Executive Committee

 

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ANUSHA VENKATARAMAN

President

AnushaVenkataraman.jpgAnusha Venkataraman works at the intersection of urban planning, cultural organizing and advocacy, and grassroots community engagement. She was most recently the Director of the Green Light District sustainability initiative at El Puente in the Southside of Williamsburg. She is a steering committee member of Naturally Occurring Cultural Districts New York (NOCD-NY), and Chair of the North Brooklyn Open Space Alliance community committee. Anusha is also an avid writer and editor. A child of Indian and Irish immigrants, Anusha grew up in Ohio, found herself in Rhode Island, and made a home in Brooklyn.

@TheRealAnusha

 

 

SARA SHOENER

Chief of Operations

Secretary.jpgSara is a researcher and advocate who focuses her work at the intersection of gender and poverty.  An ethnographer by training, Sara studies and helps plan programs intended to enhance intimate partner violence survivors’ social, emotional, and economic well-being. 

Sara has a particular fondness for feminist punk rock, dogs, rye whiskey, and bad puns. She grew up in Scranton, Pennsylvania, but moved to Brooklyn in 2008 and doesn’t plan on leaving any time soon. 

@shoeners

www.sarashoener.com 

 

  

YANETH LOMBANA

VP of Organizing

Yaneth_small.jpgYaneth Lombana is a social worker who has worked mobilizing communities around education, youth, and worker rights. Her international experience comes from work done in places like Burkina Faso, Costa Rica, Ivory Coast, and Haiti. She is currently a rape victim advocate at several several NYC hospitals and a member of Brooklyn Movement Center's anti-street harassment working group. Yaneth is into mindful meditation, dancing tango, and taking naps.

@LombanaYaneth

 

 

MATT STERN

VP of Political Affairs

Matt_small.jpgMatt is a former high school english teacher and has worked at the intersection of education, policy and politics ever since. He currently works in fundraising and communications to support K-12 students in south Brooklyn, while also serving as a budget delegate in his local councilmember's participatory budgeting education committee. He is also a member of the Kings County Democratic County Committee.

Matt was raised in New York and Maryland as a grandchild of immigrants. He loves old music, reading, and he ​discovered the thrill of moshing far too late in life to enjoy it without injury.

@MatthewStern

 

 

BRANDON WEST

VP of Policy

BrandonWest.jpgBrandon West is a reform policy wonk who works as a Senior Legislative Financial Analyst at the New York City Council. He has spent time in the good government world in NYC, as well as Philly where he ran an election oversight program. As a former facilitator for the Participatory Budgeting Project and volunteer with Citizens Union, Brandon has a strong interest in improving the way government works for everyday people. Born across the river in New Jersey, Brandon has been a resident of the Park Slope area since 2009, and yes, he is a member of the food coop.

@btwest

 

JASMINE FERNANDEZ

Director of Membership

 

  

RYAN SHANLEY

Director of Communications

Ryan Shanley

Ryan is an data analyst who works on research related to poverty and homelessness. His political interests include homelessness, public health, government transparency, and campaign finance reform. His hobbies include running and napping with pets. Ryan has lived in Rochester, Syracuse, and Ithaca, but has called Brooklyn home since 2008.

@rpshanley

 

 

ESSENCE FRANKLIN

Treasurer

 

 

 


 

2016

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President: Anusha Venkataraman
Chief of Operations: Sara Shoener
VP of Political Affairs & Policy: Brandon West
VP of Organizing: Theo Moore
Secretary: Rodrigo Camarena
Digital Director: Ryan Shanley

 

2015

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President: Andrew Sloat
VP of Political Affairs & Policy: Anusha Venkataraman
VP of Organizing: Theo Moore
Secretary: Sara Shoener
Digital Director: Ryan Shanley

 

2014

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President: Andrew Sloat
VP of Political Affairs & Policy: Esteban Duran
VP of Organizing: Theo Moore
Treasurer: Rachel Lauter
Secretary: Lacey Tauber
Digital Director: Annie Werner

 

2013

President: Alex Low
VP of Political Affairs: Esteban Duran
VP of Organizing: Theo Moore
Treasurer: Catherine Butler
Secretary: Andrew Sloat
Director of Communications: Greg Wasserstrom

 

2012

President: Alex Low
VP of Political Affairs: Morgan Pehme (partial term), Chris Barron (partial term)
VP of Organizing: Theo Moore
Treasurer: Catherine Butler
Secretary: Antonio Reynoso
Director of Communications: Andrew Sloat

 

2011

President: Matt Cowherd
VP of Political Affairs: Sarah Baker
VP of Organizing: Theo Moore
Treasurer: Alex Low
Corresponding Secretary: Connie Rourke
Recording Secretary: Maisha Morales

 

2009–10

President: Matt Cowherd
Vice President: Lincoln Restler
Corresponding Secretary: Chris Henderson
Recording Secretary: Will Florentino
Treasurer: Alex Low
Parliamentarian: Sarah Baker

 

2008–09

Co-Chair: Matt Cowherd
Co-Chair: Rachel Lauter
Treasurer: Andrew Stengel
Secretary: Laura Stein
Communications: Morgan Pehme


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