Strategies will also be hosting Open Houses and career exploration conversations with students on a regular basis. If your organization or school would like to engage, connect with us.

Congratulations New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) for being name a 2020 Wellbeing Cities Award winner for their outstanding work on the Connected Communities Initiative and Guidebook. The award recognizes the initiative for its support of cohesive communities. Karp Strategies is proud to have supported Connected Communities in delivering its strategic plan to scale this incredible initiative. Learn more about Karp Strategies' involvement in the project on our website and read a recent op-ed by Rebecca Karp and Nicholas Bloom in the Daily News about the importance of reimagining NYCHA campuses.


Every year, our team looks forward to the Hindsight Conference, offered by the APA-NYM Diversity Committee, for its incredible lineup of cross-sector leaders sharing creative ways for achieving more inclusive, just, and equitable communities. This year’s virtual conference, taking place November 12 - 13, is themed Our Health, Our Future, and calls on planners and policymakers to center racial justice in understanding health and the environment. Join us at Hindsight by registering here.


Welcome to the team, Gopinath Gnanakumar Malathi

Gopinath joins the team as a Graduate Analyst, leveraging his experience working with geospatial analytics to explore the intersection between people and their environment. He uses data collection, analysis, and visualization to support development efforts. Learn more about Gopi.


Welcome to the team, Stephanie Silva

Stephanie brings expertise in community engagement, resilient development, and urban design to her role as Graduate Analyst at Karp Strategies. She is passionate about utilizing creative methods to communicate complex information to stakeholders. Learn more about Stephanie.


Jen Becker is named a 2020 Notable Woman of Consulting Congratulations Jen Becker for being named Crain’s2020 Notable Woman of Consulting. The honor celebrates women shaping the consulting industry. In 2020, Jen advised on several large-scale port infrastructure projects, supported private developers in pursuing offshore wind development, and supported Karp Strategies team members as a mentor. Congratulations Jen and all of the honorees.

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AWEA Offshore WINDPOWER Virtual Summit 2020, October 13 - 14 | Tune in to hear Rebecca Karp discuss "Meaningful Community Engagement in a time of COVID" during a panel on October 14th at AWEA's annual event. Join us.


IEDC Virtual 2020 Annual Conference, October 13 - 16 | IEDC’s annual conference begins today. The three-day event brings together leaders promoting resilient and sustainable communities. Don’t miss Tania Marinos speaking tomorrow alongside Contente Terry and Rob Hunden, presenting “Partnering with Real Estate Developers and Site Selectors in Creating a Community Engagement Toolkit”, and Ali Sutherland-Brown on a panel with Lara Fritts and Tom Difiore discussing “Salvaging Downtowns in the Wake of Closures”. Register here. ABNY: The X Factor: The Latinx Community and the Future of New York, October 14, 2:00 PM | Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with a conversation commemorating the contributions of Hispanic-Latinx Americans on New York City. Register here.


Urban Design Forum: Power After the Pandemic, October 15, 12:00 PM | Tune in for a discussion about the future of community finance and community development after COVID-19. Register here.


ACE NY: Re-Energize New York - Build Back Greener, October 27 - 28 | The Alliance for a Clean Energy New York’s 14 Annual Fall Conference will highlight New York’s ambitious clean energy goals and programs, and the role they can play in job creation and economic stimulus. Register here. Karp Strategies and Arch Street Virtual Toolkit Webinar, October 30, 1:00 PM | Join Karp Strategies and Arch Street Communications CEOs, Rebecca Karp and Nora Madonick, as they share a free virtual toolkit to support you in delivering inclusive and comprehensive engagement. Sign up here to receive the toolkit in your inbox soon, along with more details about the upcoming webinar.


Karp Strategies Learning Club, November 10, 6:00 PM | Join a discussion on the future of mass transit in a post-pandemic world at the November installment of the Karp Strategies Learning Club. Snag your spot here and connect with us on LinkedIn for details and updates.


Updated: Sep 15


A conversation about shared streets at the inaugural Karp Strategies Learning Club The Karp Strategies team gathered with urban planning professionals, students, and others invested in the future of cities for a conversation about shared streets during the first edition of the Karp Strategies Learning Club. The group discussed two articles: “The Unrealized Potential of New York City’s Open Streets” by Transportation Alternatives, and “'Safe Streets’ Are Not Safe For Black Lives” by Destiny Thomas from City Lab in a conversation moderated by Ali Sutherland-Brown. While open streets policy and design served as the conversation starter, the dialogue quickly evolved to consider the possibilities for fair and just urban planning and the importance of centering community voices. Many concluded that the increasing demand for shared streets in the time of COVID-19 illustrates a need, more generally, for equitable and transparent planning that promotes meaningful public participation. As we partake in Open Streets locally in New York City and observe and advise trends nationwide, we are eager to hear what others are thinking and doing in this space. Thank you to all who joined us— what a robust conversation!

Interested in participating in the November 10th edition of the Karp Strategies Learning Club? RSVP here and stay tuned to hear what issue we'll be digging into next. Have ideas for topics to discuss, articles to read, films to view, and how to take the discussion to action? Drop us a line.

Karp Strategies gets certified as an SBE and WBE in Boston and New Jersey

Karp Strategies is now certified as a Small Business Enterprise (SBE) and a Women-owned Business Enterprise (WBE) in Boston and as an SBE and Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) in New Jersey. For the last several years, we have been thrilled to support teaming partners as an SBE, WBE, and DBE certified firm in New York and as an SBE and DBE with the Port Authority of New & New Jersey to fufil or exceed diversity and inclusion goals by city and state governments. Thank you to the fantastic team at The Mayor’s Office of Economic Development in Boston and the Disadvantaged and Small Business Program Unit at NJDOT for your support in completing the process!


Interested in partnering with Karp Strategies on economic community development, real estate analysis, offshore wind, or other projects in Boston and New Jersey?Connect with us.



Two team members join Coro Leadership New York

Congratulations Joseph Sutkowi and Jose Medrano for being accepted to Coro Leadership New York (LNY) in the upcoming 2020-2021 cohorts. Karp Strategies is proud to partner with Coro as a corporate sponsor and is thrilled that Joseph and Jose join Rebecca Karp, Cali Williams, Jen Becker, Ali Sutherland Brown, and Tania Marinos, all of whom are past Coro participants. Coro works to promote a diversity of civic leaders across sectors to explore the city’s most pressing social, political, and economic issues. Congratulations to the entire 2020-2021 LNY cohort!


Karp Strategies and Arch Street Communications join forces to design a Virtual Engagement Toolkit

Karp Strategies has partnered with Arch Street Communications to develop a Virtual Engagement Toolkit— a resource for learning about and experimenting with the best online platforms for engaging stakeholders. The toolkit provides the best practices for using digital tools to connect, inform, and collaborate with your colleagues and community in accessible and effective ways. Look out for the release of the toolkit in your inbox soon.


Opportunity Alert!

The Center for Urban Pedagogy (CUP) is hiring a Program Manager! We are proud to support CUP's work. This role supports a wide variety of community-driven design, engagement, and programming on CUP's Community Education Team. Please share with your networks and consider applying today.



Join us as we keep our finger on the pulse of key issues impacting our region.


City of Houston Office of Business Opportunity: Access Granted | Rebecca Karp spoke alongside Kyra Rénel Hardwick, Julia Hogan-McNeil, Layle McKelvey, and Tiffany Townsend in a discussion about the benefits of small business collaboration and collaboration with government. Watch the recorded webinar here. ABNY: Black Leadership in New York City: Hon. Letitia James, NYS Attorney General, September 15, 11:00 AM | Tune in to a conversation with between Hon. Letitia James and Melva Miller on power, politics, and racial justice. RSVP here. New York Building Congress: ASCENT: Borough-Based Jails Program, September 22, 11:00 AM | Join Cali Williams in attending a conversation about the Borough-Based Jails Program and the closing of Rikers Island Jail Complex, including a discussion on decarceration and addressing racial and social inequalities in NYC. RSVP here.


CoreNet 2020 Corporate Real Estate Awards for Excellence, September 24, 5:00 PM | Join CoreNet as they announce the 2020 Corporate Real Estate Awards, including the award for Young Leader of the Year, which Ali Sutherland Brown is a finalist for. Register here.


ASLA-NY, AIA-NY, APA-NYM Annual Conference: At Every Scale, September 24 - 25 | Join and Chery Lim and Michaela Kramer in attending a multidisciplinary conference examining how current events have shaped public health, transportation, and technology. Register here. AWEA Offshore WINDPOWER Virtual Summit 2020, October 13 - 14 | Tune in to hear Rebecca Karp discuss "Meaningful Community Engagement in a time of COVID" during a panel at AWEA's annual event. Join us. IEDC VIrtual 2020 Annual Conference, October 13-16 | This year's conference focuses on building resilient and sustainable communities that thrive. Rebecca Karp is thrilled to speaking alongside Rob Hunden at "Partnering with Real Estate Developers and Site Selectors in Creating a Community Engagement Toolkit". Ali Sutherland Brown is participating in a panel discussing "Salvaging Downtowns in the Wake of Closures". Register here.

Want to continue the conversation? We’d love to hear from you. As always, we welcome the opportunity to connect with your network of partners and clients or to work with you. Feel free to drop us a line at info@karpstrategies.com



This month, YourLIC (a consortium of four stakeholders: TF Cornerstone, MAG Partners, Simon Baron Development, and Plaxall), published the Long Island Mixed-Use District Study. Karp Strategies prepared the report, which assesses the feasibility of a mixed-use district with innovative programming and local economic development on a site in Long Island City, Queens. The comprehensive market analysis draws from commercial and industrial profiles, built environment assessments, national and international case studies, and research into the local culture, community, workforce development, and small business. 

Check out the full study, our work on the project on our website, and our client's initiative for more information. 

Karp Strategies to Support NYDERSA Offshore Wind Stakeholder Engagement 

Karp Strategies is excited to announce our latest project in support of the growing offshore wind industry. We will be working with the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) whose goal is to bring 9,000 megawatts of offshore wind energy to New York State by 2035. We have partnered with NYSERDA to plan and execute stakeholder engagement in support of their goals. Learn more about the project here


Learn more about NYSERDA's offshore wind projects on their website.


Launching the Karp Strategies Learning Club We are thrilled to debut the Karp Strategies Learning Club! This new initiative is an opportunity for planning professionals, students, and other curious people interested in thinking deeply about cities to meet around key issues in the field. Each month, we will focus on a different hot topic via reading, film, discussion, and more.

Interested in joining the conversation? The Learning Club will take place on the second Tuesday of every month. RSVP to participate in the September 8th edition of The Learning Club, where we will discuss two articles: “The Unrealized Potential of New York City’s Open Streets” by Transportation Alternatives, and “'Safe Streets’ Are Not Safe For Black Lives” from City Lab in a discussion about open and shared streets moderated by Karp Strategies’ own, Ali Sutherland-BrownSnag your spot here.


Rebecca Karp Awarded Crain's Crain's Rising Star in Real Estate Award and Globe St. Real Estate Forum 2020 Woman of Influence Congratulations Rebecca Karp for being named a Rising Star in Real Estate by Crain’s New York. The award recognizes a select list of professionals working in real estate, development, and related fields for their integrity, accomplishments, contributions to the profession and community. Learn more about the award and the 2020 honorees here.


Rebecca has also been honored by GlobeSt Real Estate Forum as a 2020 Woman of Influence. The award recognizes women who have made a distinctive mark in commercial real estate. Learn more award the award and the group of honorees that Rebecca is proud to be a member of on our blog. Rebecca works closely with our clients in the areas of real estate, community and economic development, and in 2020, is proud to be working on real estate projects from LIC, Queens to Atlanta, GA to Cambridge, MA.


Ali Sutherland Brown Nominated for CoreNet 2020 Young Leader of the Year

Congratulations Ali Sutherland-Brown for being nominated as a 2020 Young Leader of the Year in NYC’s Corporate Real Estate Industry by CoreNet New York City. Learn more about the award and join CoreNet in celebrating the nominees’ accomplishments on September 24, 2020.


New Team Members

Karp Strategies has continued to grow over the past several months. We are pleased to introduce our newest team members and collaborators. 

Welcome to the Team, Cali Williams

Principal

Cali Williams brings over 15 years of experience working to advance equitable economic development, neighborhood planning, and public-private partnerships. Learn more about Cali here.



Welcome to the Team, Zeineb Sellami 

Graduate Analyst

Zeineb Sellami joins Karp Strategies with experience in community engagement, spatial analysis, and architectural design. She dedicates her planning practice to improving quality of life in cities. Learn more about Zeineb here.



Welcome to the Team, Trish Cafferky

Graduate Analyst

Trish Cafferky is passionate about analyzing and visualizing the needs of communities. At Karp Strategies, she is engaged in research, market analysis, and data visualization. Learn more about Trish here.

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PENCIL’s Career Panel | Yuri Chang spoke recently about her educational and professional journey, including her work at Karp Strategies. Watch the recorded webinar here


New York Needs More Equitable, Collaborative, and Transparent Urban Planning | Rebecca Karp and Cali Williams co-wrote an op-ed in Crain’s that calls for system change in the planning and development process. Read the article on our blog


City of Houston Office of Business Opportunity: Access Granted, August 13, 2 - 3 PM | Rebecca Karp will be speaking alongside Kyra Rénel Hardwick, Julia Hogan-McNeil, Layle McKelvey, and Tiffany Townsend together to discuss the benefits of small business collaboration and collaboration with government. Event details here


RPA Keeping it Moving: The Future of Carpooling, August 18, 1 - 2 PM | Join for a discussion about the opportunities that carpooling can provide for regional transportation needs. Register here


ABNY: Black Leadership in New York City Series, August 19, 24, September 15 | Don’t miss a series of conversations on power, politics, and racial justice. Event details here

Want to continue the conversation? We’d love to hear from you. As always, we welcome the opportunity to connect with your network of partners and clients or to work with you. Feel free to drop us a line at info@karpstrategies.com

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