Uni Ozone ParkCo-Founders/Directors
The Uni Project is run by husband-and-wife, Sam Davol (Program and Creative Director) and Leslie Davol (Executive Director). The project grew out of their work activating space in downtown Boston during a time they lived there (2006-2011). In Boston, they created Street Lab, a 501c3 nonprofit that launched community-focused and partnership-driven projects, including the now-annual Films at the Gate and Chinatown Storefront Library. Prior, Leslie worked at the New York Historical Society and the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation on memorial, cultural and civic programs following September 11. Sam served as an attorney at the Legal Aid Society, and he is also the cellist in the band The Magnetic Fields. They live in Lower Manhattan with their two children. (Leslie via LinkedIn) (Sam via LinkedIn)

Program and Operations Manager
Leah Kaplan has a passion for books that affect change. She will complete a Master’s degree in Philosophy and Art at Stony Brook University in 2017. Previously, she has worked as a Site Manager for the Uni Project, a research assistant for the author Veronica Chambers, and has taught at the elementary school level at the HoLa School in Hoboken, where she developed a journalism enrichment program for 3rd and 4th graders. Leah volunteers as an educator with a youth outreach program called Rethink that works primarily with at-risk and court-involved youth in Harlem and the Bronx. Leah speaks Spanish and lives in Harlem.

Program Coordinator
Egypt Calier is a graduate of SUNY College and is pursuing a Masters in Sociology at Brooklyn College. She has worked as a Teachers Assistant for the Department of Education, providing support to children with math, reading and writing, and to children with special needs and those for whom English is a second language. During the summers she has worked as a Playground Associate for NYC Parks while coaching girls’ basketball. She was an award-winning high school basketball player and then captain of her college basketball team. She is passionate about education and grew up in the Elliott Chelsea Houses in Chelsea. Egypt lives in the Bronx.

Program Coordinator
Joeyee Yan is a student at NYU who has worked at several community learning centers, teaching and tutoring children in grades 1-8. She began working with the Uni Project while finishing up her senior year at Brooklyn Technical High School. While in high school, Joeyee was active in Brooklyn Tech’s community service club with over 1,000 members, serving as Treasurer. She also participated in the NYC Department of Youth and Community Development’s In-School Youth Program, which provides year-round workshops on financial literacy and leadership skills to low-income high school students. Joeyee is fluent in Cantonese and Mandarin, and she lives in Brooklyn.

Program Coordinator
Christian Guinanzaca is a filmmaker, dancer, and community organizer who values creating public spaces for communities that are under-resourced. He has worked with the Queens Museum producing events in Corona Plaza, and for Immigrant Movement International coordinating their community space, teaching dance workshops, and surveying community members about various issues of concern to the community. Chris is currently a student at CUNY City College, getting a BFA in film and video production. Chris is fluent in Spanish, and he lives in Elmhurst, Queens.

Program Coordinator
Arli Cornejal is a youth educator and Sociology major at Hunter College. Arli has previously worked at the Ya-Ya Network as the Youth Program Coordinator where she developed political education curriculum for NYC based youth. Currently Arli also works as the Associate Youth Program Coordinator in the South Bronx where she works with Latin@ youth. Arli is passionate about access to higher education and believes in the power of an organized community. Arli is fluent in Spanish and resides in Queens.

Program Coordinator
Mira Etingof is an artist and musician from Boston, MA. She has worked teaching and tutoring since her freshman year of high school, teaching piano, music theory and art to kids in her hometown. She has also been a counselor at her theater group’s annual summer camp for many years, in addition serving as part of the set design crew. Since moving to New York she has begun organizing community art events, specifically art and music showcases that include exhibits and live music. She is fluent in Russian and is currently pursuing a BFA in Illustration at Pratt Institute. She lives in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn.

Mike Gibson and Leslie Davol.

Bill Bancroft Furniture, Jaywalk Studio

Michael Gibson, Shamel Rountree

The Uni Project proudly hires drivers
from Red Hook on the Road.

Uni Alumni 2011-2016

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Uni Project Staff 2015Site Managers
Egypt Calier (’16), Christian Guinanzaca (’16), Leah Kaplan (’16), Joeyee Yan (’16), Adynah Irene Johnson (’15), Leigh Hurwitz (’13-’15), Emily Jacobson (’14-’15), Rasheed Lucas (’14)

Program Staff via MIT Public Service Center
Rossana Iturbide (’16), Ester Shmulyian (’16), Marco Cunqueiro (’15), Amelia Carver (’13)

Program Staff
Daniyar Irgaliyev (’16), Jorey Greenland (’15), Mecca Norfleet (’16), Greig Roselli (’15), Stephanie Yee (’14-’15)

staff Uni

Anthony Lopez (’16), Jean Li Spencer (’16)

Alyssa Pintar (’14)

Susan Coyne (’15), Genevieve Irwin (’15), Tiffany Lin (’14)

Visiting Educators
Robert Berkman (’13), Andrew Collins (’13)

Michael Gibson (’13-’16), Shamel Rountree (’16),  Nelson DeJesus (’13), Peter Zweifel (’13)

VolunteersUni Project Volunteers 2015
Emilia Andrade (’15), Lisa Archigian (’16), Kelly Marie Blanchat (’12-14), William Brockett (’13), Jamie Burns (’14), Evan Chen (’16), Sofia Chelo (’16), Nathanael Cho (’16), Lindsey Danis (’11), Eleanor Davol (’13), Malcolm Davol (’13), Andy Deck (’15), Meghan Dowell (’11-’13), Lisa Gomez (’15-16), Kenneth Gordon (’13), Magdalena Gordon (’13), Jorey Greenland (’16), Chelsea Gunn (’11), Nadine Hibbert (’14-’16), Leigh Hurwitz (’12-’16), Emily Jacobson (’12-’16), Allie Janvey (’12), Adynah Irene Johnson (’14), Gloria Lau (’15-16), Marilyn Kahn (’12), Amit Karan (’13), Madeline Kelly (’11), Grace Ko (’16), Victoria Kuhr (’14-’16), Angela Kyle (’13-’14), Tiffany Lin (’14-’15), Natalia Lopez (’13), Kelleen Maluski (’12-’16), Daniel Mascola (’15), Sara McCabe (’16), Alexandra McClure (’15-16), Molly McInerny (’11), Luis Aguilar Moreno (’14), Diana Narvaez (’14), Pascale Nijhof (’13-’14), Jennifer Nix (’13-’14), Christine O’Heron (’12), Yukie Ohta (’11), Tiffany Minh Peterson (’15-’16), Jessica Pierce (’14), Katherine Plater (’13), Gabriella Radujko (’12), Anna Robinson (’12-’13), Liz Ropers (’14), Greig Roselli (’15-’16), Lisa Savcak (’14-’15), Helen Schubert (’11), Juhi Singhal (’13), Phillíp Solér (’14), Michelle Solis (’16), May Tongnok (’15-’16), Constance Vidor (’14), Xavier Williams (’13-14), Whitney Wong (’15), Stephanie Yee (’12-’16), Jie Zhao (’15)  

Teams from: Wolff Olins, George Jackson Academy, Avenues: The World School, Riley’s Way Foundation Youth Advisory Council, The Garden School

bbp42Pro bono
Max Dietshe (annual report ’15), Breauna Hagan (volunteer plan ’15), Stroock, Stroock & Lavan LLP (legal ’15), Angela Khermouch (photography ’15),  Lawyers Alliance for New York (legal ’14), Maureen Naff (pitch deck creation ’13), Shannon Tomai, Apex Law (legal ’12)

Joana Torres (sign kiosk ’16), Höweler + Yoon Architecture, LLP, with Prof. J. Meejin Yoon of MIT (Uni carts, tower, benches ’11-16, with Eric Höweler, Meejin Yoon, Parker Lee, Ryan Murphy, Thena Tak, James Coleman, David Costanza, Jeremy Jih, and Alexander William Marshall)

Uni Pitkin AveFabrication
Bill Bancroft Furniture, Beartown, Höweler + Yoon Architecture, LLP (with Jeremy Jih, David Costanza, Alexander William Marshall, Kelly Shaw, Sung Woo Jang, Max Wong, Joanna Rodriguez-Noyola, James Coleman, Cyrus Dochow, Parker Lee, and Thena Tak)

Uni Project is the operating name (DBA) of Street Lab, a 501(c3) nonprofit organization founded by Leslie and Sam Davol to create programs for public space.

The Uni Project is the operating name (DBA) of Street Lab, a 501c3 nonprofit.