About Us

Columbia Housing offers students a unique opportunity to make the undergraduate residences home and build a close sense of community within the reach of all that New York City has to offer. Housing is provided for approximately 5,600 undergraduate students. 94 percent of all undergraduates and 99 percent of all first-year students live in residence halls. There are 19 undergraduate residence halls and 18 brownstones which house traditional residential students as well as special living communities, located on and around our Morningside campus. In addition, we also provide summer, conference, and guest accommodations.

The cornerstone of our program is great hospitality. Our team is committed to providing outstanding customer service to ensure resident satisfaction, collaborating with our University partners to respond to the needs of our residential community, and working to continuously improve our operations while providing our own team with the opportunity to grow and learn. 

Get to know our team and services, and let us know how we can help make Columbia Housing your home. 

Leadership Team

Maria Alba
Maria
Alba
Assistant Director, Student and Guest Accommodations
(212) 854-6500

As Assistant Director, Maria works closely with the Housing team and partners in Facilities and Residential Life to oversee all aspects of the residential student housing experience. Maria also oversees the summer Conference Housing program. 

Maria has 15 years of combined experience with Campus Services and Columbia Housing, joining the team upon her high school graduation and having worked throughout the organization. She holds a B.S. in Hospitality Management from Monroe College. 

Student Accommodations

Frances Gonzalez
Frances
Gonzalez
Manager - Assignments
(212) 854-8134

Frances oversees Housing assignments, including extensions, early arrivals and interim assignments. She also coordinates SIC and FSL Housing for the academic year.

Frances joined Columbia Housing in 2006. She previously worked at Citibank, Scotiabank, and the non-profit organization Children International. Frances studied at the Universidad Catolica Madre y Maestra in the Dominican Republic and is currently enrolled in the Columbia University School of General Studies. 

Erik Sandhal
Erik
Sandahl
Assistant Manager, Student and Guest Accommodations
212-854-2647

Erik oversees the Housing database system, which manages assignments, billing and building access, maintaining its integrity, security, and accuracy, and implementing updates and functionality as needed to better serve our student residents. He also helps create and maintain system policies, procedures, and staff training. 

Erik earned his B.S. in Management Information Systems and Political Science from Iowa State University. He joined Housing full time in Fall 2017, and as an ACUHO-I intern in May 2015 starting as a Conference Housing Assistant. Erik returned the following two summers and was promoted to Conference Operations/ Special Projects. He also previously worked in the Iowa Senate in the off-conference season.

 

Hospitality Desk

Ashley Andrews
Ashley
Andrews
Assistant Manager, Hospitality Desk
212-854-3527

Ashley acts as the after-hours departmental liaison with Facilities, Residential Life, and Public Safety and manages the Housing Hospitality Desk. She ensures the customer service issues of residents are addressed and resolved in a timely manner.

Ashley has worked with Columbia Housing since November 2014. She has prior experience in coaching and management. She holds a B.S. in Sports Management and a minor in Communications from Adelphi University. 

Berbelin
Valentin
Assistant Manager, Hospitality Desk
212-854-3527

Berbelin acts as the on-site after-hours departmental liaison with Facilities, Residential Life, and Public Safety and manages the Housing Hospitality Desk. She ensures the customer service issues of residents are addressed and resolved in a timely manner.

Berbelin joined the Columbia Housing team in October 2016. She has prior experience in coaching and restauraunt management. She holds a B.B.A. in Human Resources Management from Baruch College. 

Afshan Nawaz
Afshan
Nawaz
Assistant Manager, Hospitality Desk
212-854-3527

Afshan acts as the on-site daytime department liaison with Facilities, Residential Life, and Public Safety and manages the Housing Hospitality Desk. She ensures that the concerns of residents are addressed and resolved in a timely manner.

Afshan joined the Columbia Housing team in May 2013 and is currently pursuing a degree in teaching.

Photo of Esteban Pomboza
Esteban
Pomboza
Assistant Manager, Hospitality Desk
212-854-3527

Esteban acts as the on-site daytime and after-hours department liaison with Facilities, Residential Life, and Public Safety, and manages the Housing Hospitality Desk. He ensures that the concerns of residents are addressed and resolved in a timely manner.

Esteban began working at Columbia University in June, 2017.  Prior to Columbia, he served as the Assistant Coordinator of Residential Risk Management at Stony Brook University where he also earned a Bachelor's degree in Music, and a Master's degree in Higher Education Administration.

Daniel
Estrada
Assistant Manager, Hospitality Desk
212-854-3527

Daniel acts as one of our onsite, after-hours manager for the Housing Hospitality Desk each week from Saturday to Wednesday. He ensures that the concerns of residents are addressed and resolved in a timely manner.

He began working with Housing as a student casual in September, 2017, and was promoted to Assistant Manager in April of 2018.  Prior to Columbia, he worked as a case worker in the Goddard Riverside Law Project and as a family worker at Bloomingdale Family Worker. Daniel earned a Bachelor's degree in Psychology from Manhattan College.

Conference Housing

Carla
Alba
Conference Coordinator
212-851-8834

Carla Alba is part of the team that manages Conference Housing at Columbia. She is a recent college graduate from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, where she earned her B.A. in Sociology. Carla joined Columbia Housing as an ACUHO-I intern in May, 2015 assisting with conference housing. She returned the following summer in the same role and was promoted to coordinator of special projects in the summer of 2018. Prior to joining the Housing team, Carla also worked for the Columbia University Facilities & Operations organization as an inventory specialist.