Richard Reiss is a research fellow in communications at the CUNY Institute for Sustainable Cities, and is the co-founder and editor of City Atlas, the Institute’s partnership for public communications about the future of New York City. City Atlas launched with a Rockefeller Foundation Cultural Innovation Fund award in October, 2011. Over 100 interns from schools including CUNY, NYU, Columbia, Barnard, Princeton and Yale have worked on City Atlas since then, and the project contains over 900 posts about the past, present and future New York City. City Atlas has launched in New Haven under the direction of Liana Epstein YC 2014.
Reiss received a BA in Architecture from Yale University, he is a board member of the Yale Alumni Nonprofit Alliance, and he is currently collaborating with students at Yale in developing the Yale Decarbonization Challenge, which works to educate students and alumni on how to begin to decarbonize their own lifestyles to help meet the 2°C target of the UNFCCC.
Liana Epstein is the Project Manager and Editor of City Atlas: New Haven, one of four satellite projects — from New York City to Beijing — comprising the City Atlas network, a product of the umbrella organization Artist As Citizen. She is responsible for program management and development, curating and editing content, and strategic planning and partnerships. Previously, Liana was a global health research consultant for Johnson & Johnson’s pharmaceutical branch, Janssen, and a research assistant studying the effects of climate change on oceans at Yale University and the Dolphin Communication Project. Liana graduated from Yale College in 2014 with a B.A. in Environmental Studies. Her thesis was titled, “Saving the Oceans, Saving Ourselves.” In her spare time, you can find Liana roaming the streets of New Haven in her running shoes or crocs, talking to anyone who is looking for a good conversation about food, justice, the environment, or just how great this small city really is.
Co-Founders of City Atlas: New York: Carina Molnar and Richard Reiss.
City Atlas is a collaboration between the CUNY Institute for Sustainable Cities at Hunter College and Artist As Citizen, with generous support from the Rockefeller Foundation.