Alumni Profile

“Hunter’s Master of Urban Planning program provided me with the tools I needed to change careers. The curriculum exposed me to a wide range of planning topics that enabled me to develop my interests while introducing me to theoretical concepts and practical skills that prepared me for the job I have today. The support and guidance I received from my professors was an invaluable resource in my search for a planning role that fit my goals.”

Ariane Collins (MUP ’21) works as a Climate and Sustainability Planner at the New York City Department of City Planning. Prior to attending Hunter, she worked in marketing and digital media following undergraduate studies in Economics. While she enjoyed the creative nature of her prior role, she felt her work lacked a sense of purpose and real life impact that she found compelling during her studies of urban economics. Ariane returned to school to pursue a Master of Urban Planning in order to transition to a career she believed would be more impactful.

In her current role, Ariane is part of a team whose work is dedicated to preparing New York City for a changing climate and advancing initiatives that protect and enhance the natural environment. As a planner, she strives to harness her communications background to strengthen public participation through meaningful engagement. Ariane’s recent projects include the NYC Comprehensive Waterfront Plan, events to connect New Yorkers to the waterfront, and reviewing projects for consistency with the Waterfront Revitalization Program which seeks to balance economic development, conservation, and public use of the NYC waterfront.