To mark the 50th anniversary of Urban Studies at Brown, the program invited alumni back to Providence and College Hill for a reunion. On May 26th, 2023 five decades worth of alumni got together for an afternoon of discussion of urban issues and memories of the program.
First up was an alumni panel featuring five Urban Studies alums talking about their careers and the influence of the program on their lives:
- Steve Cowell ’72 (Cowell Consulting, formerly President of E4TheFuture)
- Victoria Mason-Ailey ’79 (Retired, Associate Vice President for Planning and Community Affairs Columbia University; formerly Director of Community Planning, Philadelphia)
- Chris Cirillo ’95 (Executive Director and President, Ascendant Neighborhood Development, East Harlem, NYC; formerly with Housing Preservation and Development, NYC)
- Olga Abinader ’05 (Director of Environmental Review and Land Use Planning, Matrix New World Engineering; formerly Director of Environmental Review, City Planning, NYC)
- Alex Morse ’11 (Town Manager, Provincetown, MA; formerly Mayor of Holyoke, MA, 2012-2021)