TEAM

Meet the team

We are a team of mission-driven researchers, urban planners, designers, and engineers. The concept behind COMAS was developed from 2018 when founders Larissa and Samuel worked on research and advocacy projects on sustainable community food systems and community economic development together when completing their MSc's at Pratt Insitute in New York City. The collective started working together in mid-2020 as a distributed global team, with members mainly from the US, Iceland, and Germany. We are all passionate about the future of sustainable and equitable communities and cities.


We follow a horizontal organizational structure and work via self-organized, collaborative teams with respective leads according to expertise. It is in our mission to experiment with cooperative and democratic organizational systems to lead the change.

Larissa Lai


Founder + Initiator
Sustainable Community Development Researcher & Planner

Samuel Pressman


Founder + Green Lead
Ecological Systems Designer

Jose Luis Holgado Alvarez


Tech Lead
AI Researcher and Engineer

Kevin Hildebrandt


Strategy Lead
UX & Product Designer; Green New Deal Advocate

Zane Younger


Research + Grants Manager
Public Health Researcher

Sylva Lam


Designer
Interior & Restaurant Designer/Architect

Jenny Fan


UX/UI and Product Designer

Elif Karakose


UX Designer and Architect

Veronica Burnham


Software Engineer

James Kelleher


Data Engineer

Caesar Caberto


Illustrator and Graphic Designer