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This interview was conducted with Adam Lubinsky via Zoom conference on July 20, 2020 from where he is staying in Western Massachusetts. Adam is an urban designer. Through his work, he examines with a keen interest in the role of schools in communities and the school as a critical piece of a city's social infrastructure. Adam has worked with schools and large school systems across the United States to address structural challenges involving school utilization, student safety, and equity among students. Since the beginning of COVID-19, Adam has pivoted to several complex challenges presented by keeping students engaged and safe, particularly in dense urban centers like NYC, given the realities of virtual learning and social distancing. Adam has a background in education. He founded a summer arts camp that is going on its 30th year. Earlier in his career, he taught middle and high school students in South Africa. Adam lives in Brooklyn, NY with his wife and children, who attend public schools.
Nicolette Lodico is an archivist and knowledge manager who specializes in helping people and organizations—particularly those whose work supports the public good—establish sustainable practices for managing both what they create and what they know so they can make informed decisions, be transparent, and minimize risk. She helps organizations tell the story about their work, to reflect on and learn from past work and share that knowledge with those who will benefit, and to provide opportunities for future researchers and historians to examine and evaluate this work. Currently, she is the director of global information and knowledge management at the Ford Foundation where she is overseeing a comprehensive, multiyear oral history project to gather the reflections of key former staff. She also is the former president and emeritus board member of the Technology Association of Grantmakers, a non-profit organization that cultivates the strategic and equitable use of technology to advance philanthropy. She earned her M.L.S. from the State University of New York at Buffalo.
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