Katherine (Kat) Brezler has been a staunch advocate for policies that work for New York public education. Working with the Alliance for Quality Education and Citizen Action of New York to fairly fund public schools, she sits on NYSUT’s LGBTQ Task Force, which resolves to support legislation banning conversion therapy and to protect intended parental rights. A former member of the Board of Directors of GNYCFC, she is a delegate to the Westchester/Putnam Labor Council.
Kelly Cuvar, a founding member of GNYCFC, has testified before a congressional committee on health insurance abuses and represented GNYCFC on CNN. After a decade-long detour in New York, Kelly has returned to her native Ohio to work on progressive campaigns, most recently running the congressional campaign against the Speaker of the US House of Representatives, John Boehner.
Allie Feldman is the Executive Director of NYCLASS, an animal rights organization. As an organizer for animal protection, she teaches fellow animal lovers how to be citizen lobbyists and win electoral victories for New York City’s four-legged community. Prior to joining NYCLASS, Allie worked at the New York State Senate, the New Jersey Department of the Public Advocate, and on campaigns in New York, New Jersey, Florida, and Ohio. Allie is proud to be a founding member of GNYCFC.
Tim Foley, a founding member of GNYCFC, is best known for speaking at over 75 forums, panels discussions, lectures, and teach-ins on the Affordable Care Act throughout New York City, Long Island, and Westchester County from 2008 until today. Tim is the Political Director for the Committee of Interns and Residents/SEIU Healthcare, a labor union for resident physicians, and sits on steering committees for the Metro New York Health Care for All Campaign, a New York City-based multi-constituency health care justice coalition, and the Save Our Safety-Net Campaign, a community-labor coalition that focuses on hospital closures that disproportionately affect low-income families and communities of color. Tim is a Democratic District Leader in the Village of Scarsdale.
Deborah (Debo) Gaffaney has a remarkable career as a graphic designer and illustrator, having worked for some of publishing’s most prestigious titles, including as Associate Art Director for Condé Nast Traveler and a senior designer for The New Yorker. A volunteer on both Obama campaigns in New York City and Ohio, she uses her digital and print media skills in organizing to assist many campaigns and non-profit organizations. As a team leader in the 2012 presidential election, Debo built the organizing group Hell’s Kitchen for Change and was a New York State delegate to the Democratic National Convention.
Charles Khan is an organizer at the Strong Economy For All Coalition, a coalition of labor unions and community groups focusing on legislative-driven campaigns to fight economic inequality, unequal funding of public schools, and corporate irresponsibility in New York State. He currently specializes in campaign logistics, social media, coalition building, and grassroots organizing.
Amy Miller, a founding member of GNYCFC, is currently a Divestment Campaigner at 350.org, working to end the investment of city and state pension funds in fossil fuel companies and to reinvest in a just and sustainable future. Her past organizing experience includes local and national election campaigns, advocacy for health care reform and other progressive issues, and the Occupy movement. Amy is from California, and previously worked in non-profit arts administration and clinical psychology. She lives in Brooklyn.
Aliya Quraishi is a community organizer. She received a Masters in Public Health from Tufts University and first became involved in grassroots organizing though advocacy for the Affordable Care Act in 2009. Aliya has worked on initiatives related to public health, including managing programs to assist woman and children affected by HIV/AIDS in Kenya and developing communications materials for the World Health Organization’s programs in Iraq. A founding member of GNYCFC who works as a Community Associate at Manhattan Community Board 6, Aliya is currently on maternity leave from CB6 and the GNYCFC Board of Directors to spend time with her twin sons.
Ethan Rips joined GNYCFC after the 2008 Obama campaign. A lifelong obsession with politics, an academic background in history and sociology, and a professional background in technical project management and computing led him to help form GNYCFC’s Technical Communication team. He also conducted teach-ins on the causes of the 2007-2008 financial crisis and a comparison of the Obama and Romney budgets in 2012. Ethan is known to many as the organizer of large-scale volunteer recruitment and voter registration efforts, and for relentless canvassing and phone banking.
Naomi Rothwell is a digital strategist at Veracity Media, a social-impact firm specializing in political campaigns and non-profit advocacy. She currently advises clients as diverse as Congresswoman Doris Matsui, New Leaders Council, and The Campaign for Free College Tuition. Fluent in Japanese and German, she now calls Washington, D.C. her home. Naomi is proud to be a former Board President of GNYCFC (2012-2013).
Brett Saffer, a former member of the Board of Directors of GNYCFC, is a current member of the Pre-K For All Outreach Team in New York City. Brett received his Masters of Public Administration degree from Baruch College, where he studied policies that can have an impact on urban poverty. He served as a Teach For America corps member, an experience that shaped his passion for education policy, and taught elementary school in the South Bronx from 2008 to2011.
Anna Saini is the Statewide Community Organizer at Voices of Community Activists and Leaders—New York (VOCAL-NY), an organization that builds grassroots power among low-income communities of color to end mass incarceration, the war on drugs, and the AIDS epidemic. She currently works with thousands of patients, healthcare providers, and community allies in the Compassionate Care New York Coalition to expand access to medical marijuana for seriously ill and disabled New Yorkers. Anna is also an author with publications appearing in various journals and anthologies, Bitch and make/shift magazines, her self-published anthology titled Colored Girls, and her blog, Hersight.
Amy Slattery is the Legislative and Budget Director for Council Member Mark Levine, who represents the 7th Council District in Manhattan. In addition to work in politics, Amy has a career background in non-profit fundraising and financial accounting. Amy is proud to be a founding member of GNYCFC and is an Executive Committee member and former Vice-President of her local Democratic club, the Barack Obama Democratic Club of Upper Manhattan.
Kate Spaulding is the Director of Intergovernmental and Legislative Affairs for the New York City Department of Probation. She is also an Adjunct Professor of Labor Economics and New York City Government and Politics for union electrician apprentices at the Harry Van Arsdale Center for Labor Studies, part of SUNY Empire State College. She continually strives to make the world fairer and more equitable for all.
Tasha Williams is an accidental activist who writes and manages communications projects. A former member of Manhattan Community Board 11, she previously served GNYCfC as Vice-President of the Board of Directors. Tasha is currently exploring the world from her new base in Paris, France. You can connect with her on twitter at @riseupwoman.