Executive Leadership

Steven K. Choi

Executive Director

Steve Choi is the Executive Director of the New York Immigration Coalition, a coalition of over 200 member groups that represents New York State’s immigrant communities. He has tripled the organizational budget and doubled the size of the organization’s staff since joining in 2013, now overseeing the nation’s largest state immigrant rights coalition and serving as the chief advocate on immigrant rights, education, civic participation, and health care access on the Federal, state and local levels.

From 2009 to 2013, Steve was the Executive Director of the MinKwon Center for Community Action, which represents the Korean and Asian community in New York. Prior to that, he was Director of the Korean Workers Project at the Asian American Legal Defense & Education Fund (AALDEF). His previous experience includes working for the Hale and Dorr Legal Services Center in Boston, Greater Boston Legal Services, and the Asian Pacific American Legal Center of Los Angeles.

Steve received a J.D. from Harvard Law School, a M.A. from the University of Hawaii, and a B.A. from Stanford University in History with Honors. He is the recipient of the 2013 New York Law Journal’s “Rising Stars” Award, the 2012 NAPABA Best Lawyers Under 40 Award, the Korean American Association “Man of the Year” Award, the Skadden Fellowship, the Wasserstein Fellowship, the Skirnick Public Interest Fellowship, and the Harvard Law School Asian Pacific American Alumni Award. He also currently serves on the New York City Commission on Human Rights.

Sara Rakita

Executive Vice President

Sara is the NYIC Executive Vice President. Sara supervises the NYIC's membership program, capacity-building efforts for community-based organizations, support for direct service providers and finance and administration. Sara played a key role in developing the NYIC's 2016-2020 strategic plan and in organizing the 2015 NYIC conference. Prior to joining the NYIC in 2014, Sara served as Associate Director of the Public Interest Law Center at NYU School of Law. She also served as a consultant to organizations including the Ford Foundation and Amnesty International USA, and as an Africa researcher at Human Rights Watch - two years of which were based in Kigali, Rwanda. Sara is a dedicated New Yorker and proud Queens resident, where she lives with her husband and two children. In addition to speaking fluent French, proficient Spanish, and some Russian, Sara holds a law degree from NYU, a masters of international affairs from Columbia University, and a B.A. from the American University.

Genevieve (Gigi) Gazón

Chief of Staff

Gigi Gazón is the NYIC Chief of Staff, which is a newly created position at the New York Immigration Coalition created to oversee the day-to-day management of NYIC’s highly talented program, policy and advocacy staff. In this role, she works closely with NYIC staff to assist in maintaining the high quality work across all areas of the organization. Prior to joining the NYIC, Gigi served as the Deputy Director of the City of Jersey City’s Division of Community Development. Gigi was born and raised in New York City to Dominican immigrant parents and currently lives in Jersey City with her husband and two children. She holds a degree in Urban Policy and Advocacy from SUNY Empire State College and speaks Spanish fluently.

Murad Awawdeh

Vice President of Advocacy

Murad Awawdeh is the NYIC Vice President of Advocacy at the New York Immigration Coalition. Murad leads the Coalition's Community, Political, and Member Engagement departments. Formerly, Murad was the NYIC’s Director of Political Engagement where he led the organization's Federal, State, and Local legislative and policy campaigns to push for a more inclusive New York. Through his work, Murad has been able to secure over $120 million in funding for low-income communities of color. He has been featured in VICE, the Baffler, NY1, NY Daily News, Daily Beast, and Huffington Post. He was honored with the Brooklyn Do Gooder Award, Congressional Recognition, and State Senate and Assembly Achievement and Service Awards.

Elizabeth (Betsy) Plum

Vice President of Policy

Betsy Plum is the NYIC Vice President of Policy. She oversees the organization's issue-based policy programs, which seek to influence public policies to expand basic rights for immigrants and ensure immigrants can build truly thriving and fulfilled lives. Since joining the NYIC in 2013, Betsy has led several initiatives and campaigns to empower and integrate immigrant communities including: her leadership of the “This is Our New York” campaign in response to the 2016 presidential election, adult education and workforce development policy, and the NYIC's Key to the City Initiative. Prior to joining the NYIC, Betsy was a staff member at Central American Legal Assistance. She speaks Spanish, lives in Brooklyn, and is a graduate of Bard College and the London School of Economics and Political Science.


Alejandra Lopez-Cuellar

Interim Associate of Membership and Capacity Building

Alejandra Lopez-Cuellar is the AmeriCorps VISTA Leader for the 2017-2018 VISTA cohort at the NYIC. Through her position, she manages, supports, and allocates the proper resources to current VISTA serving at various NYIC host sites, as well as recruiting and training volunteers. Before joining the NYIC, Alejandra served a year as an AmeriCorps CSU STEM VISTA, at her host site, San Jose State University, under their Engineering Projects for Community Service (EPICS). During her time there, she supported the students enrolled in the course and connected the EPICS program with the necessary community partners, industry sponsors, and technically skilled mentors. Alejandra earned her B.A. in Ethnic Studies with a Political Science minor from the University of San Diego.

Anique Singer

Operations Associate

Anique is the NYIC Operations Associate. She assists with event planning and provides administrative support to the staff. She previously worked at The National Asian Pacific American Women's Forum (NAPAWF) as the Finance and Operations Associate and as a Fellow with their Reproductive Justice Leadership Institute (RJLI). Before that, she was the Project FAIR and Public Benefits Paralegal with the Legal Aid Society.

Anique is Okinawan American and was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii. She holds a B.A. from Tufts University, where she double majored in Sociology (with a focus on Social Inequalities and Social Change) and Peace and Justice Studies (with a concentration in Gender Studies).

Anu Joshi

Senior Director of Immigrant Rights Policy

Anu Joshi is the Senior Director of Immigrant Rights Policy at the New York Immigration Coalition where she leads the organization's work on issues relating to immigration status and enforcement. She has worked for over seven years in the immigrant rights movement, including with the Center for New Community in Chicago and the American Immigration Lawyers Association in Washington, D.C. Previously, Anu organized around issues relating to access to education and foreign policy and spent three years as a child services social worker in the Bay Area. She is a native Californian and has her Masters in Social Welfare from UC Berkeley.

Arianna Rosales

Manager of Communications

Arianna Rosales is the Communications Manager at the NYIC. In this role, she supports the organization's digital, marketing, and press strategy. Previously, she worked as the Deputy Editor and Production Manager at the Stanford Law School, and spent a year contributing to the Communications and Development divisions at the Guttmacher Institute.

Arianna is a native Californian and graduated from Stanford University with a BA in English Literature.

Camille J. Mackler

Director of Immigration Legal Policy

Camille J. Mackler, Esq. is the NYIC Director of Immigration Legal Policy. In her role, she works on crafting NYIC policy priorities relating to access to justice and right to counsel for New York's immigrant communities. Prior to joining the NYIC, Camille was in private practice representing detained and non-detained immigrants facing deportation, in asylum proceedings, or in family-based petitions. She currently serves as the Chair of the Protecting Immigrant New Yorkers Task Force, the Chair of the New York State Bar Association’s Committee on Immigration Representation, and sits on the American Immigration Lawyers Association committees on Consumer Protection and Unauthorized Practice of Law (national) and Media & Advocacy (New York Chapter).

Claudia Calhoon

Senior Director of Immigrant Integration Policy

Claudia is the Senior Director of Immigrant Integration Policy. Policy Claudia joined the NYIC in 2014 and worked in the Health program for four years, leading development and execution of city and state campaigns to improve health access, coverage, and delivery for immigrant communities. As Senior Director, she will strengthen cross-sector collaborations and build the capacity of NYIC's Health, Education, and Democracy Policy program areas. Claudia has provided leadership to the Bellevue/NYU Program for Survivors of Torture, at the Open Society Foundations, and as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Cuenca, Ecuador. She is a member of the Executive Committee of the HHC Delivery System Reform Incentive Program (DSRIP) Performing Provider System and the Community Advisory Board of the NYU Center for the Elimination of Cancer Disparities. Claudia is currently enrolled in the Doctorate of Public Health Program at the CUNY Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy. She received a MPH from the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University and a BA in American History from Earlham College.

Erica Watson

Immigrant Services Support Associate, Training

Erica Watson is the NYIC Immigrant Services Support Training Associate. As part of the Immigrant Services Support team, she coordinates trainings in order to build the capacity of legal service providers and other immigrant-serving organizations. She first joined the NYIC as an Americorps VISTA and worked to connect low-income immigrants to legal services and other critical resources. Prior to joining the NYIC, Erica worked to support migrant farmworkers in New York State at the Cornell Farmworker Program. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish at Cornell University.

Fabiola Ortiz Valdez

Manager of Member Engagement, Central New York

Fabiola is originally from Chihuahua, Mexico. She is the Manager of Member Engagement for Central New York. Fabiola is based in Syracuse, where she coordinates the advocacy efforts of NYIC members and partner organizations in CNY around issues of deportation, workers’ rights, access to services, etc. Fabiola worked as an organizer in her home country supporting the work of Zapatista communities in Chiapas. Fabiola has worked with migrant farmworkers in the U.S. since 2009, first as a health case manager and researcher in the egg, dairy, and blueberry industries in Maine, and then as a researcher and labor organizer with dairy workers in New York. She has also participated and led research projects with different immigrant communities across the country. Fabiola holds a B.A. in Anthropology-Geography from the University of Southern Maine a M.A. in Cultural Anthropology from Syracuse University, and is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Anthropology from Syracuse University.

Jano Tantongco

Communications Associate & Online Editor for Long Island Wins

Jano Tantongco is the Communications Associate at the NYIC, supporting the organization's overall communications strategy. He also serves as the Online Editor for Long Island Wins, an editorial advocacy project of the NYIC. Before joining the team in 2018, he worked as a journalist for weekly newspapers in Long Island and Queens. His work has appeared in Long Island Wins, Long Islander News, Long Island Weekly, The Queens Courier, and The New York Times. He also occasionally works as a wedding photographer on the weekends. In his spare moments, he enjoys reading about Zen philosophy, listening to Bossa Nova, and writing fiction. A proud alumnus of Queens College, Jano earned his B.A. in Media Studies.

Jennifer So

Manager of Immigrant Services Support, Events

Jennifer (Jeong Hyun) So is the Manager of Immigrant Services Support, Events. Jen oversees the NYIC's Key to the City initiative and other events promoting service access among immigrant communities in New York City. As a 1.5-generation Korean immigrant to the U.S., Jen is strongly committed to immigrant empowerment. Prior to joining the NYIC, Jen created the Operations Manual for the Queens Human Trafficking Intervention Court, and supported community outreach and education efforts at the Korean American Family Service Center. Jen has also managed editorial sponsorship projects for, and served as a fellow for anti-trafficking projects at International Justice Mission in South Asia. Jen holds a MSW from the Columbia School of Social Work and a BA in Psychology from New York University.

Juan J. Ramírez

Manager of Human Resources

Juan J. Ramirez is the NYIC Manager of Human Resources. Juan joined the organization in 2007 as the Executive Assistant, managing the Office of the Executive Director. In his current position, he manages office administration along with the IT infrastructure of the organization. Juan is involved in the logistics for most organizational events such as: advocacy days of action, the NYIC Gala, and the Annual Meeting,among others. Additionally, he works with core functions relating to human resources and assists in setting and implementing employee policies. In his personal time, he volunteers with nonprofits that focus on education access and served as a mentor through iMentor.

Juan holds a Bachelor of Arts in History with a focus on Colonial Latin America from Cornell University in Ithaca, NY.

Liza Schwartzwald

Manager of Education Policy

Liza Schwartzwald is the NYIC Manager of Education Policy. She focuses on Early Childhood Education and Care, Adult Literacy, and Two-Generation work, and works with the Director of Education to uplift educational opportunities for immigrant families and English Language Learners in New York in a holistic and integrated way. She previously worked as a Policy and Advocacy Associate at United Neighborhood Houses, where she worked on the Families United for Learning and Literacy (FULL) family literacy initiative.

Liza holds a dual bachelors degree from Florida Atlantic University in History and Interdisciplinary Humanities, an MSW from Fordham University, and a JD from Emory University School of Law. She is barred to practice law in New York State.

Kemah George

Community Engagement Manager

Kemah George is the NYIC Community Engagement Manager. Kemah works to strengthen immigrant communities through education and engagement. In her advocacy role, she supports the Black Immigrant Engagement Initiative and Know Your Rights workshops. Prior to joining the NYIC, Kemah served as the Coordinator of Social Justice at the YWCA Brooklyn, where she developed programs and implemented social justice initiatives for women and girls. She also assisted in the development of the Central American Minors program at the International Rescue Committee in Silver Spring, MD and facilitated community orientation sessions for newly arrived refugees at the IRC in Atlanta, GA.

Kemah was born in Brooklyn, New York to Liberian immigrants. She holds a law degree from Howard University School of Law, a Master's of Public Policy from George Mason University, and a B.S.Ed in English Education from The University of Georgia.

Kim Sykes

Director of Education Policy

Kim Sykes is the NYIC Director of Education Policy. Kim has longstanding ties to the NYIC, first working as a Fellow within the Worker's Rights program in 2008. She then joined the NYIC in September 2010 as a Policy and Program Fellow responsible for special projects such as co-leading the National Immigrant Integration Conference's education track and developing the NYIC's first performance evaluation system. Her current responsibilities include overseeing the NYIC's education policy work to support immigrant students and English language learners. She has run the NYIC's Education Collaborative since 2012, steering its successful campaigns on language access and protecting students from Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Previously, she was Account Supervisor at Resnicow + Associates, a leading strategic communications agency for non-profit arts organizations.

Kim holds a Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing and Spanish from DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana and an MPA from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) with dual concentrations in social policy and nonprofit management.

Kiwi Grady

Senior Manager of Membership & Capacity Building

Kiwi Grady is the NYIC Senior Manager of Member Services and Leadership Development. In her role, she runs leadership development and service programs such as the NYIC VISTA program, which places AmeriCorps members in service at nonprofit organizations around New York State, where they build capacity for immigrant-focused anti-poverty programs and services; and the NYIC Volunteer program, which provides opportunities for individuals to support diverse immigration services, advocacy efforts, and fundraising campaigns. She also has a leadership role in the ongoing development of the NYIC's Membership program, which works to support and engage nonprofit organizations in immigration advocacy and service campaigns, and created the New Americans Youth Leadership Corps, a leadership development and service program for first and second generation immigrant youth. Prior to working at the NYIC, Kiwi managed student leadership development programs and organizational chapters at the national Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN), and peer education-in-residence and social justice programs at New York University’s (NYU) Department of Residential Education.

Kiwi earned a bachelor’s degree in Gender and Sexuality Studies and a master’s degree in Higher Education Administration at the NYU Gallatin School of Individualized Study and the NYU Steinhardt School of Education, respectively. In her fairly limited spare time, Kiwi loves to consume speculative fiction, read comic books, obsess over theme parks, and try to understand cats (it is not working).

Makdyanet Cedeno

Manager of Immigrant Services Support, Outreach

Makdy is the NYIC Manager of Immigrant Services Support. Makdy is a native New Yorker born to Dominican parents with a strong interest in public service. She attended high school in the Bronx and went on to complete her undergraduate studies at the University of Vermont where she earned a BA in Political Science. Post undergrad, she returned to New York where she attended NYU Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service and received her MPA in Public Non Profit Management and Policy. In Makdy's professional career she has worked as a Single Stop Coordinator as part a Robin Hood initiative screening low income residents for city and state benefits they are entitled to, and also as a Performance Improvement Coordinator doing continuous quality improvement work for a mental health service agency composed of 175 programs and approximately 40,000 clients.

Mark Libatique

Membership & Capacity Building Associate

Mark has been the NYIC Membership and Capacity-Building Associate since the beginning of 2017. Prior to that, he's been: a museum tour guide, an adult night school French and Mandarin teacher, a news editor, a freelance editorial consultant, a street canvasser, and a cashier at a Times Square watch store (among other things).

Mark received his BA in journalism at Rutgers University and is currently working on getting his Masters degree in Public Administration from NYU.

Márton Diószegi

Manager of Member Engagement, Long Island

Márton Diószegi is the NYIC Manager of Member Engagement for Long Island. Before NYIC, Márton worked as an outreach specialist at the Health and Welfare Council of Long Island, building an agency-to-agency referral system for SNAP application assistance as well as providing direct services to the community. Prior to that, he worked as a human rights accompanier with FOR Peace Presence in Colombia, witnessing non-violent resistance to armed conflict while living in the Peace Community of San José de Apartadó along with the physical and political accompaniment of human rights organizations and communities. Before Colombia, Márton worked at Belmont Race Track, focusing on educational services for workers at the track.

Márton was born in Hungary and holds an MA degree in International Relations from Corvinus
University of Budapest. He is fluent in Hungarian and Spanish. In his free time, he likes to travel.

Max W. Hadler

Director of Health Policy

Max Hadler is the NYIC Director of Health Policy. He works on a range of issues and campaigns at the city and state levels to improve health access, coverage, and delivery for immigrant communities. Prior to joining the NYIC team, he worked in many capacities related to access to care for immigrants, including project director and research associate at the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research, researcher at the UCLA North American Integration and Development Center, and Spanish-English medical interpreter at Yale-New Haven Hospital. Max received an MPH from the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health and an MA in Latin American Studies from the UCLA International Institute. He also holds a BA from Wesleyan University.

Maya Moskowitz

Communications Associate for Press & Media

Maya Moskowitz is a recent graduate of Oberlin College, where she majored in Politics with a concentration in Peace and Conflict Studies. She also has a strong filmmaking background, and studied at the Prague Film School in the Documentary Production program. Maya has worked on several student films, as well as commercial shoots. She began her focus on immigration when she traveled to Lesvos Island, Greece in 2015 as an independent volunteer, assisting migrants crossing the Aegean Sea. Upon returning to Oberlin, Maya conducted research on the rejection of refugees as an effect of the Communist legacy in the former-Eastern Bloc, as well as the rise of Islamophobia in the United States post-9/11 and how it may contribute to restrictionist immigration policy. She previously interned with HIAS Refugee Resettlement in their Community Engagement department. Maya is passionate about social justice and equal opportunity, as well as dogs, good food, and curly hair!

Mayra Aldás-Deckert

Director of Community Engagement

Mayra Aldás-Deckert is the NYIC Director of Community Engagement at The New York Immigration Coalition where she provides management, logistics, and strategic planning support for a number of NYIC initiatives that support community and family engagement. She develops and implements outreach strategies to engage, educate, and inform NY's diverse communities. Previously she served as the main coordinator of the NYIC’s Key to the City Initiative, which brings foreign consulates alongside social and legal service providers to schools in immigrant neighborhoods for multi-day specialized events. A native of Ecuador, Mayra moved to NYC in 2005 with her family. She joined the New York Immigration Coalition in 2014.

Mayra graduated from Brooklyn College earning a B.S. in Business Management and Finance in 2013. In Ambato, she completed three years of Commercial Engineering with a focus in Management and Business Planning at the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador.

Meghan Maloney de Zaldivar

Manager of Member Engagement, Western NY

Meghan is the NYIC Manager of Member Engagement in Western New York. Meghan is a native of Buffalo, New York. In her role, Meghan works with NYIC members and partners to understand and advocate for the complex and diverse issues that immigrants face in the Western New York region. Before coming to the NYIC, Meghan worked on Buffalo's West Side for People United for Sustainable Housing (PUSH) Buffalo as an organizer and Community Education Specialist. Prior to her work with PUSH, Meghan worked in El Salvador for the Center for Exchange and Solidarity. In El Salvador, Meghan also contributed in various roles, researching gender inequality in organizing, coordinating international election observation, working with community health organizations, and interpreting and translating for various individuals and professionals. Meghan holds a BA from Hampshire College in Central American Studies and Popular Education.

Meredith Fortin

Director of Immigrant Services Support

Meredith Fortin is the NYIC Director of Immigrant Services Support. Meredith oversees a program dedicated to supporting service providers in the state, which includes coordination of direct service providers in coalition (including rapid response work), management of the NYIC's training institute, and the administration of events like the NYIC's Key to the City initiative. Previously she was the Asylum Program Officer at Physicians for Human Rights, where she oversaw the development, recruitment, and training of the Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) Asylum Network. Before that, Meredith served as a staff attorney and then director of the Immigration Legal Program at Lutheran Social Services of New York. Meredith has represented clients before the Executive Office for Immigration Review and the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service in a broad range of immigration matters, developed and conducted Know Your Rights programs as well as both legal and non-legal trainings for professionals, and managed community-based pro-bono immigration clinics. Meredith holds a BA from the College of William and Mary, and a JD from New York University School of Law.

Muzna Ansari

Deputy Chief of Staff, Programs

Muzna works across different departments within the NYIC to ensure cross-departmental strategy and cohesion, particularly on advocacy priorities. Previously, she led the organization's Blueprint project, a strategic plan for advocacy on statewide issues. Muzna has over eight years of diverse experience in advocacy, policy, and philanthropy. Before joining the NYIC, she worked with the Immigration and Civil Rights Committees of the New York City Council, where she supported passage of the Fair Chance Act and the Stop Credit Discrimination in Employment Act. Previously, she worked on voting rights and campaign finance reform with the Democracy Fund of the Open Society Foundations and supported $15 million in grantmaking portfolios.

Muzna received her B.A. with distinction from Barnard College and her Master's in Public Administration from New York University's Wagner School of Public Service.

Nichole Benjamin

Manager of Development, Individuals, Events

Nichole Benjamin is the Manager of Development and oversees the organization’s individual giving program as well as its annual gala. Previously, she wrote grant proposals for an arts organization, and also has experience as a front-line fundraiser for the Cardinal's office with the Archdiocese of New York.

Nichole is a Brooklyn native and resident, with an immigrant family from the sister islands of Trinidad and Tobago. She holds a master's degree in sociology and a bachelor's degree in pre-law studies from Saint John's University.

Paul Westrick

Manager of Democracy Policy

Paul Westrick is the Manager of Democracy Policy at the NYIC where he works to identify and reduce barriers immigrant New Yorkers face in being fully enfranchised and engaged, and partners with elected officials and advocates to implement policy solutions. Prior to joining the New York Immigration Coalition, Paul was a campaign field operative with experience on four campaigns in three states. Most recently, he served for nearly five years as legislative director to a New York City council member where he successfully worked to pass online voter registration, an affordable housing database, and a ballot initiative to reduce the influence of big-money contributions in New York City’s elections.

He holds an MA in International Affairs from Florida State University.

Rovika Rajkishun

Development Director

Rovika Rajkishun is the Development Director for the NYIC. In this capacity, she oversees the fundraising initiatives for the organization. Utilizing almost fifteen years of experience in fundraising, Rovika's expertise includes strategies for increasing revenues and diversifying funding streams, individual donor and board stewardship, and establishing and maintaining relationships with foundations and corporate grantors. Rovika has a B.A. in Comparative Religion from Barnard College. She has lived in Sunset Park, Brooklyn for the last sixteen years with her husband. They now have two sons. Rovika is on the board of directors of two non-profits: Girls for Gender Equity and Wild Earth. She also teaches as part of the Robin Hood Foundation's Grant Readiness Training Program (G.R.I.T).

Saima Anjam

Senior Director of Advocacy

Saima Anjam is the Senior Director of Advocacy at the New York Immigration Coalition (NYIC). Saima leads the Coalition's member and political engagement work to ensure we build an inclusive and representative State that embraces and supports all New Yorkers. Saima works on campaigns at the local, state, and federal level to fighting for immigrant justice. Saima has committed her life working to create and support necessary social change so all New Yorkers can thrive. Prior to joining the NYIC, Saima was the Director of Public Policy at the New York State Coalition Against Domestic Violence, the Environmental Health Director for Environmental Advocates of New York, and served as a project coordinator for the New York Public Interest Research Group where she coordinated the research, advocacy and outreach efforts of offices in Long Island and Queens, New York.

Silvia Gonzales

Manager of Administration & Finance

Silvia is the NYIC Manager of Administration and Finance. In her current role, she manages the financial health of the organization and oversees state and city contracts from budgeting to reporting. A native Peruvian, Silvia fell in love with nonprofits when she was a teenager. Inspired by a high school program Global Kids at International High School at LaGuardia Community College, Silvia quickly developed a deep passion for nonprofit and charitable work. She joined the New York Immigration Coalition as an intern in 2005 and has provided administrative support to the NYIC for over 10 years.

Silvia holds a BA in Political Science and Latin American Studies from Hunter College.

Suvasini Patel

Communications Strategist

Suvasini Patel is the communications strategist at NYIC. In this newly created role, she oversees the communications team and works to optimize processes and opportunities to ensure that organizational issues and concerns remain in the public eye. Previously, she led communications efforts at a poverty research center at New York University and at WITNESS, the international human rights group. She also served as the Deputy Director of Special Projects at journalist Bill Moyers' Public Affairs Television and as the High Impact TV Director at the PBS series, P.O.V., where she developed dozens of online and community-based campaigns with scores of national and local partners and public television stations in support of some of the most pressing social causes of our times.

Theodore Moore

Director of Local Policy and Legislation

Theodore Moore is the Director of Local Policy and Legislation at the NYIC where he supports the development of local and regional campaigns. He brings over 15 years of non-profit and political advocacy experience, having previously worked as a Senior Policy Analyst for NYC Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito in the Policy & Innovation Division, as the National Lead Organizer with the Restaurant Opportunities Center United (ROC-United), with ALIGN: The Alliance for a Greater New York, and with the Working Families Party. Theo is also a founding member of New Kings Democrats and serves as a board member of the Riders Alliance. He is a lifelong resident of Brooklyn, born and raised in the East Flatbush section of the borough, and a long-suffering Mets fan. #LGM

Wennie Chin

Senior Manager of Civic Engagement

Wennie Chin is the Senior Manager of Civic Engagement at the NYIC. She oversees the organization's work in civic participation, electoral reform, and good government practices.

Prior to joining the New York Immigration Coalition, Wennie was a Community Organizer at the MinKwon Center for Community Action working with Asian American youths and supported the launch of APA VOICE. Wennie previously managed two State Senate races in Queens and was formerly on the board for OCA-NY Advocates, chairing their Civil Rights Committee.

Wennie received her B.A. cum laude with high honors in Politics and Asian American Studies from NYU.


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