Born and raised in New York City, James Bessoir has cultivated a deep appreciation for architecture and urban design from an early age. Currently working as a Marketing Coordinator at CetraRuddy Architecture, James is passionate about design, art, technology, urbanism, and communication. As an architectural photographer, he strives to highlight detail and geometry while capturing the essences of well-designed spaces. Previously, he has interned with the New York City Council and at NASA Headquarters in Washington, DC, and he holds a Bachelor of Arts in History and Government from Cornell University. At the CSU, he works with members of the board to produce and publish CSU NEWS.
Pankti Dalal earned her Master degree in Public Administration-Development Practice at Columbia University in 2021. Pankti is working as Manager, Community & Implementation on the What Works Cities (WWC) initiative at Results for America. Previously, Pankti worked at the Praja Foundation in Mumbai, where she collaborated with Mayors of over twelve city governments to push for a more accountable and transparent urban governance. As a part of her coursework she has also interned with the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), New York Office. At the UN, she assisted with policy research and program management to promote its mandate of achieving “a better quality of life for all, in an urbanizing world. As a master’s student, she continues to engage with research on urban development issues.