The Executive Team

Jose Lopez

Co-Executive Director

Jose Lopez is one of the three Co-Executive Directors of Make the Road New York. For two decades, Jose has demonstrated his commitment to Make the Road New York and the communities which we serve. Prior to being named Co-Executive Director, Jose served as Deputy Director and Co-Director of Organizing where he helped to shape and deliver on impactful projects and policies in the arenas of housing, education, labor and police reform. His commitment and policy expertise on affordable housing and renters rights helped to secure the strongest rental protections passed in Albany in a generation. Outside of providing campaign support to our team of 44 organizers, Jose sits on the board of Communities United for Police Reform Action, a coalition committed to ending discriminatory and abusive policing in New York State. In December 2014, Jose was appointed to President Obama’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing and since has published pieces on changing youth attitudes towards policing. Jose is a graduate of Hofstra University and dad of Amelie Soleil.

Arlenis Morel

Co-Executive Director

Arlenis immigrated to the United States from Venezuela in 1992. She is a long-time resident of Bushwick, Brooklyn. In 2003, Arlenis joined MRNY’s staff as a part-time receptionist. She became more and more involved in MRNY, taking advantage of the organization’s leadership development trainings, and eventually worked her way up to lead the organization’s Operations department. In 2015, she stepped into the role of Chief of Staff, overseeing the Operations, HR and IT departments and is now one of the three Co-Executive Directors of MRNY. She is leading the implementation of MRNY’s strategic plan and is responsible for maintaining overall day-to-day operations of MRNY. Arlenis has trained at Coro’s Immigrant Civic Leadership Program and Columbia University’s Senior Leaders Program for Non-Profit Professionals. She represented District 24 in Queens on the Community Education Council for two years. She holds an Associate’s Degree from Kingsborough Community College.

Theo Oshiro

Co-Executive Director

Theo is one of the three Co-Executive Directors of Make the Road NY (MRNY). He oversees the services departments at Make the Road New York, including Adult Literacy and Health Advocacy, and serves as our lead health policy expert. A Peruvian immigrant raised in Queens, Theo has been recognized several times for his contributions to immigrant communities, winning the New York Lawyers for the Public Interest’s Felix A. Fishman Award. Theo was appointed by Mayor de Blasio and Governor Cuomo to serve on city- and state-level policy task forces focused on immigrant health and health disparities. Theo joined Make the Road in 2005 after receiving a Master’s Degree from the University of Chicago. Since he began at Make the Road, he has been a leading fundraiser, building MRNY’s health access team from the ground up and expanding the organization’s overall services infrastructure by tripling our staff size across Legal Services, Health and Adult Education, and expanding services for members into our Long Island office. Theo helped lead Make the Road’s expansion into New Jersey, Connecticut and Pennsylvania. From his post at Make the Road, Theo has been a leader in improving language access policies in New York City and State. Theo led MRNY’s advocacy that resulted in the passage of a city-level law and the state-level SafeRx legislation to require comprehensive interpretation and translation services to limited English proficient patients at chain and mail-order pharmacies.

Sienna Fontaine

Legal Counsel

Sienna is Legal Director/General Counsel of Make the Road New York (MRNY). She joined Make the Road in 2015 as the Deputy Legal Director, drawn to the organization’s dynamic law and organizing model. During her time at Make the Road, she has overseen the development of the legal department into a major legal services provider, serving 10,000 annually, contributing to major policy victories, and engaging in cutting edge litigation. She became Co-Legal Director in 2017 and transitioned to Legal Director in 2020. Now, Sienna joins the executive team to support some of the emerging legal needs of the organization as General Counsel. 

Prior to joining Make the Road, Sienna was the Director of Public Benefits at Bronx Legal Services, representing indigent and low-income Bronx individuals and families in civil litigation and administrative hearings to secure access to and maintain public benefits. Sienna’s litigation resulted in wins for recipients of public benefits throughout the state, including amending the Social Services Law to expand due process rights for appellants who have defaulted on administrative fair hearings. Sienna began her legal career at Bronx Legal Services as a Skadden Fellow working on a medical-legal advocacy project, providing legal services to Bronx residents in partnership with Montefiore Hospital. Sienna graduated from NYU School of Law in 2007, and serves as 1st Vice President of the Law Alumni of Color Association (LACA). She has a BA from U.C. Berkeley, where she studied Sociology and Spanish.

Natalia Aristizabal Betancur

Deputy Director

Natalia will be returning to Make the Road New York as Deputy Director. Natalia joined Make the Road as a youth member after immigrating to New York from Colombia at the age of 12. She joined our staff as an organizer and later Co-Director of Organizing. In her years at Make the Road NY she organized alongside young people and TGNIC community members. She played an instrumental role in many of our large-scale organizing victories, including our fight for higher education for undocumented youth. Most recently Natalia was the Director for Immigrant Justice at our sister organization, the Center for Popular Democracy and an early career professor at the Leadership Center of the Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership at City College and the CUNY School of Labor and Urban Studies.

Becca Telzak

Deputy Director

Becca Telzak is Deputy Director of Make the Road New York (MRNY). Since 2009, Becca has been building our health department into a 30+ person operation that serves over 8,000 community members a year and operates in all MRNY’s offices. Under Becca’s leadership, our health programs have expanded to include health insurance enrollment, health navigation services, food stamp enrollment, community health worker (CHW) training, CHW home visiting services, two food pantries, TGNCIQ health services and organizing campaigns to expand access to health insurance and improve care for immigrant communities. Becca led MRNY’s advocacy efforts that resulted in the creation of the NYC Care program at the city level and at the state level ensured that immigrants can access COVID testing and treatment through emergency medicaid.

Prior to working at MRNY, Rebecca received a Fulbright scholarship to Argentina. She has a BA from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor in Latin American and Caribbean Studies and Social Science from the Residential College. She has a Masters Degree in Public Administration from Baruch College. In 2020, Becca received the Joan H. Tisch Community Health Prize. 

Jose Lopez

Co-Executive Director

Jose Lopez is one of the three Co-Executive Directors of Make the Road New York. For two decades, Jose has demonstrated his commitment to Make the Road New York and the communities which we serve. Prior to being named Co-Executive Director, Jose served as Deputy Director and Co-Director of Organizing where he helped to shape and deliver on impactful projects and policies in the arenas of housing, education, labor and police reform. His commitment and policy expertise on affordable housing and renters rights helped to secure the strongest rental protections passed in Albany in a generation. Outside of providing campaign support to our team of 44 organizers, Jose sits on the board of Communities United for Police Reform Action, a coalition committed to ending discriminatory and abusive policing in New York State. In December 2014, Jose was appointed to President Obama’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing and since has published pieces on changing youth attitudes towards policing. Jose is a graduate of Hofstra University and dad of Amelie Soleil.

Arlenis Morel

Co-Executive Director

Arlenis immigrated to the United States from Venezuela in 1992. She is a long-time resident of Bushwick, Brooklyn. In 2003, Arlenis joined MRNY’s staff as a part-time receptionist. She became more and more involved in MRNY, taking advantage of the organization’s leadership development trainings, and eventually worked her way up to lead the organization’s Operations department. In 2015, she stepped into the role of Chief of Staff, overseeing the Operations, HR and IT departments and is now one of the three Co-Executive Directors of MRNY. She is leading the implementation of MRNY’s strategic plan and is responsible for maintaining overall day-to-day operations of MRNY. Arlenis has trained at Coro’s Immigrant Civic Leadership Program and Columbia University’s Senior Leaders Program for Non-Profit Professionals. She represented District 24 in Queens on the Community Education Council for two years. She holds an Associate’s Degree from Kingsborough Community College.

Theo Oshiro

Co-Executive Director

Theo is one of the three Co-Executive Directors of Make the Road NY (MRNY). He oversees the services departments at Make the Road New York, including Adult Literacy and Health Advocacy, and serves as our lead health policy expert. A Peruvian immigrant raised in Queens, Theo has been recognized several times for his contributions to immigrant communities, winning the New York Lawyers for the Public Interest’s Felix A. Fishman Award. Theo was appointed by Mayor de Blasio and Governor Cuomo to serve on city- and state-level policy task forces focused on immigrant health and health disparities. Theo joined Make the Road in 2005 after receiving a Master’s Degree from the University of Chicago. Since he began at Make the Road, he has been a leading fundraiser, building MRNY’s health access team from the ground up and expanding the organization’s overall services infrastructure by tripling our staff size across Legal Services, Health and Adult Education, and expanding services for members into our Long Island office. Theo helped lead Make the Road’s expansion into New Jersey, Connecticut and Pennsylvania. From his post at Make the Road, Theo has been a leader in improving language access policies in New York City and State. Theo led MRNY’s advocacy that resulted in the passage of a city-level law and the state-level SafeRx legislation to require comprehensive interpretation and translation services to limited English proficient patients at chain and mail-order pharmacies.

Sienna Fontaine

Legal Counsel

Sienna is Legal Director/General Counsel of Make the Road New York (MRNY). She joined Make the Road in 2015 as the Deputy Legal Director, drawn to the organization’s dynamic law and organizing model. During her time at Make the Road, she has overseen the development of the legal department into a major legal services provider, serving 10,000 annually, contributing to major policy victories, and engaging in cutting edge litigation. She became Co-Legal Director in 2017 and transitioned to Legal Director in 2020. Now, Sienna joins the executive team to support some of the emerging legal needs of the organization as General Counsel. 

Prior to joining Make the Road, Sienna was the Director of Public Benefits at Bronx Legal Services, representing indigent and low-income Bronx individuals and families in civil litigation and administrative hearings to secure access to and maintain public benefits. Sienna’s litigation resulted in wins for recipients of public benefits throughout the state, including amending the Social Services Law to expand due process rights for appellants who have defaulted on administrative fair hearings. Sienna began her legal career at Bronx Legal Services as a Skadden Fellow working on a medical-legal advocacy project, providing legal services to Bronx residents in partnership with Montefiore Hospital. Sienna graduated from NYU School of Law in 2007, and serves as 1st Vice President of the Law Alumni of Color Association (LACA). She has a BA from U.C. Berkeley, where she studied Sociology and Spanish.

Natalia Aristizabal Betancur

Deputy Director

Natalia will be returning to Make the Road New York as Deputy Director. Natalia joined Make the Road as a youth member after immigrating to New York from Colombia at the age of 12. She joined our staff as an organizer and later Co-Director of Organizing. In her years at Make the Road NY she organized alongside young people and TGNIC community members. She played an instrumental role in many of our large-scale organizing victories, including our fight for higher education for undocumented youth. Most recently Natalia was the Director for Immigrant Justice at our sister organization, the Center for Popular Democracy and an early career professor at the Leadership Center of the Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership at City College and the CUNY School of Labor and Urban Studies.

Becca Telzak

Deputy Director

Becca Telzak is Deputy Director of Make the Road New York (MRNY). Since 2009, Becca has been building our health department into a 30+ person operation that serves over 8,000 community members a year and operates in all MRNY’s offices. Under Becca’s leadership, our health programs have expanded to include health insurance enrollment, health navigation services, food stamp enrollment, community health worker (CHW) training, CHW home visiting services, two food pantries, TGNCIQ health services and organizing campaigns to expand access to health insurance and improve care for immigrant communities. Becca led MRNY’s advocacy efforts that resulted in the creation of the NYC Care program at the city level and at the state level ensured that immigrants can access COVID testing and treatment through emergency medicaid.

Prior to working at MRNY, Rebecca received a Fulbright scholarship to Argentina. She has a BA from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor in Latin American and Caribbean Studies and Social Science from the Residential College. She has a Masters Degree in Public Administration from Baruch College. In 2020, Becca received the Joan H. Tisch Community Health Prize. 

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Julie Quinton
Director of Adult Literacy

Julie Quinton

Director of Adult Literacy

Julie Miles
Director of Development & Communications

Julie Miles

Director of Development & Communications

Chloe Tribich
Associate Development Director

Chloe Tribich

Associate Development Director

Jose Lopez
Co-Executive Director

Jose Lopez

Co-Executive Director

Jose Lopez is one of the three Co-Executive Directors of Make the Road New York. For two decades, Jose has demonstrated his commitment to Make the Road New York and the communities which we serve. Prior to being named Co-Executive Director, Jose served as Deputy Director and Co-Director of Organizing where he helped to shape and deliver on impactful projects and policies in the arenas of housing, education, labor and police reform. His commitment and policy expertise on affordable housing and renters rights helped to secure the strongest rental protections passed in Albany in a generation. Outside of providing campaign support to our team of 44 organizers, Jose sits on the board of Communities United for Police Reform Action, a coalition committed to ending discriminatory and abusive policing in New York State. In December 2014, Jose was appointed to President Obama’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing and since has published pieces on changing youth attitudes towards policing. Jose is a graduate of Hofstra University and dad of Amelie Soleil.

Arlenis Morel
Co-Executive Director

Arlenis Morel

Co-Executive Director

Arlenis immigrated to the United States from Venezuela in 1992. She is a long-time resident of Bushwick, Brooklyn. In 2003, Arlenis joined MRNY’s staff as a part-time receptionist. She became more and more involved in MRNY, taking advantage of the organization’s leadership development trainings, and eventually worked her way up to lead the organization’s Operations department. In 2015, she stepped into the role of Chief of Staff, overseeing the Operations, HR and IT departments and is now one of the three Co-Executive Directors of MRNY. She is leading the implementation of MRNY’s strategic plan and is responsible for maintaining overall day-to-day operations of MRNY. Arlenis has trained at Coro’s Immigrant Civic Leadership Program and Columbia University’s Senior Leaders Program for Non-Profit Professionals. She represented District 24 in Queens on the Community Education Council for two years. She holds an Associate’s Degree from Kingsborough Community College.

Theo Oshiro
Co-Executive Director

Theo Oshiro

Co-Executive Director

Theo is one of the three Co-Executive Directors of Make the Road NY (MRNY). He oversees the services departments at Make the Road New York, including Adult Literacy and Health Advocacy, and serves as our lead health policy expert. A Peruvian immigrant raised in Queens, Theo has been recognized several times for his contributions to immigrant communities, winning the New York Lawyers for the Public Interest’s Felix A. Fishman Award. Theo was appointed by Mayor de Blasio and Governor Cuomo to serve on city- and state-level policy task forces focused on immigrant health and health disparities. Theo joined Make the Road in 2005 after receiving a Master’s Degree from the University of Chicago. Since he began at Make the Road, he has been a leading fundraiser, building MRNY’s health access team from the ground up and expanding the organization’s overall services infrastructure by tripling our staff size across Legal Services, Health and Adult Education, and expanding services for members into our Long Island office. Theo helped lead Make the Road’s expansion into New Jersey, Connecticut and Pennsylvania. From his post at Make the Road, Theo has been a leader in improving language access policies in New York City and State. Theo led MRNY’s advocacy that resulted in the passage of a city-level law and the state-level SafeRx legislation to require comprehensive interpretation and translation services to limited English proficient patients at chain and mail-order pharmacies.

Natalia Aristizabal Betancur
Deputy Director

Natalia Aristizabal Betancur

Deputy Director

Natalia will be returning to Make the Road New York as Deputy Director. Natalia joined Make the Road as a youth member after immigrating to New York from Colombia at the age of 12. She joined our staff as an organizer and later Co-Director of Organizing. In her years at Make the Road NY she organized alongside young people and TGNIC community members. She played an instrumental role in many of our large-scale organizing victories, including our fight for higher education for undocumented youth. Most recently Natalia was the Director for Immigrant Justice at our sister organization, the Center for Popular Democracy and an early career professor at the Leadership Center of the Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership at City College and the CUNY School of Labor and Urban Studies.

Becca Telzak
Deputy Director

Becca Telzak

Deputy Director

Becca Telzak is Deputy Director of Make the Road New York (MRNY). Since 2009, Becca has been building our health department into a 30+ person operation that serves over 8,000 community members a year and operates in all MRNY’s offices. Under Becca’s leadership, our health programs have expanded to include health insurance enrollment, health navigation services, food stamp enrollment, community health worker (CHW) training, CHW home visiting services, two food pantries, TGNCIQ health services and organizing campaigns to expand access to health insurance and improve care for immigrant communities. Becca led MRNY’s advocacy efforts that resulted in the creation of the NYC Care program at the city level and at the state level ensured that immigrants can access COVID testing and treatment through emergency medicaid.

Prior to working at MRNY, Rebecca received a Fulbright scholarship to Argentina. She has a BA from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor in Latin American and Caribbean Studies and Social Science from the Residential College. She has a Masters Degree in Public Administration from Baruch College. In 2020, Becca received the Joan H. Tisch Community Health Prize. 

Binoy Babukutty
Associate Director of Grants Finance

Binoy Babukutty

Associate Director of Grants Finance

Isabel Henriquez
Associate Director of Compliance

Isabel Henriquez

Associate Director of Compliance

Shundiin Jakub
Director of Government Grants and Compliance

Shundiin Jakub

Director of Government Grants and Compliance

Robert Mazzaferro
Chief Financial Officer

Robert Mazzaferro

Chief Financial Officer

Arline Cruz
Associate Director of Health Programs

Arline Cruz

Associate Director of Health Programs

Becca Telzak
Deputy Director

Becca Telzak

Deputy Director

Becca Telzak is Deputy Director of Make the Road New York (MRNY). Since 2009, Becca has been building our health department into a 30+ person operation that serves over 8,000 community members a year and operates in all MRNY’s offices. Under Becca’s leadership, our health programs have expanded to include health insurance enrollment, health navigation services, food stamp enrollment, community health worker (CHW) training, CHW home visiting services, two food pantries, TGNCIQ health services and organizing campaigns to expand access to health insurance and improve care for immigrant communities. Becca led MRNY’s advocacy efforts that resulted in the creation of the NYC Care program at the city level and at the state level ensured that immigrants can access COVID testing and treatment through emergency medicaid.

Prior to working at MRNY, Rebecca received a Fulbright scholarship to Argentina. She has a BA from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor in Latin American and Caribbean Studies and Social Science from the Residential College. She has a Masters Degree in Public Administration from Baruch College. In 2020, Becca received the Joan H. Tisch Community Health Prize. 

Kenny Minaya
Director of Government Affairs

Kenny Minaya

Director of Government Affairs

Kenny was formerly the Chief of Staff at the New York City Department of Consumer and Worker Protection (DCWP), a position he held since August 2016. As Chief of Staff, Kenny oversaw the agency’s intergovernmental affairs division and advised the Commissioner on policy and operational matters. Prior to DCWP, Kenny worked as the Program Coordinator for Catholic Migrations Services’ Immigrant Tenant Advocacy Program, where he supervised the program’s tenant organizing activities, and litigated matters on behalf of tenant associations and individuals against their landlords. Kenny graduated from the CUNY School of Law in 2012. Kenny is a lifelong New Yorker and is dedicated to his family, friends, and community.

Antonia Genao
Director of Operations

Antonia Genao

Director of Operations

Selyna Quinones
Human Resources Associate Director

Selyna Quinones

Human Resources Associate Director

William Rosario
IT Director

William Rosario

IT Director

Fathima Torres
Director of Human Resources

Fathima Torres

Director of Human Resources

Daniel Altschuler
Director of Politics and Strategic Communications

Daniel Altschuler

Director of Politics and Strategic Communications

Julissa Bisono
Co-Organizing Director

Julissa Bisono

Co-Organizing Director

Yaritza Mendez
Co-Organizing Director

Yaritza Mendez

Co-Organizing Director

Dana Brustmeyer
Assistant Community School Director

Dana Brustmeyer

Assistant Community School Director

Sarah Landes
Co-Director of YPP

Sarah Landes

Co-Director of YPP

Sonia Sendoya
Community School Director - Brooklyn

Sonia Sendoya

Community School Director - Brooklyn

Daniel Altschuler
Director of Politics and Strategic Communications

Daniel Altschuler

Director of Politics and Strategic Communications

Julissa Bisono
Co-Organizing Director

Julissa Bisono

Co-Organizing Director

Dana Brustmeyer
Assistant Community School Director

Dana Brustmeyer

Assistant Community School Director

Ana Maria Archila
Board Co-Chair; Co-Executive Director, Center for Popular Democracy

Ana Maria Archila

Board Co-Chair; Co-Executive Director, Center for Popular Democracy

Binoy Babukutty
Associate Director of Grants Finance

Binoy Babukutty

Associate Director of Grants Finance

Arline Cruz
Associate Director of Health Programs

Arline Cruz

Associate Director of Health Programs

Jose Lopez
Co-Executive Director

Jose Lopez

Co-Executive Director

Jose Lopez is one of the three Co-Executive Directors of Make the Road New York. For two decades, Jose has demonstrated his commitment to Make the Road New York and the communities which we serve. Prior to being named Co-Executive Director, Jose served as Deputy Director and Co-Director of Organizing where he helped to shape and deliver on impactful projects and policies in the arenas of housing, education, labor and police reform. His commitment and policy expertise on affordable housing and renters rights helped to secure the strongest rental protections passed in Albany in a generation. Outside of providing campaign support to our team of 44 organizers, Jose sits on the board of Communities United for Police Reform Action, a coalition committed to ending discriminatory and abusive policing in New York State. In December 2014, Jose was appointed to President Obama’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing and since has published pieces on changing youth attitudes towards policing. Jose is a graduate of Hofstra University and dad of Amelie Soleil.

Kenny Minaya
Director of Government Affairs

Kenny Minaya

Director of Government Affairs

Kenny was formerly the Chief of Staff at the New York City Department of Consumer and Worker Protection (DCWP), a position he held since August 2016. As Chief of Staff, Kenny oversaw the agency’s intergovernmental affairs division and advised the Commissioner on policy and operational matters. Prior to DCWP, Kenny worked as the Program Coordinator for Catholic Migrations Services’ Immigrant Tenant Advocacy Program, where he supervised the program’s tenant organizing activities, and litigated matters on behalf of tenant associations and individuals against their landlords. Kenny graduated from the CUNY School of Law in 2012. Kenny is a lifelong New Yorker and is dedicated to his family, friends, and community.

Antonia Genao
Director of Operations

Antonia Genao

Director of Operations

Arlenis Morel
Co-Executive Director

Arlenis Morel

Co-Executive Director

Arlenis immigrated to the United States from Venezuela in 1992. She is a long-time resident of Bushwick, Brooklyn. In 2003, Arlenis joined MRNY’s staff as a part-time receptionist. She became more and more involved in MRNY, taking advantage of the organization’s leadership development trainings, and eventually worked her way up to lead the organization’s Operations department. In 2015, she stepped into the role of Chief of Staff, overseeing the Operations, HR and IT departments and is now one of the three Co-Executive Directors of MRNY. She is leading the implementation of MRNY’s strategic plan and is responsible for maintaining overall day-to-day operations of MRNY. Arlenis has trained at Coro’s Immigrant Civic Leadership Program and Columbia University’s Senior Leaders Program for Non-Profit Professionals. She represented District 24 in Queens on the Community Education Council for two years. She holds an Associate’s Degree from Kingsborough Community College.

Theo Oshiro
Co-Executive Director

Theo Oshiro

Co-Executive Director

Theo is one of the three Co-Executive Directors of Make the Road NY (MRNY). He oversees the services departments at Make the Road New York, including Adult Literacy and Health Advocacy, and serves as our lead health policy expert. A Peruvian immigrant raised in Queens, Theo has been recognized several times for his contributions to immigrant communities, winning the New York Lawyers for the Public Interest’s Felix A. Fishman Award. Theo was appointed by Mayor de Blasio and Governor Cuomo to serve on city- and state-level policy task forces focused on immigrant health and health disparities. Theo joined Make the Road in 2005 after receiving a Master’s Degree from the University of Chicago. Since he began at Make the Road, he has been a leading fundraiser, building MRNY’s health access team from the ground up and expanding the organization’s overall services infrastructure by tripling our staff size across Legal Services, Health and Adult Education, and expanding services for members into our Long Island office. Theo helped lead Make the Road’s expansion into New Jersey, Connecticut and Pennsylvania. From his post at Make the Road, Theo has been a leader in improving language access policies in New York City and State. Theo led MRNY’s advocacy that resulted in the passage of a city-level law and the state-level SafeRx legislation to require comprehensive interpretation and translation services to limited English proficient patients at chain and mail-order pharmacies.

Oona Chatterjee
Director of Strategic Initiatives, Center for Popular Democracy

Oona Chatterjee

Director of Strategic Initiatives, Center for Popular Democracy

Isabel Henriquez
Associate Director of Compliance

Isabel Henriquez

Associate Director of Compliance

Sarah Landes
Co-Director of YPP

Sarah Landes

Co-Director of YPP

Shundiin Jakub
Director of Government Grants and Compliance

Shundiin Jakub

Director of Government Grants and Compliance

Yaritza Mendez
Co-Organizing Director

Yaritza Mendez

Co-Organizing Director

Natalia Aristizabal Betancur
Deputy Director

Natalia Aristizabal Betancur

Deputy Director

Natalia will be returning to Make the Road New York as Deputy Director. Natalia joined Make the Road as a youth member after immigrating to New York from Colombia at the age of 12. She joined our staff as an organizer and later Co-Director of Organizing. In her years at Make the Road NY she organized alongside young people and TGNIC community members. She played an instrumental role in many of our large-scale organizing victories, including our fight for higher education for undocumented youth. Most recently Natalia was the Director for Immigrant Justice at our sister organization, the Center for Popular Democracy and an early career professor at the Leadership Center of the Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership at City College and the CUNY School of Labor and Urban Studies.

Julie Quinton
Director of Adult Literacy

Julie Quinton

Director of Adult Literacy

Elizabeth Joynes Jordan
Deputy Legal Director

Elizabeth Joynes Jordan

Deputy Legal Director

Julie Miles
Director of Development & Communications

Julie Miles

Director of Development & Communications

Selyna Quinones
Human Resources Associate Director

Selyna Quinones

Human Resources Associate Director

Andrew Friedman
Co-Executive Director, Center for Popular Democracy

Andrew Friedman

Co-Executive Director, Center for Popular Democracy

Germán Jaramillo
Director, ID Studio Theater

Germán Jaramillo

Director, ID Studio Theater

Chloe Tribich
Associate Development Director

Chloe Tribich

Associate Development Director

Becca Telzak
Deputy Director

Becca Telzak

Deputy Director

Becca Telzak is Deputy Director of Make the Road New York (MRNY). Since 2009, Becca has been building our health department into a 30+ person operation that serves over 8,000 community members a year and operates in all MRNY’s offices. Under Becca’s leadership, our health programs have expanded to include health insurance enrollment, health navigation services, food stamp enrollment, community health worker (CHW) training, CHW home visiting services, two food pantries, TGNCIQ health services and organizing campaigns to expand access to health insurance and improve care for immigrant communities. Becca led MRNY’s advocacy efforts that resulted in the creation of the NYC Care program at the city level and at the state level ensured that immigrants can access COVID testing and treatment through emergency medicaid.

Prior to working at MRNY, Rebecca received a Fulbright scholarship to Argentina. She has a BA from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor in Latin American and Caribbean Studies and Social Science from the Residential College. She has a Masters Degree in Public Administration from Baruch College. In 2020, Becca received the Joan H. Tisch Community Health Prize. 

Sonia Sendoya
Community School Director - Brooklyn

Sonia Sendoya

Community School Director - Brooklyn

Harold Solis
Deputy Legal Director

Harold Solis

Deputy Legal Director

William Rosario
IT Director

William Rosario

IT Director

Fathima Torres
Director of Human Resources

Fathima Torres

Director of Human Resources

Ana Maria Archila
Board Co-Chair; Co-Executive Director, Center for Popular Democracy

Ana Maria Archila

Board Co-Chair; Co-Executive Director, Center for Popular Democracy

Natalia Audi

Natalia Audi

Deborah L. Axt
Board Member

Deborah L. Axt

Board Member

Oona Chatterjee
Director of Strategic Initiatives, Center for Popular Democracy

Oona Chatterjee

Director of Strategic Initiatives, Center for Popular Democracy

Lucia Diaz
Member - Parents In Action - Queens

Lucia Diaz

Member - Parents In Action - Queens

Augusto Fernandez
Member - Workers in Action - Brooklyn

Augusto Fernandez

Member - Workers in Action - Brooklyn

Andrew Friedman
Co-Executive Director, Center for Popular Democracy

Andrew Friedman

Co-Executive Director, Center for Popular Democracy

Germán Jaramillo
Director, ID Studio Theater

Germán Jaramillo

Director, ID Studio Theater

Israel Hernandez
Member - Parents In Action - Brooklyn

Israel Hernandez

Member - Parents In Action - Brooklyn

Claudio Felipe Idrova
Member - Environmental and Housing Justice Project - Queens

Claudio Felipe Idrova

Member - Environmental and Housing Justice Project - Queens

Jennifer McAllister-Nevins

Jennifer McAllister-Nevins

Aldo Padilla
Member - Civic Rights Immigrant Power Project - Staten Island

Aldo Padilla

Member - Civic Rights Immigrant Power Project - Staten Island

Gladys Puglla
Board Co-Chair; Member - Environmental and Housing Justice Project - Brooklyn

Gladys Puglla

Board Co-Chair; Member - Environmental and Housing Justice Project - Brooklyn

Reign Rolon
Member - Youth Power Project - Brooklyn

Reign Rolon

Member - Youth Power Project - Brooklyn

Irania Sanchez
Member - Civic Rights Immigrant Power Project - Brooklyn

Irania Sanchez

Member - Civic Rights Immigrant Power Project - Brooklyn

Reyna Sandoval
Member - Civic Rights Immigrant Power Project - Long Island

Reyna Sandoval

Member - Civic Rights Immigrant Power Project - Long Island

Olga Vasquez
Member - Westchester Committee

Olga Vasquez

Member - Westchester Committee

Emilio Velez
Member - Youth Power Project - Queens

Emilio Velez

Member - Youth Power Project - Queens

Gerardo Vital
Member - Civic Rights Immigrant Power Project - Queens

Gerardo Vital

Member - Civic Rights Immigrant Power Project - Queens

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