The Brooklyn A Team

Jessica Rose, Esq.

Executive Director

Ms. Rose joined Brooklyn A in 2004 as a staff attorney and became Director of the Community & Economic Development Program in 2008. Before joining Brooklyn A, Ms. Rose w..

Joshua D. Hoffman, Esq.

Chief Financial Officer/Chief Operating Officer

Joshua 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. ..

Shekar Krishnan, Esq.

Director of Legal Advocacy and Strategic Partnerships

Mr. Krishnan began his career as an attorney in the Group Representation Unit from 2009-2010, helping to lead its Broadway Triangle fair housing case against the City of New..

Charnyl Revere, Esq.

Director of Operations & Special Projects

Charnyl 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 201..

Shimon Sieskel

Reception

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

Ashley M. Vega

Office Manager

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 Co..

Ndukwe Agwu, Esq.

Co-Deputy Director, Consumer & Economic Advocacy Program

Ndukwe 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 2..

Tamara del Carmen, Esq.

Director, Low-Income Taxpayer Clinic; Co-Deputy Director, Consumer & Economic Advocacy Program

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 h..

Sarah Block

Development & Communications Associate

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 Yo..

Travis Arrindell, Esq.

Deputy Director, Preserving Affordable Housing Program - Group Representation Unit

Travis Arrindell is the Deputy Program Director of Brooklyn Legal Services Corporation A’s (Brooklyn A) Preserving Affordable Housing Program Group Representation Unit of it..

Eliseo Cabrera, Esq.

Staff Attorney, Preserving Affordable Housing Program - Individual Representation Unit

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 wo..

Joseph Calaceto

Development & Grants Associate

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 websi..

Samuel Hamilton Chiera, Esq.

Staff Attorney, Preserving Affordable Housing Program - Group Representation Unit

Sam 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 l..

Dana Christensen, Esq.

Senior Staff Attorney, Preserving Affordable Housing Program - Individual Representation Unit

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 Cour..

Anne Leonardo

Development Coordinator

Anne Leonardo received her B.A. in English and Government with a concentration in International Relations from Wesleyan University in 2017. She began as a volunteer at Brook..

Meah Clay, Esq.

Program Director, Community & Economic Development Program

Meah received her BA from Spelman and JD from Vanderbilt University Law School. After law school, she was an associate at Weil Gotshal in its corporate practice for a number..

Chris Colón

Community Outreach & Intake Specialist, Preserving Affordable Housing Program - Group Representation Unit

Christopher Colón is a Community Outreach & Intake Specialist, working to empower residents and connect them to the resources and services they need. Christopher was bor..

Angela Escobar, Esq.

Senior Staff Attorney, Community & Economic Development Program

Prior to joining Brooklyn A, Angela was an associate at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP, where she advised clients on cross-bo..

Bruno Garcia

Community Outreach & Intake Specialist, Preserving Affordable Housing Program - Group Representation Unit

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 t..

Caitlin Gillies, Esq.

Staff Attorney, Preserving Affordable Housing Program - Group Representation Unit

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..

Blair Hill, Esq.

Staff Attorney, Preserving Affordable Housing Program - Individual Representation Unit

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 De..

Jennifer Kubicki, Esq.

Senior Staff Attorney, Community & Economic Development Program

Jennifer received her B.A. in Urban and Public Policy Studies from SUNY Buffalo and her J.D. with a concentration in Housing Finance an..

Lina Lee, Esq.

Deputy Program Director, Preserving Affordable Housing Program - Group Representation Unit

Prior 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, foreclo..

Janna Levin, Esq.

Senior Staff Attorney, Preserving Affordable Housing Program - Individual Representation Unit

Janna 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 volunteer with Fordham Law’s Ho..

Gregory E. Louis, Esq.

Program Director, Preserving Affordable Housing Program - Group Representation Unit

As the Program Director, Greg represents, and supervises the representation of, tenant and shareholder associations, low-income housing cooperatives, and community coalition..

Mateja Lucić

Legal Advocate & Communications Specialist, Preserving Affordable Housing Program - Group Representation Unit

Mateja 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-..

Carmen J. Manzano

Paralegal & Intake Specialist, Preserving Affordable Housing Program - Group Representation Unit

Carmen 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 org..

Leander (Lee) McRae, Esq.

Program Director, Preserving Affordable Housing Program - Group Representation Unit

Leander (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 Deg..

Adam Meyers, Esq.

Senior Staff Attorney & Litigation Specialist, Preserving Affordable Housing Program - Group Representation Unit

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..

Rachel Nager, Esq.

Staff Attorney, Preserving Affordable Housing Program - Group Representation Unit

Rachel 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..

Martin S. Needelman, Esq.

Chief Counsel Emeritus

Martin 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 t..

Kristie Ortiz, Esq.

Deputy Director, Preserving Affordable Housing Program - Individual Representation Unit

Kristie 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 ..

Rosemarie Peralta

Paralegal, Preserving Affordable Housing Program - Group Representation Unit

Rosemarie 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 ..

Michelle Perez

Paralegal & Intake Specialist, Preserving Affordable Housing Program - Group Representation Unit

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 Operatio..

Samantha Rauer, Esq.

Senior Staff Attorney, Community & Economic Development Program

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 Pr..

Austen D. Refuerzo, Esq.

Senior Staff Attorney, Preserving Affordable Housing Program - Individual Representation Unit

Austen 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 Busi..

Kenrick Ross

Program Manager, Small Business Support Project - Community & Economic Development Program

Kenrick has extensive leadership experience in the non-profit sector, helping to launch new organizations and initiatives, acting as liaison with government funders, and bui..

Milagros Sandoval

Organizing Specialist, Preserving Affordable Housing Program - Group Representation Unit

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..

Yaa S. Sarpong, Esq.

Staff Attorney, Preserving Affordable Housing Program - Group Representation Unit

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 ..

Christopher Sina, Esq.

Senior Staff Attorney, Preserving Affordable Housing Program - Individual Representation Unit

Christopher 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 C..

Francis Taveras

Paralegal, Preserving Affordable Housing Program - Group Representation Unit

Fran Taveras 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 ..

Eziwanyi Ukegbu, Esq.

Senior Staff Attorney, Preserving Affordable Housing Program - Group Representation Program

Ezi 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..

Jack Underwood, Esq.

Staff Attorney, Preserving Affordable Housing Program - Group Representation Unit

Jack 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 sum..

Lillybeth Ventura

Assistant, Low-Income Taxpayer Clinic

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 le..

Kevin Worthington

Legal Advocate, Preserving Affordable Housing Program - Group Representation Unit

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 h..

Corina Lozada, Esq.

Staff Attorney, Preserving Affordable Housing Program - Group Representation Unit

Corina Lozada is a 2018 graduate of Brooklyn Law School, where she received the CALI Excellence for the Future Award in Spanish for Lawyers, Silver Pro Bono Award, and parti..

Kamau Butcher, Esq.

Staff Attorney, Preserving Affordable Housing Program - Group Representation Unit

Kamau Butcher is a 2018 graduate of City University of New York (CUNY) School of Law, where he was a Student Attorney at Main Street Legal Services at CUNY School of Law and..

Gina Mitchell, Esq.

Staff Attorney, Preserving Affordable Housing Program - Group Representation Unit

Prior to joining Brooklyn A, Gina held several positions as an attorney is Australia including with DLA Piper LLP, the Administrative Law Group at the Crown Solicitor’s Offi..

Dennis Donnelly, Esq.

Staff Attorney, Preserving Affordable Housing Program - Group Representation Unit

Dennis graduated from Fordham University School of Law in May 2018. While in law school, he was a student leader in the H..

Catherine Peyton Humphreville, Esq.

Skadden Fellow, Community & Economic Development Program

Prior to joining Brooklyn A, Catherine Peyton Humphreville spent two years as a law clerk with the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. She received a ..

Ted Olds, Esq.

Kirkland & Ellis/Columbia Law School Fellow, Preserving Affordable Housing Program - Group Representation Unit

Prior to joining Brooklyn A, Mr. Olds served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Zambia and worked with the USDA Food and Nutrition Service, the United Nations Standing Committee ..

Alexander Knipenberg, Esq.

Staff Attorney, Consumer & Economic Advocacy Program

Alexander Knipenberg is a 2018 graduate of the Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University. Prior to joining Brooklyn A, he held internships with the Safe Center, t..