Executive Committee

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BW_72.jpgBrandon West is a longtime reformer and policy advocate from the good government world. He has experience directing an election oversight program and working to make government more transparent and responsible from inside and outside City Hall. After spending years analyzing the city's budgeting process in the Mayor's Office and in City Council, Brandon now works in advocating and organizing nationally around voting rights and democracy issues with historically disadvantaged communities. He has been a resident of the Park Slope area since 2009 and, yes, he is a member of the food coop.




Chief of Operations

JessePierce.jpgJesse joined NKD in the summer of 2016 and hasn't looked back. She's passionate about accessibility and transparency in technology and education, alongside a healthy obsession for progressive reforms in government. Originally from North Carolina, she has called Brooklyn home for 3 years and loves biking around the borough.




VP of Political Affairs

EmilyHoffman.jpgEmily is an attorney who represents and advocates for the rights of individuals facing employment and housing discrimination on the basis of their criminal convictions. A New York City politics junkie, she is thrilled to spend this year strategizing about how to get more leaders from underrepresented communities and demographic groups into local office. In her free time, Emily enjoys traveling, doing crossword puzzles, and eating peanut butter straight from the jar. She has lived in Brooklyn since 2010.






VP of Policy

Mariana_Alexander.pngMariana is a budget and policy analyst whose work focuses on New York City’s financial transparency and well-being. Prior to working in the thrilling field of public budgeting, she was a foster care case planner in Jamaica, Queens, and ran a micro-finance program in Uganda. Mariana was born and raised in Brooklyn but unfortunately doesn’t have the accent to prove it.





VP of Organizing

AngelaLaScalaGruenewald.jpgAngela is a researcher whose work focuses on criminal justice reform and potential avenues to counteract the expanding penal system. She is a reformed bureaucrat, having previously worked in New York City government. Angela is beyond enthused to continue to grow NKD’s progressive organizing power over the coming year and push for a more responsive, transparent government. She grew up in California and came to New York City by way of Chicago. Angela finds joy in her tortilla press, nonfiction acknowledgements, and the big and small canines of Brooklyn.





Director of Membership

BeckySteinberg.jpgBecky spends her days in the private sector, thinking of ways to engage and empower her firm’s employees. She’s thrilled to work closer with the community and help foster a more transparent and progressive Democratic Party.






FredLaPolla.jpgFred LaPolla is a medical librarian who is thrilled to work managing financial filings and fundraising this year. He is an avid reader of political news and has lived in Brooklyn since 2011. In his free time, he enjoys cooking and drawing.





Director of Communications

JT1.jpgJessica wears a lot of hats: she is a sustainability communications consultant, fine artist, and expert cat-petter. Born and raised in Virginia, she has called Brooklyn home for the past six years and proudly serves as the Secretary of Community Board 2. In addition to converting fellow political organizers into hockey fans, Jessica loves cooking, gentle park strolls, and any activity centered around crafts.







MariaBarva_72.jpgMaria spends her days convincing people that radio is still the best and never minds working on a good spreadsheet. She has always been passionate about accountability in politics and has been thrilled to find a political outlet through NKD since she joined in early 2017. She’s originally from New Mexico, but has lived in Brooklyn for 11 years. As long as she is able to bring home a suitcase full of Hatch green chile every year, she plans to stay put. Her other passions include seeing live music, watching all the movies, and using up the storage on her phone with pictures of her cats.






President: Anusha Venkataraman (until November 2017)
Chief of Operations: Sara Shoener
VP of Policy: Brandon West
VP of Political Affairs: Matt Stern
VP of Organizing: Yaneth Lombana
Director of Membership: Jasmine Fernandez
Director of Communications: Ryan Shanley
Treasurer: Essence Franklin, Anna Scaife
Secretary: Cindy Tran



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



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



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


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


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


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


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


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

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