Avital is passionate about exploring equitable solutions to problems at the intersection of technology, policy, and politics. She is currently a Master's of Engineering in Computer Science student, exploring issues around cybersecurity in the public sector. Avital earned undergraduate degrees in Computer Science & Engineering and in Urban Planning from MIT and previously worked as an engineer for the Democratic party in the 2020 election cycle.
Avital Baral
Master of Engineering in Computer Science Student

Winn Costantini is a second year Master in City Planning candidate specializing in Environmental Policy and Planning. Before MIT, he worked at Ceres, a Boston-based sustainability non-profit, engaging and managing relationships with institutional investors working on environmental, social, and governance issues through the Ceres Investor Network. He was also an outreach and education fellow at the Center for EcoTechnology, where he worked with households and small businesses to address energy efficiency and waste management challenges. As an undergraduate, he studied Psychology and Environmental Studies at Williams College. His is interested in equitable and socially just climate change solutions, participatory planning, and the role of role of workforce development in climate justice movements.

Winn Costantini
Master of City Planning Student

Michelle Mueller Gámez is a second-year Master in City Planning Candidate, focusing on Environmental Policy and Planning. Her research interest include living infrastructure, ecological restoration, land use, and human relationships with the more-than-human world. She uses environmental history methods and cultural artifacts to explore how different groups understand, live, and work with the environment. Before pursuing her master's, Michelle worked on a partnership between the 100 Resilient Cities Initiative and Columbia Universities Center for Resilient Cities and Landscape on climate change adaptation approaches that center local ecologies. Michelle has experience with municipal risk analysis, nature-based project design, and ecological systems. From Texas, Michelle holds a BA in Latin American Studies and Government from the University of Texas at Austin. 

Michelle Mueller Gámez
Master of City Planning Student

Amber Kim has been driven by a lifelong desire to work towards a more sustainable and equitable future. She spent four years working with policymakers and stakeholders to advance clean water and environmental policies in Washington D.C. at the National Association of Clean Water Agencies, the Environmental Defense Fund, and the WateReuse Association. After working in federal policy, Amber fulfilled a longtime dream teaching English in France for a year. Now, Amber is now eager to learn and research how to address issues such as climate change and water resources management at the community and regional level at MIT. She holds a BA in Environmental Studies from Carleton College.

Amber Kim
Master of City Planning Student

Anna Morgan is a senior at Wellesley College majoring in American Studies with an Urban Studies concentration. She joined the team in September, 2020, and is very excited to be a part of such important work. Anna has previously assisted research at MIT concerning the revitalization of shrinking cities and community engagement in plan-making and implementation. She is particularly interested in issues of accessibility to resources in urban spaces, such as housing, transportation, and water. 

Anna Morgan
Wellesley College Undergraduate Student

Alyssa Wells-Lewis is a rising senior at MIT pursuing a Bachelor's Degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Minor in Music. She has a strong interest in product design that has grown through her experiences in college, and hopes to go into clean energy solutions post-graduation. Outside of academics, she is also an avid violinist, pianist, and singer, and loves to express herself through her music.

Alyssa Wells-Lewis
MIT Undergraduate Student

Matías Williams is an engineer, entrepreneur and former civil servant, with eight years of professional experience. He holds a Computer Science Engineer degree from Buenos Aires Insitute of Technology, where, during his last year of study, he built a boutique software company called Wolox. After five rewarding years, he transitioned to the public sector, where he has been working in positions related to technology and innovation. His last position was Undersecretary for the Smart City at the Buenos Aires City Government. He is interested in the role of technology to improve governments’ capacity to create an equitable future.

Matías Williams
Master of City Planning Student

Cindy Xie is an undergraduate student at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. At MIT, she is involved with student government, student advocacy groups, and writing/journalism initiatives. She is co-authoring an upcoming interview profile for MIT Science Policy Review, and she was a participant in the 2020 Executive Visit Days hosted by Science Policy Initiative. Her academic interests, admittedly still very broad, lie at the intersection of the life sciences, social sciences, and design. She is originally from Los Angeles, California.

Cindy Xie
MIT Undergraduate Student