Who We Are
We see experience as deep learning. The city is our classroom, lab and canvas. In cities we share our skills and talents, grappling with the world’s biggest challenges, working together toward a just future.
We center learning in the urgent challenges facing NYC and the world. A public health crisis, economic crisis, systemic racial inequality, and climate change all demand a relevant, frank and change-oriented curriculum.
We believe in personalization, collaboration and empathy.
While our programs integrate the passions, needs and interests of individual participants, our work seeks to cultivate empathy and collaboration, rooted in a shared set of collective field experiences,
We commit to creating a diverse, equitable and inclusive community. Our program draws participants from neighborhoods throughout the city, country and world, with diverse backgrounds and experiences. We establish a loving community that values difference and cultivates empathy, respect and inclusion.
We are experienced educators and urbanists creating programs for young people seeking educational, meaningful and transformative experiences in the “Living City” of New York.
We seek to make education more immersive and relevant to make cities more equitable and resilient. Our core values are:
Leadership & Staff
Co-Founder Tanya Gallo is an urban planner and educator with a focus on resilience, public space and educational access. At 100 Resilient Cities, she led a global network in resilience strategy development in collaboration with cities. Tanya was a consultant with HR&A Advisors, managing urban development projects including the NY Rising Community Reconstruction Program, the community rebuilding plans in hard hit coastal communities across NYC after Hurricane Sandy. Tanya designed and led DreamYard’s ACTION program, an award-winning arts and social justice program for Bronx high school students. She received her MSc in Urbanization and Development at the London School of Economics and was a 2008-9 recipient of the Charles H. Revson Fellowship at Columbia University, awarded annually to ten city leaders in New York City. Tanya has published articles on public space in Beirut and lectured at the Pratt Institute, AIA and Columbia University Summer Program. Tanya is a graduate of Bronx Science High School, Hampshire College and the London School of Economics. She is also a board member of the Gap Year Association.
Co-Founder Andrew Meyers has dedicated over 30 years to high school and college education, specializing in urban history, college guidance and experiential learning. Andrew taught and served in leadership for 23 years at the Ethical Culture Fieldston School, one of the NY area's finest independent schools, where he was History Department Chair, Interdisciplinary Studies Director, College Counselor, history teacher, and Founding Director of the City Semester Program. For 8 years at "City Sem," a renowned urban semester program, he supervised a team of 6 teachers working with 30 students, exploring NYC though expeditionary learning. Later, as Chair of Education Design and Head of Experiential Learning at the Whittle School & Studios, he designed and implemented the core educational program for a growing network of global schools dedicated to educational innovation and ethical citizenship, working on campuses in NY, Washington DC, and China. Andrew has taught at Columbia University, Connecticut College and Empire State College. He is a graduate of Princeton, Yale and Columbia Universities, with degrees in history, architecture and urbanism.
Since moving to NYC in 2018 Nico (they/he) has held a passion for the city’s urban space and institutions. Before joining LCP, Nico’s work spanned issues touching on environmentalism, houselessness, education, and the arts at incredible organizations such as the Trust for Public Land and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Nico is an NYU graduate, where they majored in Public Policy and double minored in Studio Art and Art History. His courses focused on the intersections of politics and art particularly through the lens of queerness, class, and environmental justice. As Program Associate for LCP, Nico is excited to engage in radical reimaginings for how a city’s landscape and institutions can work to serve its residents.