- Program Development Director, Academic Initiatives and Strategic Innovation
Mariel Villeré is the program development director for the office of academic initiatives and strategic innovation at The Graduate Center of the City University of New York. In this new role, she works collaboratively with administration, faculty, staff, and students to advance academic innovation, optimize new program development processes, and promote innovative initiatives of The Graduate Center’s academic programs, centers, and institutes. Prior to joining The Graduate Center, she worked for NYC Parks as Manager for Programs, Arts, and Grants for Freshkills Park, where she developed new programming and managed the public art program as part of the site’s transition from landfill to park.
She holds a BA in Architecture from Barnard College and a Masters of Architecture Studies in the History, Theory & Criticism of Architecture and Art from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Mariel maintains a practice of curatorial and editorial projects at the intersection of architecture, art, and urban studies. She enjoys visiting museums, staying active outdoors, cooking, knitting, and reading.