The Tishman Environment and Design Center fosters the integration of bold design, policy, and social justice approaches to environmental issues to advance just and sustainable outcomes in collaboration with communities.
Made possible through an endowment from former New School Trustee John L. Tishman, the Tishman Center is a university-wide center that is committed to bringing an interdisciplinary and environmental justice approach to contemporary environmental challenges. We work under the following core areas:
Advancing Climate and Environmental Justice
The Tishman Center aims to serve as a hub for climate and environmental justice research and practice, with a specific focus on deep engagement with underserved urban communities. Through our collaborative efforts with a variety of organizations, we intend to impact research, practice and policy. The Tishman Center seeks to offer technical support to community-based organizations, advocates, and policymakers on the frontlines of these movements, with an emphasis on supporting the co-production of inclusive, bottom-up approaches that amplify the knowledge and expertise of these communities.
Supporting Progressive Innovation for Sustainability
The New School has a rich record and deep knowledge in the design and social science fields and therefore we are uniquely positioned to critically address the most complex environmental issues of our time. At the Tishman Center, we create opportunities that bring together the diverse talents of students and faculty from across our schools of design, public engagement, jazz, music, drama, and social research to develop creative, interdisciplinary solutions and new possibilities for change.
Creating Justice and Sustainability as Core Literacies for the 21st Century
By incorporating climate action and sustainability grounded in social justice into our campus culture, The New School is mobilizing 14,000 students, faculty and staff to have a positive impact on our community and the larger society. The Tishman Center’s role is to educate and prepare students through experiential learning to be leaders in this change toward a more just and sustainable society. Our intention is that students graduating from The New School will be able to demonstrate deep knowledge of environmental issues, a heightened awareness of their social justice implications, and a measure of responsibility for taking action.
Who We Are
Michelle DePass, JD., Dean, Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy; Tishman Professor of Environmental Policy and Management
Michelle joined The New School in November 2013 coming from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), where since 2009 she had served as Assistant Administrator for International and Tribal Affairs. In this presidentially appointed, senate-confirmed position, DePass had been responsible for all dimensions of environmental policy between the EPA and other nations, federally recognized tribal nations, and multilateral institutions and donors.
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Ana Baptista, PhD, Assistant Professor of Professional Practice, Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy; Chair, Environmental Policy and Sustainability Management
Ana was most recently the Director of the Energy and Environment Program at the Regional Plan Association where she oversaw a diverse portfolio of issues ranging from climate change to greenspace preservation across the New York metropolitan region. Prior to RPA, Ana was the Director of Environmental and Planning programs for the Ironbound Community Corporation for over seven years. At ICC she oversaw a wide range of environmental justice, community development and community based planning and research projects in her native Ironbound community in Newark, New Jersey.
Yvonne Watson, MA, Associate Dean of Fashion & Associate Professor of Fashion
Yvonne Watson is a design educator who has held a number of positions in art and design higher education. She currently serves as the School Associate Dean in the School of Fashion at Parsons School of Design. As an Associate Dean, she works closely with the School Dean in leading the daytoday management and evaluation of faculty and support staff, and oversight of budget and facilities planning within the school. She continues to contribute to ensuring the alignment of curricular and spatial needs and has played an instrumental role in shaping the curricula direction of the school in its change of pedagogy. Her career has spanned roles that have encompassed both undergraduate and postgraduate as program director for BA Fashion Knitwear Design, MA Textile Design and Innovation, and MA Decorative Arts at Nottingham Trent University. She holds a Masters in Globalization, Identity and Technology from The School of Humanities, Nottingham Trent University.
Molly Craft Johnson is responsible for engaging students and supporting initiatives that bolster a campus-wide culture of sustainability. Prior to working at the Tishman Center, Molly was an Environmental Defense Fund Climate Corps Fellow at Dartmouth College, where she contributed to the College’s new sustainability plan. Molly has also interned with the Lower East Side Ecology Center’s EcoBizNYC program, and with the Environmental Justice team at the Natural Resources Defense Council in Santa Monica, California. Molly has an MS from the Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy at The New School, and BA from the University of Portland.
Adrienne Perovich is responsible for overseeing the day to day operations of the Center, implementing a fundraising strategy for long-term sustainability, and developing and maintaining strategic relationships with external partners. Before coming to the Tishman Center, Adrienne served as Program Manager at Seedco, managing their housing counseling program and supporting their work supports initiative. Prior to Seedco, she worked at The Posse Foundation and volunteered for Citizens’ Climate Lobby. Adrienne has an MPA from NYU’s Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service and a BA from SUNY at New Paltz.
Rebecca Fuger is responsible for communications initiatives and messaging for the Tishman Center and working with other members of The New School community to promote awareness of the Tishman Center, its mission, and its projects. Prior to joining the Tishman Center, Rebecca worked as a digital strategist in Philadelphia and attended American University in Washington DC where she received her BA in Public Communication. She is currently pursuing a graphic design degree at Parsons School of Design.
Marcel Howard is responsible for assisting with internal and external projects and events, along with conducting program-related research and analysis for the Tishman Center. Prior to joining the Tishman Center, Marcel interned for the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection and attended Lesley University in Cambridge, MA where he received his BA in Political Science. He is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Environmental Policy & Sustainability Management at the Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy.
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Director of Research Programs, Center for Earth, Energy and Democracy
Committee Chair, Chair, Environmental Studies
Chief Operating Officer
Assistant Professor of Environmental Health
Associate Professor of Media Design in the School of Art, Media, and Technology
Assistant Director, Sustainable Initiatives, Buildings
Project Manager, Hester Street Collaborative
Our affiliated faculty bring expertise and experience from multiple schools and colleges of The New School, including Parsons School of Design, Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts, The New School for Social Research, College of Performing Arts and Adult Bachelors, Creative Writing, Media Studies, Languages and Milano.
Judith Albert, Part-Time Assistant Professor, Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy
Charles Allison, Associate Professor, Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy
Ana Baptista, Assistant Professor of Professional Practice, Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy
Patricia Beirne, Part-Time Assistant Professor of Transdiciplinary Design, Parsons School of Design
David Bergman, Part-Time Assistant Professor, Parsons School of Design
Andrew Bernheimer, Assistant Professor of Architecture, Parsons School of Design
Nicholas Brinen, Part-Time Assistant Professor, Parsons School of Design
Katayoun Chamany, Associate Professor of Biology, Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts
Gyungju Chyon, Assistant Professor of Product and Industrial Design, Parsons School of Design
Michael Cohen, Professor of International Affairs, Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy
Michelle DePass, Dean, Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy
Nadia Elrokhsy, Assistant Professor and Director, BFA Integrated Design Program, Parsons School of Design
Mindy Fullilove, Professor of Urban Policy and Health
Jean Gardner, Associate Professor, Parsons School of Design
Boris Grinkot, Part-time Faculty, Parsons School of Design
Titania Inglis, Part-time Lecturer, Parsons School of Design
Tanya Kalmanovitch, Associate Professor, Mannes College of Music
Oliver Kellhammer, Part-time Lecturer, Parsons School of Design
Jamie Kruse, Part-Time Faculty, Parsons School of Design
David Leven, Associate Professor of Architecture, Parsons School of Design
Colleen Macklin, Associate Professor of Media Design, Parsons School of Design
Cecilia Martinez, Visiting Assistant Professor of Environmental Policy and Sustainability Management, Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy
Brian McGrath, Dean of the School of Constructed Environments, Parsons School of Design
Timon McPhearson, Assistant Professor, Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts
Kevin McQueen, Part-Time Lecturer, Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy
Alison Mears, Dean of the School of Design Strategy, Parsons School of Design
Shagun Mehrotra, Assistant Professor, Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy
Dan Michalik, Assistant Professor of Product and Industrial Design, Parsons School of Design
William Morrish, Professor of Urban Ecology, Parsons School of Design
Fabio Parasecoli, Coordinator, Food Studies Program, The New School
Lara Penin, Assistant Professor, Parsons School of Design
Wendy Popp, Part-time Assistant Professor, Parsons School of Design
Ivan Ramirez, Assistant Professor of Environmental Health, Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts
Kristin Reynolds, Part-Time Faculty, School of Public Engagement
Timo Rissanen, Assistant Professor of Fashion Design, Parsons School of Design
Barent Roth, Part-Time Lecturer, Parsons School of Design
John Rudolph, Part-Time Lecturer, Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy
Mehdi Salehi, Part-time Lecturer, Parsons School of Design
Alison Schuettinger, Part-Time Lecturer, Parsons School of Design
Hilary Semel, Part-Time Lecturer, Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy
Willi Semmler, Professor of Economics, The New School for Social Research
Andrew Smith, Part-Time Faculty, School of Public Engagement
Kimberly Tate, Part-Time Lecturer, Parsons School of Design
Joel Towers, Executive Dean, Parsons School of Design
Bhawani Venkataraman, Associate Professor, Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts
David White, Assistant Professor, Parsons School of Design
Mia White, Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies, School of Public Engagement
Maya Wiley, Senior Vice President for Social Justice and Henry Cohen Professor of Urban Policy and Management, School for Public Engagement
Rafi Youatt, Assistant Professor, The New School for Social Research
Yuji Hara, Fulbright Fellow
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