Passionate about participation, global governance and social justice, Daniela is joining MIT after almost 10 years of professional experience in the national and international public and non-profit sector. She is leaving a position as Social Innovation and Participatory Planning Director at the Buenos Aires City Government, where she was responsible for community engagement and participatory planning at the Barrio 31 slum urbanization plan. She also worked at UNDP Argentina and collaborated with several Civil Society Organizations in her country as well as in Spain and Ethiopia. She holds an MA in International Cooperation and Public Policy (Madrid) and a BA in Political Science (University of Buenos Aires). She has also specialized at the Sorbonne (Paris, France), FLACSO (Buenos Aires, Argentina) and ECLAC (Santiago, Chile). Her research interests include participatory planning, global governance, collaborative creation, social justice and inequality.

Daniela Cocco Beltrame
Master of City Planning Student

Jeremia is an MCP student at MIT Department of Urban Studies and Planning. He holds a Bachelor's degree in architecture from the Parahyangan Catholic University in Bandung, Indonesia. After graduating in 2010, he works in the university for about a year before moving to Singapore to work in an architecture and planning consultancy firm for more than five years. His research interests include coastal development, tourism, and conservation financing, mainly in Southeast Asia. He loves technical diving, cave diving, and underwater photography.

Jeremia Sir Nin Mamola
Master of City Planning Student

Emmett McKinney is inspired by the idea that every issue is local for somebody – and that every stakeholder matters. This principle informs his research interests in climate adaptation, spatial inequality, and how technology can better protect society’s most vulnerable. Before joining MIT, Emmett spent two years as a Research Associate at the Environmental Law Institute (ELI), where he worked directly with international governments, civil society organizations, and other experts to strengthen the rule of environmental law. Prior to ELI, Emmett researched private governance strategies for climate mitigation through Vanderbilt University Law School. Emmett holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Policy and French from Vanderbilt University.

Emmett McKinney
Master of City Planning Student

Ben hails from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and graduated from Tufts University, where he earned his Bachelor of Science in Physics and Peace & Justice Studies.  After graduation, he was a government relations associate for universities and national laboratories at Lewis-Burke Associates in Washington, DC.  At Lewis-Burke, he drew on his background in science and policy to help clients work with the federal government in engineering, the physical sciences and smart cities, with a focus on the National Science Foundation, Department of Energy, and National Institute of Standards and Technology.  His interests include the uses of science and technology in pursuit of social justice and community-driven goals.

Ben Preis
Master of City Planning Student

Marian is excited to join MIT after several years doing energy and environmental research at the Breakthrough Institute, a think tank in Oakland, California. A Massachusetts native, she studied International Relations and German at Tufts University and spent some time living in Germany. Her research interest is how to resolve the land use and siting issues that accompany a transition to clean energy. Outside of work, she likes reading fiction, going on motorcycle rides, and dancing.

Marian Swain
Master of City Planning Student

Carrie is pursuing her Master's in City Planning after several years working as a manager, teacher, and facilitator. From her experiences leading the large and dynamic Events Team for the energy efficiency and solar start-up Next Step Living, facilitating dialogue in the West Bank with Encounter, and teaching rock climbing to teenagers in the Rocky Mountains, Carrie developed a deep curiosity for how people interact and make decisions in social systems. Since arriving at MIT, Carrie has directed her focus towards consensus building - working to understand how participation in mediation processes fosters personal, organizational, communal, and social change. Carrie holds a BA in International Studies from Brandeis University. 

Carrie Watkins
Master of City Planning Student