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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.…

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.…

Lisa Thomas

Lisa is the Director of Communications for ALIGN, overseeing media relations, digital strategy, and branding for the organization. She has more than a decade of communications experience at nonprofit arts institutions in NYC including the Brooklyn Academy of Music and Film at Lincoln Center.…

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.…

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.…

Katie Hayden

Katie Hayden is a Campaign Coordinator with ALIGN. Katie started her organizing career in Massachusetts with the Massachusetts AFL-CIO, creating a state-wide political and legislative education program for union members and working on a successful ballot initiative to keep the cap on charter schools.…

Karolina Gomez

Karolina Gomez is a Campaign Coordinator with ALIGN. Karolina has previously worked on electoral, labor and immigrants rights campaigns. Most recently, she has been heavily involved in the ongoing battle to win Citizenship for All. …

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.…

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.…

Hae-Lin Choi

Hae-Lin Choi has over a decade of experience in grassroots, union, political organizing, and social justice work. She currently serves as the New York State Legislative and Political Director NY for the Communications Workers of America, District 1.…


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.…

Bernadette Kelly

A second generation Teamster and native New Yorker, Bernadette Kelly has been a fearless advocate for workers, families, women and immigrants for decades. …

Jose Lopez

Jose Lopez is one of the three Co-Executive Directors of Make the Road New York. For two decades, Jose has demonstrated his commitment to Make the Road New York and the communities which we serve.…

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.…

Cynthia Travieso

Cynthia Travieso has over 15 years of experience working with workers across the nation to elevate their voices for power. A daughter of immigrants, Cynthia was raised by a community of activists in Los Angeles, California where a principle of life: you cannot be well when your community is not well, was ingrained into every aspect of she moves in this world.…