Sydney Céspedes is a planner at Pratt Center for Community Development where she designs and implements community-based planning projects through policy research, report development, production of popular educational materials and strategic campaign planning. Currently, Sydney is working with the Gowanus Neighborhood Coalition for Justice in Brooklyn led by the local community group Fifth Avenue Committee, to advocate for investment and funding in the neighborhood’s local public housing stock. Sydney has over ten years of advocacy and community engagement experience, working with low-income and racially and linguistically diverse communities on issues such as housing, transportation, land use and health. In collaboration with community-based partners in the Bay Area region, she conducted research at the Center for Community Innovation, UC Berkeley to analyze the impact of transit investment on neighborhood residential displacement. She brings a holistic understanding of urban planning from her experience working at the Urban Justice Center (UJC), where for nearly three years she provided legal services through representation in administrative hearings and housing court advocacy in New York City. Sydney completed a master’s degree in City Planning from the University of California, Berkeley and received a bachelor's degree in Political Science from Hunter College of the City University of New York.