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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, a long time organizer, political strategist, and a movement leader with a track record of winning campaigns in the progressive movement.…

Jake Streich-Kest

Prior to working at ALIGN, Jake spent the last four years working on the Fight for 15 in New York organizing Fast Food workers, coordinating coalition efforts and running mass action days.…

Phoebe Topakian Flaherty

Phoebe’s organizing background includes working with the labor and immigrants rights movements. In New York City, Phoebe worked for 32BJ on the airports campaign, organizing workers at LaGuardia, Newark and JFK airports.…

Patrick Nevada

Patrick is the Communications Associate of ALIGN, providing support for digital communications. Prior to ALIGN, Patrick worked as a middle school teaching assistant in New York City.…

Lynda Nguyen

Lynda Nguyen is the Senior Policy & Research Analyst at ALIGN. Lynda first started doing movement work within her Vietnamese refugee community in DC around housing justice and language access.…

Nina Terhune

Nina promotes ALIGN’s sustainability and growth as Director of Finance and Operations. As a lifelong Brooklynite, Nina is committed to community-led movements for a more just and equitable New York.…

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.…


Lucia Gomez

Lucia Gómez is the Political Director of the NYC Central Labor Council – AFL-CIO. Prior to joining the NYC CLC, Lucia was the Director of Organizing and Strategic Partnerships for LiUNA Local 78.…



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.…