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COMMITTEE CHAIRS

CO-CHAIRS

Catalina Cruz - Assembly Member
Ruth Messinger - Former President, American Jewish World Service, Former President and current Global Ambassador, American Jewish World Service, Former Manhattan Borough President,  Social Justice Activist and Consultant
Dennis Walcott - CEO & President of the Queens Public Library, Former Chancellor of the New York City Department of Education and former Deputy Mayor

​LGBTQ+ ADVISOR

Cecilia Gentili - Principal/Owner at Transgender Equity Consulting

DISABILITY ADVISOR

Mike Schweinsburg - President of 504 Democratic Club

TECHNOLOGY ADVISOR

Mark Gold - Venture Partner at Acronym Venture Capital

IMMIGRATION

Jo-Ann Yoo, Chair - Executive Director of the Asian American Federation
Eileen Arias - Director of Intergovernmental Affairs at the Mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs
Alana Cantillo - Interim Vice President of Advocacy for the New York Immigration Coalition
Camille Mackler - Executive Director of the Immigrant Advocates Response Collaborative
Raluca Oncioiu - Program Director at Catholic Charities

Uma Sengupta - Community Activist

COMMUNITY BOARDS

Michael Mallon, Chair - Director of Communications at Office of Danny Dromm
Kat Brezler - Co-Founder of People for Bernie
Donald Clarke - Community Leader
Frank Gulluscio - Queens Community Board 6, District Manager
Larinda Hooks - Director of Senior Services at Elmcor Youth and Adult Activities
Shanel Thomas - Community Outreach Manager at Jacobs

COMMUNITY AFFAIRS

Bishop Taylor, Chair - Senior Pastor, Community Leader & Author
Aaron Cyperstein - Associate Council and Director of External Affairs of Met Council
Sharon Levy - VP, Public Affairs at the YMCA
Ali Rashid - President,  American Pakistani Advocacy Group
Mohammed Rashid - Community Organizer
Warren Schreiber - Presidents Co-op & Condo Council, President, President of FDR Democratic Association​
April Simpson - Former Queensbridge Houses Tenant Association President
Raghbir Singh Subhanpur - Former President & Co-Founder of Baban Makhan Shah Lobaba Sikh Center, CB 9
Leslie Spigner - District Leader
Peter Tu - District Leader
Jacob Weinburg - Asset Manager at the New York State Housing Finance Agency

Mitch Lisker - Chairman of the Kew Gardens Hills Civic Association

PERSONNEL/APPOINTMENTS

Franck Joseph, Co-Chair - Deputy Commissioner of the New York City Commission on Human Rights
Ibrahim Khan, Co-Chair - Chief of Staff to the NYS AG
Amanda Menichini - Deputy Chief of Staff for Council Member Koslowitz
Michelle Miao - Program Director of New York City’s Business Tax System
Khaleel Anderson - Assembly Member
Robyn Enes - Chief of Staff to Assembly Member Catalina Cruz
Bertha Lewis - Executive Director of The Black Institute
Simon Pelman - CEO of Union Plaza Care Center
Maf Misbah Uddin - President, DC 37 Local 1407, Founder and President of the Alliance of South Asian American Labor (ASAAL)
Rev. Eli Wilson - Senior Pastor at the St. Albans Congregational Church

COMMUNICATIONS

Juana Ponce de Leon, Chair - Media Diversity Strategist & Consultant
Ayanna Harry - Journalist at Pix 11

Vicki Schneps - President & Publisher at Schneps Media
Paul Marin - Founder of PM Public Relations
Breeana Mulligan - First Deputy Press Secretary at the Speaker’s Office
Rich O'Malley - Deputy Editor at Deadspin

​PLANNING

Costa Constantinides, Chair - New York City Council Member
Alex Gleason - Director of Policy, Research & Legislation at the Central Labor Council 
Mufazzal Hossain - District Leader
Andrew Lassalle - Executive Director at Equal Opportunity In Construction Initiative
Anthony Iuliano - Intergovernmental Affairs liaison for the Dept. of Buildings

Steve Sinacori - Partner at Akerman LLP

EXTERNAL AFFAIRS

Bertha Lewis, Chair - Executive Director of The Black Institute

Rev. Phil Craig - Pastor of the Greater Springfield Community Church
Rev. Dr. Lord Simone - President and Founder of the Southeast Queens Chamber of Commerce

Varinder Singh - Community Activist

Allen Roskoff  - President, Jim Owles Liberal Democratic Club

Robin Blair-Batte - Secretary Treasurer, CWA Local 1180

EDUCATION

Jay Hershenson, Chair - Vice President for Communications and Marketing & Senior Advisor to the President at Queens College    
Richard Altabe - Lower School Principal at Hebrew Academy of Long Beach
Tony Andrews - Associate Director of Leadership and Campus Programs at York College 
Kat Brezler - Co-Founder of People for Bernie    
Travis Feldler -
CEO of TechRow
Brenda Figueroa - Bilingual School Psychologist in the New York City Department of Education
Merna Hughes - Educational Director at Laurelton Academy
Rev. Mullings - CEO of Challenge Preparatory Charter School
Donald Nesbitt - Vice President of Local 372
Josh Rivera - Director, Regional and Manhattan Public Affairs at Con Edison    
Dermott Smyth - Deputy Political Director for Queens at the UFT    

POLICY

Afua Atta-Mensah, Chair - Executive Director at Community Voices Heard
Valerie Bell - Founder of Mothers of Never Again (MONA)
Aaron Carr - Founder of Housing Rights Initiative
Cleon Edwards - Associate Executive Director, External Affairs at NYC Health + Hospitals/Queens
Michelle Fields - Supervising Attorney at Queens Legal Aid Society
Yoselin Genao - Executive Director at Neighborhood Housing Services of Queens CDC
Michael Hurwitz - Director at GROWNYC Food Access and Agriculture
Jonathan Joseph - Financial Representative at Northwestern Mutual 
Dr. Imrul Kabir - Executive Director, South Asian American Voice and Doctor at Advanced Healing Therapy 
Helen Arteaga Landaverde - Assistant VP at Queens Network
Dr. Melony Samuels - Founder and Executive Director of Bed-Stuy Campaign Against Hunger
Betty Leon - Chair of the Joseph P. Addabbo Family Health Center
Judge Jeffrey Lebowitz - Former Justice of the Supreme Court, Queens
Monsignor LoPinto - CEO at Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens
Andrea Scarborough - Community Activist

Pedro Rodriguez - Executive Director of La Jornada Food Pantry
Caroline Walcott - Policing Program Manager at the Vera Institute
Lori Zeno - Executive Director of Queens Defenders

Jacqueline Alleyne - Executive Vice President, 1199SEIU

Carina Kaufman-Gutierrez - Deputy Director at the Street Vendor Project

TRANSPORTATION

I. Daneek Miller, Co-Chair - NYC Council Member
Juan Restrepo, Co-Chair - Queens Organizer for Transportation Alternatives
Peter W. Beadle - Community Activist
Stephanie Burgos - Organizing Manager at the Rider’s Alliance
David Cohen - Political Director at 32BJ
Sharese Debouse - Political Director at TWU Local 100

Syed Armughan Asar - Senior Union Leader, Black Taxi Limousine and ex-President Machinest Union

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

Annetta Seecharran, Chair - Executive Director of Chhaya
Ricardi Calixte - Deputy Director at Queens Economic Development Corporation
Gregg Bishop - Former Commissioner at NYC Small Business Services
Kyle Bragg - President of 32BJ SEIU
Roniesia Godfrey - Ethos 21
Tom Grech - President & CEO of the Queens Chamber of Commerce
Mitch Lisker - Chairman, Kew Gardens Hills Civic Association
Elizabeth Lusskin - President of the Long Island City Partnership

TOURISM, ARTS, PARKS, ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS (TAPES)

Cathy Hung, Chair - Former Executive Director at the JAMAICA CENTER FOR ARTS AND LEARNING
John Albert - Founder of Taking Our Seat
Malik Burke - Professor at the National Theatre Institute
Carl Clay - Founder of Black Spectrum Theatre
Joe Distefano - Owner of Chopsticks & Marrow
Haron Hargrave - CEO & Founder of Ballin4peace
Anthony Liberatoscioli - Chair of Astoria Park Alliance   
Rob MacKay - Director at QEDC Tourism Council    
Janice Melnick - Executive Director of the Alliance for Flushing Meadows Corona Park
Katie Moore - Former Political Director at HTC 
Michelle Stoddart - VP of Community Development at Resorts World 
Eddie Valentin - Owner of Friend’s Tavern
Jennifer Monica Walden - Executive Director at Queens County Farm Museum
Debra Wimpfheimer - Chief Operating Officer at the Queens Museum
Pedro Zamora - President of La Boom

Vijay Dandapani - President of Hotel Association of NYC

Tyra Emerson - Founder of Culture Collaborative Jamaica

Carina Kaufman-Gutierrez - Deputy Director at the Street Vendor Project

Daniel Zausner - Chief Operating Officer of the USTA National Tennis Center, Inc.

SENIORS AND VETERANS AFFAIRS

Major Sharon Sweeting-Lindsey, Chair VETS Inc.
Maggie Castro - Associate State Director at AARP NY
Jonathan Gaffney - Deputy Executive Director of Ocean Bay Houses 
Dr. Coralanne Griffith-Hunte

Tim Turane - Public Relations Office at the American Legion Post 483
Cesar Vargas - Counsel and Legislative Director for NYC Council Member Carlos Menchaca

YOUTH

Martha Ayon, Chair - Head of Azul Public Solutions
Khaleel Anderson - Assembly Member
Cloyette Harris-Stoute - Founder of Guyanese Girls Rock Foundation
J.D. Kim - Community Initiatives Coordinator for New York City Council Economic Development
Joe Pressley - CEO at Hetrick-Martin Institute
Lew Zuchman - Executive Director of SCAN

Enrique Pena - Student, Queens College

Sumana Ali - Student, Lehman College

Andres Aguirre - Student, CUNY
 

*Each of the chairs serve as ex officio members on Appointments.
*Organizational titles and affiliations are provided for identification purposes only.

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