Martin S. Needelman, Esq.
Executive Director & Chief Counsel
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Marty NeedelmanMartin Needelman has 43 years of experience providing legal services to clients in Brooklyn, the majority of which have been spent with Brooklyn A as a Staff Attorney, and then for the last 30 years as Project Director, and Chief Counsel. Following his graduation from Boston University Law School, he became a VISTA Attorney with the Southside Community Mission in Brooklyn, a CBO that provides legal and social services to immigrants, senior citizens, youth, and the homeless. Throughout his career, Mr. Needelman has received many honors and awards, including the Pro Bono Award from the Brooklyn Bar Association in 1992, the 1998 Risk Taker of the Year Award from Jews for Racial and Economic Justice, and the 2010 Louis Lefkowitz Award from the Fordham Law School Public Interest Center for his contributions to the law as it affects urban communities. Mr. Needelman is fluent in Spanish.

Ndukwe Agwu, Esq.
Co-Deputy Director
Consumer & Economic Advocacy Program
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Ndukwe AgwuNdukwe Agwu graduated from SUNY Purchase in Purchase New York with a double degree in Political Science and Economics. He went on to attend Touro Law School, graduating in 2006. Immediately following graduation from law school, Ndukwe went on to work at DHL as an in-house attorney handling OSHA and workers compensation claims and hearings. In 2008 he accepted a position with Legal Services of the Hudson Valley (LSHV) as a staff attorney. There, he started out in their Mount Vernon office as a general practice attorney handling primarily landlord/tenant, public benefits, unemployment, and social security benefits. In 2010 he moved into the foreclosure unit and soon thereafter became one of the lead foreclosure attorneys for LSHV.

Ndukwe is a graduate of the Max Gardner Bankruptcy Boot Camp and a member of the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys(NACBA). He is on the Board of Directors for the “Coalition for Debtor Education” out of Fordham Law School which has a mission to assist consumers, particularly vulnerable populations, in understanding and improving their ability to manage their financial affairs. Ndukwe is also an adjunct professor at SUNY Purchase in Purchase New York where he teaches “Legal Research and Writing” and “The Nature and Function of Law”.

Travis Arrindell, Esq.
Deputy Director, East Brooklyn Office
Perserving Affordable Housing Program
Group Representation Unit
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Travis Arrindell is the Deputy Program Director of Brooklyn Legal Services Corporation A’s (Brooklyn A) Preserving Affordable Housing Program Group Representation Unit of its East New York office. In addition to managing a team of attorneys in this Unit, Travis’ responsibilities include representing tenant associations and low-income housing cooperatives in affirmative litigation, commencements of HP Actions, Article 7A Proceedings, rent overcharges, consumer and fair housing actions, and defending tenants in non-payment and holdover proceedings. Prior to joining Brooklyn A, Travis worked for more than nine years at the NYC Department of Housing Preservation & Development (HPD) in its Housing Litigation Division. During his tenure at HPD, Travis worked as a staff attorney for six years in the Brooklyn Unit and as a managing attorney for over three years in the Bronx Unit. As an HPD attorney, he brought civil prosecution cases against landlords and building owners to enforce New York City and New York State housing and building codes. Travis successfully prosecuted both civil and criminal contempt proceedings resulting in the incarceration of non-compliant building owners. Travis received his J.D. from the Delaware Law School at Widener University (2006) and his M.A. in Urban Policy and Public Administration (2001) and B.A. (1999) from Brooklyn College.

Sarah Block
Development & Communications Associate
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Sarah Block is the Development and Communications Associate at Brooklyn Legal Services Corporation A. Prior to joining Brooklyn A and moving back to her home state of New York, Sarah lived in Washington, D.C. where she worked in fundraising and communications for Ayuda, a non-profit serving low-income immigrants with legal, social and language access services and the Smithsonian Institution’s Office of Policy and Analysis where she conducted visitors studies and program evaluation. Sarah earned a bachelor of arts in cultural anthropology and master’s degree in public anthropology from American University. Sarah sits on the board of directors for Trabajores Unidos DC, the leadership council for One Community Unity and is a founding member of the grassroots community organizing groups Sanctuary DMV and the DMV Coalition in Support of Children Fleeing Violence in Central America. She is fluent in Spanish.

 

Eliseo Cabrera
Staff Attorney
Preserving Affordable Housing Program
Individual Representation Unit
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Eliseo joins us with broad public service experience. Here in New York he has worked with CUNY Citizenship Now, Make the Road, and Main Street Legal Services. He has also worked with Housing Rights Inc. in California.
 

Joseph Calaceto
Development & Grants Associate
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Prior to joining Brooklyn A, Joseph spent several years in the publishing industry as a textbook editor. He also worked concurrently as a freelance writer, editor, and website developer. His passion for public service led him to join Brooklyn A as an AmeriCorps VISTA.  In 2017, Joseph completed the We Are All New York (WAANY) Fellowship of the Jewish Community Relations Council of New York—a fellowship designed to teach nonprofit leaders how to help communities share resources, manage dynamic tensions, and collaborate on solving communal problems. He received his B.A. from New York University. 

Tamara del Carmen, Esq.
Director, Low-Income Taxpayer Clinic; Co-Deputy Director, Consumer & Economic Advocacy Program
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Tamara del Carmen has 13 years of experience practicing law in New York and New Jersey. She is also admitted in the Federal Courts of New York and New Jersey. She received her bachelor’s degree and graduated magna cum laude from St. John’s University, and her law degree from Albany Law School of Union University. Prior to joining Brooklyn A, Ms. del Carmen was a partner in a private practice for seven years representing clients in a diverse range of matters including bankruptcy, tax, real estate, immigration, and litigation matters. During law school, Ms. del Carmen participated in the Low Income Taxpayer Clinic where she represented individuals with tax matters and negotiated with the Internal Revenue Service and the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance.

Samuel Hamilton Chiera, Esq.
Staff Attorney
Preserving Affordable Housing Program
Group Representation Unit
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Samuel ChieraSam is a 2014 graduate of Brooklyn Law School. He interned for the New York City Anti-Violence Project and Kurland Associates, a Civil Rights law firm specializing in LGBT law, before interning with Brooklyn A in 2012 and 2013. Sam received his bachelor’s degree in History and English Literature from the University of California at Los Angeles. His Spanish language skills are iffy but his French is terrible.


Dana Christensen, Esq.
Staff Attorney

Preserving Affordable Housing
Individual Representation Unit
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Dana received her B.A. in Political Science from the University of Michigan and her J.D. from Vermont Law School.  She started her legal practice in Minneapolis Housing Court, but moved on to represent clients in rural Minnesota and New Mexico before settling into city life in New York.  She has extensive litigation experience in private and public housing matters, as well as in domestic violence advocacy and family law practice.

Meah Clay, Esq.
Senior Staff Attorney

Community & Economic Development Program
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Meah ClayMeah received her BA from Spelman and JD from Vanderbilt University Law School. After law school she an associate at Weil Gotshal in its corporate practice for a number of years which included a one-year externship at Volunteer Lawyer for the Arts in Nashville helping to form art-focused non-profits, coordinate pro bono referrals, conduct trainings and outreach, and handle miscellaneous contract matters.  She was then a Legal Associate and Community Development Officer at the Local Initiative Support Corporation (LISC), a non-profit lender with whom many of our CED clients work on affordable housing and community development projects. Before coming to Brooklyn A she was serving as counsel to an online start-up focused on collecting, curating and organizing reviews and news on the diverse art community of NYC.

Chris Colón
Community Outreach & Intake Specialist
Community & Economic Development Program
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Christopher Colón is a Community Outreach & Intake Specialist, working to empower residents and connect them to the resources and services they need. Christopher was born and raised in Bushwick, Brooklyn and received his B.A. in sociology with a research focus on gentrification from The City College of New York. Outside of the office, Christopher pursues filmmaking.

Anna Deknatel
Attorney and Skadden Fellow

Consumer & Economic Advocacy Program
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Anna is a 2014 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Law School. Prior to coming to Brooklyn A, Anna was a law clerk to Hon. Margo Brodie at the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York and to Hon. Elizabeth Stong at the Eastern District of New York Bankruptcy Court. During law school, Anna worked at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the National Consumer Law Center, Philadelphia Community Legal Services, and the Legal Aid Society. Prior to law school, Anna worked as a political communications consultant at BerlinRosen Public Affairs.

Angela Escobar, Esq.
Senior Staff Attorney

Community & Economic Development Program
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Prior to joining Brooklyn A, Angela was an associate at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP, where she advised clients on cross-border transactions involving the Latin American region and provided pro bono support to Legal Services NYC’s Bankruptcy Assistance Project. She subsequently held two in-house counsel positions, primarily negotiating commercial contracts and advising on a variety of corporate matters. She served as a New York Cares volunteer team leader at the Northeast Brooklyn Housing Development Corporation’s Golden Harvest Food Pantry and provided pro bono assistance at the New York Legal Assistance Group’s immigration clinics and mobile legal help center. Angela received her JD from the University of British Columbia, Faculty of Law in 2009 and is fluent in Spanish. 

Bruno Garcia
Fair Housing Advocate
Preserving Affordable Housing Program
Group Representation Unit
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Prior to joining Brooklyn A, Bruno served as a community organizer for Churches United for Fair Housing, working on several community campaigns including accountability on the Rheingold rezoning. He is also a member of various housing rights and anti-racism organizations in Brooklyn. He sits on the steering committee of the Brooklyn Anti-Gentrification Network (BAN) and is a founding member of the anti-gentrification art project, Mi Casa No Es Su Casa. He has also worked as a paralegal in civil rights law and as an organizer at Equality for Flatbush. He received his B.A. from Hunter College in Political Science and English Literature.

Caitlin Gillies. Esq. 
Staff Attorney
Preserving Affordable Housing Program
Group Representation Unit
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Prior to joining Brooklyn A, Caitlin was an Agency Attorney with the City of New York’s Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings. She has extensively focused on economic justice issues through her previous fellowships and externships with the Children’s Law Center, the Welfare Law Unit of Greater Boston Legal Services, the National Center for Law and Economic Justice, and Northeastern University’s Poverty Law Clinic. Caitlin received her J.D. from Northeastern University School of Law in 2015 with a concentration in Poverty Law and Economic Justice.

Ana Granados
Fair Housing Advocate
Preserving Affordable Housing Program
Group Representation Unit
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Ana Granados

Prior to joining Brooklyn A, Ana worked as a Paralegal at Gordon & Rees LLP were she engrossed herself on high profile cases which involved big city rule. She has interned in a variety of legal capacities, as a Paralegal, an Assistant Investigator for the State of New York Executive Department – Division of Human Rights, and as a Legislative Associate for the 67th District of Assembly were she focused on women’s rights and housing legislative reform. She received her B.A. in Political Science and Philosophy  from Queens College.

Blair Hill, Esq.
Staff Attorney
Preserving Affordable Housing Program
Group Representation Unit
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Blair graduated in 2015 from Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University. She was recently working with Miller & Milone, PC as a law clerk in their Elder Law Department. She also worked for two years with the Nassau Suffolk Law Services, Inc. in the Veterans Rights Project and Mental Health Law Project as a law graduate. She developed and maintained the unit and appeared in Family Court, Surrogates Court, Supreme Court and District Court.

Joshua D. Hoffman, Esq.
Chief Financial Officer/Chief Operating Officer
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Joshua HoffmanJoshua Hoffman was admitted to both New York and New Jersey’s State Bars following his graduation from St. John’s University School of Law in 2005. While at St. John’s, Mr. Hoffman was honored with the Pro-Bono Service Award and the Public Interest Certificate for his community service work. He has served as the Director of Finance and Administration at Brooklyn A since 2007, working with its Co-Executive Directors on all management aspects of the organization. In addition, in 2011, Mr. Hoffman completed the We Are All Brooklyn (WAAB) Fellowship at CAUSE-NY of the Jewish Community Relations Council of New York, a fellowship designed to teach nonprofit leaders how to help communities share resources, manage dynamic tensions, and collaborate on solving communal problems. Mr. Hoffman is conversational in Hebrew.

Shekar Krishnan, Esq.
Director
Preserving Affordable Housing Program
Group Representation Unit

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Shekar KrishnanShekar Krishnan is the Director of the Group Representation Unit, managing its fair housing litigation and community-based advocacy on behalf of tenant and neighborhood groups in North Brooklyn.  He began his career as an attorney in the Unit, leading Brooklyn A’s Broadway Triangle fair housing case against the City of New York.  He was then an associate at Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP and Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP, serving as pro bono counsel to Brooklyn A and as a member of our board.

Shekar clerked for Senior United States District Court Judge Jack B. Weinstein in the Eastern District of New York.  He received his law degree from the University of Michigan Law School, where he was a Clarence Darrow Scholar and contributing editor of the Michigan Law Review, and his undergraduate degree from the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art.  He is a member of the board of directors of Citizens Union and El Puente.  His publications include “Advocacy for Tenant and Community Empowerment” (CUNY Law Review) and “Without an Attorney, the Scales of Justice Are Weighted Against the Poor” (New York State Bar Association Pro Bono News).

Jennifer Kubicki, Esq.
Senior Staff Attorney

Community & Economic Development Program
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Jennifer Kubicki

Jennifer received her B.A. in Urban and Public Policy Studies from SUNY Buffalo and her J.D. with a concentration in Housing Finance and Development from SUNY Buffalo Law School. While in law school, Jennifer did extensive legal work focused on affordable and fair housing, and community development– with the Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity of HUD in Buffalo, the Buffalo Neighborhood Stabilization Company, Neighborhood Legal Services, and the law school’s Affordable Housing Clinic.  After law school she worked as a Project Manager at an affordable housing development company, managing all phases of low-income housing tax credit projects, and as a Senior Article XI/420-c Analyst at HPD. Jennifer is an affiliate member of the Housing & Urban Development Committee of the New York City Bar Association, where she is the current co-chair of the community land trust subcommittee. 

Lina Lee, Esq.
Deputy Program Director
Preserving Affordable Housing Program
Group Representation Unit
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Lina LeePrior to joining Brooklyn A Lina was a Staff Attorney at Minkwon Center for Community Action, where she represented low-income immigrant clients in cases on housing, foreclosure and labor. As a staff attorney, she was selected to participate in Coro’s Civic Leadership Program and Columbia Business School Leadership Program. During law school, Lina was part of the Criminal Defense Clinic and worked as a fellow doing criminal defense with the Legal Aid Society.  Lina is a graduate of Boston University School of Law and received her B.S. in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University. 

Janna Levin, Esq.
Senior Staff Attorney
Preserving Affordable Housing Program
Individual Representation Unit

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Janna LevinJanna Levin is a May 2012 graduate of Fordham University School of Law, where she was a member of the Fordham Urban Law Journal and a regular volunter with Fordham Law’s Housing Rights Clinic. Prior to serving as a VISTA with Brooklyn A, she worked with the Legal Aid Society, Harlem Community Law Office, Housing Conservation Coordinators, ZTL Companies, and Contemporary Art Consulting. Ms. Levin received a B.S. from the State University of New York, FIT in May 2008.

Gregory E. Louis, Esq.
Deputy Program Director
Preserving Affordable Housing Program
Group Representation Unit

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Gregory LouisAs the Deputy Program Greg represents, and supervises the representation of, tenant and shareholder associations, low-income housing cooperatives, and community coalitions in affirmative litigation, including federal housing discrimination and APA cases, consumer cases, Article 7-A proceedings, and transactional matters. Prior to Brooklyn A, Greg was a staff attorney within the multifamily housing unit of Legal Services of the Hudson Valley, similarly representing and advising tenant associations throughout Westchester County, a business and finance associate at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, LLP representing public and private entities in asset and stock purchases, corporate restructurings, and securities compliance, and a Morgan Lewis Public Interest Fellow representing and advising not-for-profits on corporate restructuring and tax matters. Greg authored “A Proposal to Support Enforcing Regulations for the Rule of Law,” which appears online in the April 2016 edition of Clearinghouse Community. Fordham University School of Law, J.D. (2009); Columbia University, B.A. (2006).

Mateja Lucic
Legal Advocate and Communications Specialist
Preserving Affordable Housing Program
Group Representation Unit
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Mateja LucicMateja is a graduate of the University of Buffalo with a Bachelor’s in Economics and Legal Studies. He has always wanted to be involved in the community and work with a non-profit organization; given his relevant course study at UB he believed he could best serve the community by working with Brooklyn Legal Services. Before joining the Preserving Affordable Housing Program, Mateja served as an AmeriCorps VISTA with Brooklyn A.


Andrew Malozemoff, Esq.
Senior Staff Attorney
Consumer & Economic Advocacy Program

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Andrew MalozemoffAndrew attended University of Miami School of Law in 2007 with his primary interest being in the field of entertainment and intellectual property law. Andrew was a fellow at Brooklyn A through the Miami Law Legal Corps program, which provides a fellowship to Miami Law graduates to work for non-profit and government organizations. After his fellowship Andrew continued to volunteer working for the foreclosure unit at Brooklyn A. In the beginning of 2014 Andrew was brought on full time as a staff attorney for the Foreclosure Prevention Unit. During the course of law school Andrew also worked as a freelance web site developer. Along with his foreclosure work he is now interested in the legal area of internet technologies, including internet security and domain name issues.

Carmen J. Manzano
Paralegal and Intake Specialist
Preserving Affordable Housing Program
Group Representation Unit

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Carmen ManzanoCarmen is a graduate of Long Island University, receiving her B.S. in Childhood Education. Before arriving at Brooklyn A, she worked at several family oriented nonprofit organizations in Houston, Texas. In New York, Carmen worked as an assistant at Northwestern Mutual, maintaining client case files.


Ashley Kaplan Marullo, Esq.
Staff Attorney
Preserving Affordable Housing Program
Group Representation Unit
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Ashley joins Brooklyn A from Legal Services of Central New York Inc. where she helped low income individuals with their housing needs in public, subsidized, and private tenancies. Previously, Ashley held positions with Olinsky Disability, Barth Sullivan Behr, and Lynch Law Office/Lynch Schwab, PLLC. Her experience in a wide range of practice areas has made her a strong advocate because she is aware of the many structural challenges affecting low income individuals. Ashley received her J.D. from Syracuse University School of Law in 2011 with Honors through Exemplary Commitment to Pro Bono and Community Service.

Leander (Lee) McRae, Esq.
Program Director
Preserving Affordable Housing Program
Individual Representation Unit

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Lee McRaeLeander (Lee) McRae has been providing legal services to people and organizations involved in housing related issues for almost 30 years. Mr. McRae, who received his Law Degree from Duquesne University School of Law, has worked in the Housing Law Unit at Brooklyn A since 1987, beginning as a Staff Attorney, advising and representing clients in housing related matters. Just a few months after joining the Brooklyn A housing advocacy team, Mr. McRae was promoted to be the Director of the Housing Law Unit and served in this position through 2012. In addition to supervising and coordinating Housing Law Unit activities and staff, as well as maintaining his own caseload, Mr. McRae was also a trainer for Housing Court Answers, a collaboration of providers that works to support housing advocates and reform the Housing Court system.

Adam Meyers, Esq.
Staff Attorney
Preserving Affordable Housing Program
Group Representation Unit

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Adam Meyers

Adam has been representing tenants and homeowners fighting displacement since 2010. During law school, he worked with the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau, Project No One Leaves and City Life/Vida Urbana to fight post-foreclosure evictions following the financial crisis. He came to Brooklyn A as a Skadden Fellow and Staff Attorney in 2013. As part of the Group Representation Unit, he represents tenant associations and community groups working to preserve their homes and communities in the face of gentrification, discrimination and harassment. He is a graduate of Harvard Law School and St. John’s College (Annapolis, MD).

Rachel Nager, Esq.
Staff Attorney
Preserving Affordable Housing Program
Group Representation Unit

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Rachel NagerRachel is a graduate of the City University of New York School of Law where she served on the executive board of the CUNY Law Review. After interning with Brooklyn A’s Group Representation Unit in the summer of 2013, Rachel served as a legal intern at the Family Center and at Main Street Legal Services. She received her B.A. majoring in International Relations and minoring in German from Samford University.

Kristie Ortiz, Esq. 
Deputy Director
Preserving Affordable Housing Program
Individual Representation Unit

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Kristie OrtizKristie received her B.A. in Political Science from West Virginia University and her JD from New York Law School. After graduating she held several positions as a Law Clerk at the Human Resource Administration, Legal Aid Society, NYC Supreme Court Criminal Division and NYC City Council. She has experience as a solo practitioner in several areas, including landlord/tenant, matrimonial, personal injury, real estate and foreclosure disputes as well as criminal and immigration law.

Rosemarie Peralta
Receptionist & Intake Officer
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Rosemarie PeraltaRosemarie Peralta has worked with Brooklyn A since 2010. She is currently studying culinary arts at Kingsborough Community College, with an expected graduation date of Fall 2013. She has also volunteered with a community partner of Brooklyn A, El Puente, since 2009, where her work has included a gang violence prevention art project. Ms. Peralta is a Brooklyn native and is fluent in Spanish.

Michelle Perez
Paralegal & Intake Specialist
Preserving Affordable Housing Program
Group Representation Unit

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Michelle is a graduate of Dowling College with a bachelor’s degree in Human Services. Before coming to Brooklyn Legal Services Corporation A, Michelle worked as the Operation Manager for a Junior High Charter School in East New York, Brooklyn. Michelle states that her proudest moments came when the students who were struggling the most finally realized that they could achieve their goal, graduate and enter in the high school of their choice. Working for Brooklyn A allows Michelle to continue to help serve the communities that need the most help. Michelle was born and raised by her grandmother in Williamsburg Brooklyn.

Maria Posner
Office Manager
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Maria PosnerMaria Posner has over 37 years of experience as an Intake Specialist and Office Manager for Brooklyn A. Additionally, between 1980-2002 she served as a Paralegal in Brooklyn A’s HIV Unit. Prior to her work with Brooklyn A, she worked as a bookkeeper for the Insurance Company of North America and the Kurtz Furniture Company. Ms. Posner is a Brooklyn native and is fluent in Spanish.


Samantha Rauer, Esq.
Staff Attorney
Community & Economic Development Program
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Before joining Brooklyn A, Samantha was a staff attorney at Mobilization for Justice (formerly MFY Legal Services). In that role, she worked on the Foreclosure Prevention Project, as well as the Disability and Aging Rights Project where she advocated on behalf of nursing home and adult home residents and NYC paratransit users. Previously, she worked at Legal Assistance of Western New York as a staff attorney focused on assisting homeowners at risk of foreclosure. Samantha is a 2013 graduate of Boston University School of Law and received her B.A. in History from Santa Clara University in 2009.

Austen D. Refuerzo, Esq. 
Staff Attorney
Preserving Affordable Housing Program
Individual Representation Unit

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Austen RefuerzoAusten is a 2013 Graduate of University of California Berkeley School of Law where he was a member of the Berkeley Business Law Journal and acted as counsel for the New Business Counseling Practicum at Berkeley Law. Before coming to Brooklyn A, Austen worked as a Legal Extern for Justice Baxter of the Supreme Court of California, as an intern for the Fifth District Court of Appeal in California and was a case manager for the Los Angles Superior Court ADR Department. In his spare time Austen likes to surf (though not in the Hudson) and watch baseball.

Charnyl Revere, J.D.
Staff Attorney
Preserving Affordable Housing Program
Individual Representation Unit
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Charnyl RevereCharnyl graduated from Syracuse University in 2009 with her Bachelor’s in Economics and Public Policy; she went on to receive her J.D. from Florida A&M University in 2013. Prior to coming to Brooklyn A she volunteered part-time with the Georgia Innocence Project, where she assisted with inmate exoneration by performing intake evaluations to screen for eligibility. At the same time she also performed audits for Atlanta Seafood and Catering Company. Before moving to New York City she spent her spare time coaching gymnastics, providing instruction to people of all ages and skill levels.

Jessica Rose, Esq.
Program Director
Community & Economic Development Program

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Jessica RosePrior to coming to Brooklyn A, Ms. Rose was an associate at the public finance firm, Hawkins Delafield & Wood LLP, and worked for the Civil Division of the Legal Aid Society. Ms. Rose joined the CED Program of Brooklyn A in 2004, as a staff attorney and became the Director of the CED Program in 2008. Ms. Rose is a member of the NYC Bar Association’s Housing and Urban Development Committee, is a member of the Advisory Committee of the Fordham Urban Law Center, and has co-authored multiple articles on CED. In 2015 she received the Stein Alumni “In the Service of Others” Award from the Stein Center for Law and Ethics, Fordham University School of Law, for her exceptional leadership and commitment and significant public service contributions, and in 2012 she received the New York County Lawyers’ Association (NYCLA) Public Service Award for her distinguished service as a public-sector lawyer. Ms. Rose received her law degree from Fordham University School of Law in 2001 and is fluent in Spanish.

Kenrick Ross
Program Manager, Small Business Support Project
Community & Economic Development Program
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Kenrick has extensive leadership experience in the non-profit sector, helping to launch new organizations and initiatives, acting as liaison with government funders, and building relationships amongst diverse clients, stakeholders and community partners. He has a Masters in Urban Policy from Hunter College. Among his prior work experience, he served as the Executive Director of the Indo-Caribbean Alliance in Queens, as the Director of Education and Career Services at the YWCA of Queens, as the Associate Director of Professional Development and Quality Assurance at The Leaguers in New Jersey, and as a Development Officer at Diaspora Community Services in Brooklyn. He is also the Founder and President of Urban+Out.

Margaret Saalfield, Esq.
Senior Staff Attorney
Preserving Affordable Housing Program
Group Representation Unit
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Maggie SaalfieldPrior to law school, Maggie worked in international development at Eurasia Foundation and as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Ukraine. During law school, she held internships at the EPA and Earthjustice, participated in her school’s Health Law Concentration, and was a member of Law Review. After law school, she clerked at the Federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commission, an independent federal agency that adjudicates health and safety disputes arising in the nation’s mines, and the New York City Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings. Maggie is a member of the Housing and Urban Development Law Committee of the New York City Bar Association and an alumna of the New York City Environmental Law Leadership Institute. She is interested in the intersection of housing, health, and environmental justice. Maggie received her B.A. from the University of Virginia and her J.D. from CUNY Law.

Myrna Sanabria
Senior Paralegal
Preserving Affordable Housing Program
Individual Representation Unit

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Myrna SanabriaMyrna is a lifelong resident of Brooklyn, growing up in the borough and receiving her paralegal certificate from Brooklyn College. She has been a member of Brooklyn A for 36 years and loves the work she does because it is rewarding. Myrna has a husband of 49 years, two sons and three grandchildren. Her hobbies include cooking and gardening.

 

Milagros Sandoval
Community Outreach and Intake Specialist
Preserving Affordable Housing Program
Group Representation Unit

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Prior to joining Brooklyn A, Milagros Sandoval worked at the National Development and Research Institute, Inc. as a field coordinator. She has published numerous articles in various journals. Milagros received her B.A. in Anthropology and Sociology from City University of New York, where she also completed her Master of Arts in Sociology in June, 2017.

Yaa S. Sarpong, Esq.
Staff Attorney
Preserving Affordable Housing Program
Group Representation Unit

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After graduating from Columbia Law School in 2016, Yaa served as the Theodore Koskoff Litigation Fellow at Koskoff, Koskoff & Bieder in Bridgeport, CT, where she worked on matters ranging from personal injury to Fourth and Eighth Amendment civil cases. Prior to law school, Yaa worked was a Coro Fellow in Public Affairs in St. Louis from 2012-2013 and worked with math education company Reasoning Mind from 2010-2012 in Houston, Texas. Yaa graduated with honors from Brown University in 2010 with a dual concentration in Latin American Studies and Africana Studies.

Shimon Sieskel
Reception
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Shimon SieskelShimon has worked with Brooklyn A since 2011. He is a lifelong resident of Williamsburg.

 

 

 

Christopher Sina, Esq.
Staff Attorney
Preserving Affordable Housing Program
Individual Representation Unit

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Chris SinaChristopher graduated from New York University School of Law in 2013 where he was an editor for the Journal of Legislation and Public Policy. Chris has experience as a Law Clerk for Nevada Legal Services as well as serving as a Clinic Student for the EDNY Government Civil Litigation Clinic. Additionally Chris was a summer intern for Brooklyn A in our Individual Housing Unit. He received a B.A. in political science from University of Nevada Las Vegas and studied abroad at University of Brighton in England.

Francis Taveras
Paralegal
Preserving Affordable Housing Program
Group Representation Unit

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Fran attended New York City Technical College. Before coming to Brooklyn Legal Services Corporation A, Fran worked as a paralegal for 15 years for a personal injury law firm in New York City. Fran was born and raised in Williamsburg, Brooklyn so it brings a great deal of personal and professional satisfaction to her to be able to serve the community where she was born and raised.

Ezinwanyi Ukegbu, Esq.
Staff Attorney
Preserving Affordable Housing Program
Group Representation Unit

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Ezi UkegbuEzi Ukegbu is a graduate of the American University Washington College of Law.  Before coming to Brooklyn A, she clerked at the State of Connecticut Superior Court-New Haven and at the Circuit Court for Baltimore City.  While in law school, she represented low-income clients in her school’s General Practice Clinic and was an Articles Editor in the school’s Labor and Employment Law Forum.  During law school, she also interned at the District of Columbia Court of Appeals and at the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission-Office of the Chair. Prior to law school, she worked for nearly two years at the NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund Inc. as the Assistant to the Director of Litigation. She received her Bachelor’s degree from Oberlin College with honors. During college, she interned on Capitol Hill for then-Senator Hillary Clinton.

Jack Underwood, Esq.
Staff Attorney
Preserving Affordable Housing Program
Group Representation Unit

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Jack UnderwoodJack is a graduate of the Boston University School of Law where he worked on The International Law Journal. After Interning with Brooklyn A’s Fair Housing Program in the summer of 2014, he volunteered at the New York Legal Assistance Group as a part of their Foreclosure Prevention Project. He received his B.A. in Political Science from Gustavus Adolphus College and represented his school as an Academic All-American in soccer.


Joyce Vargas
Paralegal
Consumer & Economic Advocacy Program

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Joyce VargasJoyce is a recent graduate of New York City College of Technology with a BA in Legal Studies. She has been working in Foreclosure Defense since 2013 and is an avid advocate for homeowners. She hopes to advance her career in the legal field by attending law school in the future. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with family and friends.


Randi Lynn Veenstra, Esq.
Simpson Thacher Extern
Community & Economic Development Program
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Randi Lynn graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 2015 and is in Simpson Thacher’s corporate bankruptcy and restructuring group. Randi Lynn has worked on numerous pro bono projects while at Simpson, including a research project on national criminal justice debt, representing immigrants filing U-visa and asylum applications, and assisting in a working group with the ACLU. In law school, Randi Lynn participated and served on the executive board of UPenn’s Prison Education Advocacy Project, which focused on educating prisoners about current legal issues.

Ashley M. Vega
Reception
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Ashley M. Vega has worked with Brooklyn A since 2016, She attended Williamsburg Charter High school, and is currently taking up paralegal studies in Kingsborough Community College. Ms. Vega is Fluent in Spanish and is a Brooklyn native.

Lillybeth Ventura
Assistant
Low-Income Taxpayer Clinic

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Lillybeth first started working for BKA back in 2014 as an intern. Now, she is an assistant at BKA’s Low Income Taxpayer Clinic and is hoping to advance her career in the legal field by attending law school in the near future. 

Kevin Worthington
Legal Advocate
Preserving Affordable Housing Program
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In his capacity as a third-year law student, Kevin is involved with affirmative litigation ranging from HP actions seeking repairs and stopping landlord harassment to fair housing rights complaints. Kevin is expected to graduate in the summer of 2019 as part of the first Part-Time Class at CUNY School of Law. This law degree complements two Master’s degrees in Community Development and Political Science, as well as several years of community organizing for NYC Council Member Antonio Reynoso and human rights advocacy in Mexico and Bolivia with organizations such as the United Nations Agency for Refugees and Amnesty International.