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..

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

Receptionist & Intake Officer

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

Ashley M. Vega

Receptionist & Intake Officer

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..

Tamara del Carmen, Esq.

Director, Consumer & Economic Advocacy Program

Tamara del Carmen is the Director of Brooklyn A’s Consumer & Economic Advocacy Program. Ms. Del Carmen first joined Brooklyn A as a Staff Attorney in 2015 and, prior to ..

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..

Dana Christensen, Esq.

Deputy Director, 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..

Janna Levin-Spaiser, Esq.

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

Janna Levin-Spaiser 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 ..

Lee McRae, Esq.

Program Director, Preserving Affordable Housing Program - Individual 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..

Kristie Ortiz-Lam, Esq.

Deputy Program 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 - Individual 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 ..

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..

Kenrick Ross

Program Manager, 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..

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..

Kamau Butcher

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..

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 ..

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..

Jonathan Riddix, Esq.

Staff Attorney, Preserving Affordable Housing Program - Individual Representation Unit

Jonathan Riddix is a staff attorney in the individual representation unit that has a strong background and interest in pu..

Brian Hanley, Esq.

Staff Attorney, Community & Economic Development Program

Prior to joining Brooklyn A, Brian was an associate at Haynes and Boone, LLP, where he spent four years as an associate in the real estate group. During law school, Brian in..

Kennedy Rivera

Paralegal/Receptionist, Preserving Affordable Housing Program - Individual Representation Unit

Kennedy started his career with the Oceanhill-Brownsville Tenants Association at Our Lady of the Presentation Catholic Parish in Brownsville as well as a tenant advocate in ..

David Ruan

Chief Financial & Operating Officer

David Ruan is Brooklyn A’s Chief Financial & Operating Officer. Previously, Mr. Ruan held numerous financial roles with Habitat for Humanity NYC since 2013, including as..

Zachary Young, Esq.

Staff Attorney, Preserving Affordable Housing – Individual Representation Unit

Prior to joining Brooklyn A, Zachary spent time with The Family Center, Safe Horizons, STEPS – To End Family Violence, and the Nassau County District Attorney\'s Office where..

Dan Ostrin, Esq.

Staff Attorney, Preserving Affordable Housing – Individual Representation Unit

Prior to joining Brooklyn A, Dan Ostrin, Esq. was a law Clerk with the Honorable Noah Franzblau of the New Jersey Superior Court from August 2018 to August 2019 and before t..

Sam Corman, Esq.

Staff Attorney, Preserving Affordable Housing – Individual Representation Unit

Samuel Corman is a 2015 graduate of Brooklyn Law School. Prior to joining BKA, he worked as a staff attorney in the Veterans Advocacy Project of Urban Justice Center, where ..

Jillian Cohen

Law Clerk, Community & Economic Development Program

Prior to joining Brooklyn A, Jillian Cohen worked for the Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee in the areas of health & benefits and family law. Cohen is a 2018 graduat..