Kiara Santiago, a native New Yorker, is pursuing a Master’s Degree in Public Affairs with a concentration in Urban Development and Sustainability at The Marxe School of Public and International Affairs at Baruch College. She earned a B.A. in Sociology from Brooklyn College in 2016. Kiara currently works as an Economic Stability Specialist with Sanctuary for Families and assists with economic/career development for survivors of intimate partner violence. Her current area of study is exploring environmental racism, which manifests in disproportionately high rates of air pollution due to heavy transportation, past land use decisions, poor urban planning projects, and lack of engagement with local community members. Kiara is interested in addressing issues related to economic mobility, zoning and land use, civic engagement, and transportation and is inspired to give back to the New York community that she grew up in.