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Meet the Staff and Board of ALIGN NY.

Staff Members

Maritza Silva-Farrell

Maritza Silva-Farrell is the Executive Director at ALIGN. Prior to becoming Executive Director in November 2016, Maritza was ALIGN’s Deputy Director and Campaign Director. …

Annabel Short

Annabel Short is the Deputy Director at ALIGN.  She oversees ALIGN’s research and communications, and supports the Executive Director on ALIGN’s strategy and its implementation.…

Malika Conner

Malika Conner is the Lead Organizer at ALIGN. Malika came to ALIGN after serving as a campaign coordinator for Jobs to Move America, where she brought together a coalition of community, labor, and workforce development groups to advocate for good transportation manufacturing jobs in New York State.…

Brett Thomason

Brett Thomason is the Climate Organizer at ALIGN. He recently spent two years in Portland, Oregon as a liaison between the Oregon AFL-CIO and Renew Oregon, a statewide climate campaign.…

Nina Trumbo

Nina C. Trumbo is the Strategic Researcher and Policy Analyst at ALIGN. She has worked in a variety of roles with nonprofit organizations, labor unions, and political campaigns.…

Luis Gonzalez

Luis Gonzalez is the Development Manager at ALIGN. Luis earned a Bachelor’s Degree in History from New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), where he spent many years actively involved in Student Government and working with the Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) on providing support services for students of color.…

Board of Directors

Stuart Appelbaum

  • President
  • Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union
Stuart Appelbaum has served as the President of the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union since 1998. He is also an International Vice President and member of the Executive Board of the 1.4 million-member United Food and Commercial Workers International Union.…


Deborah Axt

  • Co-Executive Director
  • Make The Road New York
Deborah Axt is Co-Executive Director of Make the Road New York, the largest immigrant base-building organization in New York State. Deborah leads Make the Road’s new worker organizing and low-wage worker policy work, as well as the organization’s legal, services, finance and development operations.…

Eddie Bautista

Eddie Bautista, Executive Director of the NYC- Environmental Justice Alliance, is an award-winning community organizer and urban planner. In February 2010, Eddie resigned as Director of the Mayor’s Office of City Legislative Affairs to take the reins at NYC-EJA.…

Brian Ellis-Gibbs

Brian Ellis-Gibbs believes that faith-rooted communities are being called to reclaim their prophetic role as proponents for social justice, freedom and equality.…

Lenore Friedlaender

Lenore Friedlaender, Assistant to the President of 32BJ, is in charge of strategic partnerships.  She oversees efforts to build strong and meaningful alliances with community, labor and advocacy partners locally, regionally and internationally on a number of issues.   …

Bob Master

Bob Master is the Director of Legislative/Political and Mobilization Activities for District One of the Communications Workers of America, which represents 160,000 workers in New York, New Jersey and New England.…



Maritza Silva-Farrell

Prior to becoming Executive Director of ALIGN in November 2016, Maritza was ALIGN’s Deputy Director and Campaign Director. She is committed to driving transformational change in New York City by forging powerful alliances that benefit workers, immigrants, women, low-income communities of color, and the environment.…

Anthony Thomas

Anthony Thomas currently serves as the Political & Legislative Director for the New York City Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO which serves 1.3 million union members from 300 different union affiliates.…

Dorian Warren

Dorian T. Warren is Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science and the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University.…