Sam is primarily interested in the critical role that cities must play in mitigating and adapting to climate change. While at MIT he intends to focus on how urban development can be steered to simultaneously address climate change and enhance equity. Previously, Sam worked for four years at the Overseas Development Institute in London, primarily researching the challenges of financing climate change responses in developing countries. He has also spent time lobbying for stronger federal and state-level support for renewable energy technologies in Washington, DC. Sam has degrees in Environmental Policy and Environmental Science from Oxford University and the University of East Anglia, UK, respectively.

Sam Barnard
Master of City Planning Student

Adam is an MCP candidate in the Environmental Policy and Planning group He believes that the global energy transition needed to stabilize the climate can also help to create a more equitable society. Adam’s academic work focuses on advancing democratized energy systems and urban-scale renewable technologies that can build wealth for marginalized communities. Adam also believes that political activism is essential to building the world we want. He organizes primarily with Fossil Free MIT and Our Revolution Cambridge, where he proposed climate justice amendments that are now part of the Massachusetts Democratic Party Platform. Prior to enrolling at MIT, Adam spent seven organizing in climate and energy campaigns at the local, state, federal, and international levels. Most recently, Adam directed the climate advocacy organization SustainUS and campaigned successfully for the Paris Agreement to contain a long-term global goal of net zero emissions. Adam graduated summa cum laude from Washington University in St. Louis with a B.A. in Environmental Studies and Urban Studies. He is committed to continue working for climate justice for the long-haul.

Adam Hasz
Master of City Planning Student

Alexandra was born and raised in Boston and graduated from Boston University with degrees in political science and English literature. She has worked on numerous political campaigns and most recently was director of policy and planning for the Boston City Council’s district 7. Alexandra is currently pursing her master’s in city planning at MIT and writing her thesis on mediation in land disputes advised by Larry Susskind. She plans to run for office. Alexandra lives with her husband, Kyle, in Jamaica Plain. 

Alexandra Kahveci
Master of City Planning Student

Alicia grew up in Columbia, Maryland and completed her undergraduate degree at the College of William and Mary in International Relations. She worked for several years in international development, managing USAID and State Department funded programs in the Middle East, with a particular focus on mitigating impacts of violence on communities in Syria. Prior to starting her Masters she worked for a finTech startup in DC offering innovative financing models for energy efficient building practices. She is now in the process of completing a Masters in Urban Planning with a focus on Environmental Policy at MIT, and has been working as a research fellow for the MIT Energy Initiative, looking into sustainable business models to provide universal energy access.  Her interests include how to combine infrastructure design with net zero policy objectives, exploring cities on her Klein road bike, and teaching yoga. 

Alicia Noriega
Master of City Planning Student

Griffin grew up in Colorado Springs, Colorado and Baden, Austria. He graduated from Grinnell College with degrees in biology and policy studies. After graduation, he worked in a sociogenomics lab studying honeybee colony collapse disorder and epigenetic effects before moving to Cambridge to work for the Consensus Building Institute, a negotiation and dispute resolution nonprofit. He’s now pursuing a master’s in city planning at MIT and works with Larry Susskind on socially responsible real estate in Malaysia. His interests include incorporating scientific research into policy outcomes and encouraging prosocial behavior through public policy. He’s also a runner, skier, and beekeeper.

Griffin Smith
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