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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. …

Daisy Chung

Daisy Chung is the Deputy Director of ALIGN, providing support for the development of the organization’s vision, planning and strategy. She was formerly ALIGN’s Campaign Director, where she designed and executed strategic campaigns in collaboration with labor unions, community groups, and environmental justice organizations.…

Chio Valerio-Gonzalez

Chio Valerio-Gonzalez is the Campaign Director for Transform Don’t Trash. Chio emigrated from Mexico when she was 10 years old to Detroit, Michigan, where she saw first-hand the disinvestment in communities of color and reinvigorated her spirit to fight for social justice.…

Sunshine Royanian Ludder

  • Director of Strategic Research and Communications
As Director of Strategic Research and Communications for ALIGN, Sunshine Royanian Ludder is responsible for developing and advancing ALIGN’s policy agenda and communications strategy and serves as an integral part of ALIGN’s leadership team helping to shape and implement the organization’s vision.…

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.…

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.…

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.…

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.…