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Stephan Edel, Green and Equitable Economies Organizer

Stephan is the Green and Equitable Economies Organizer. A Queens native, Stephan has worked as a union organizer in seven states, as a community organizer and as a producer of video and multimedia content. Stephan attended law school to better understand the legal mechanisms that impact and often marginalize working class communities and small businesses.  He has a JD from The City University of New York School of Law.  He also holds a Master’s Degree in Global Politics from Birbeck College of the University of London.

Susie Lim, Operations Manager

Susie Lim is the Operations Manager.  Formerly, she worked at the Citi Foundation, the Tides Foundation, the International Treatment Preparedness Coalition (a project of Tides Center) and for New York City Council Member Eva Moskowitz. She has over seven years of experience managing operations and grant-making processes and has a programmatic background in HIV/AIDS, education and affordable housing. Susie graduated from Wellesley College with a BA in Political Science.

Anthony Ng, Green and Equitable Economies Strategist

Anthony NgAnthony Ng is the Green and Equitable Economies Strategist. Anthony monitors the implementation of the Green Jobs-Green NY program, and develops policy proposals that can expand the green economy and create good jobs. Prior to joining the Center, Anthony worked for eight years at United Neighborhood Houses (UNH), where he served most recently as the Director of Policy & Advocacy. At UNH, he influenced State and City budget decisions to restore and increase funding for community-based programs meeting the needs of and promoting economic opportunity for children, youth, seniors, and immigrants. He has also worked at Asian Americans for Equality and the Mount Hope Housing Company, focusing on affordable housing and community development. In September 2009, City Hall News named Anthony one of their “40 Under 40 Rising Stars.” Anthony is a graduate of Bates College and has a Masters degree in City Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Dave Palmer, Executive Director

Dave PalmerDave Palmer is the Executive Director. From 1997-2003, Dave worked as organizer and lobbyist for NYPIRG, focusing on higher education, government reform and environmental justice issues. At NYPIRG, Dave led the campaign to pass the Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Act in the New York City Council. Later he served as an Equal Justice Works Fellow and Staff Attorney at New York Lawyers for the Public Interest, where he represented community based organizations working to address contaminated school sites; he successfully sued the City of New York to strengthen the school-site review process. Most recently, Dave led the Center’s effort to pass the Green Jobs - Green New York Act and companion utility bill financing legislation. He holds a JD from the City University of New York School of Law.

Joseph G. Rappaport, Policy Director

Joseph G. Rappaport is the Policy Director. Before he joined the Center, Joe led a team of policy analysts at the New York State Senate with responsibility for transportation, housing, corporations, consumer protection, banking and insurance. He also has served as a senior policy analyst for New York City public advocate and for the city’s comptroller. At the NYPIRG Straphangers Campaign, Joe helped lead campaigns to secure discount MetroCards, refurbish the Franklin Avenue Shuttle and increase capital investment in mass transit. NY1 named him a “New Yorker of the Year” for his part in the MetroCard campaign. Joe played lead roles in winning campaigns for the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) against casinos in the Catskills and legislation requiring electronics manufacturers to recycle their own products. He also wrote a daily transit column for amNewYork and advises the Taxis For All Campaign in its effort to win wheelchair-accessible taxis in New York City. Joe, a native of Rochester, was graduated from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

Sarah Riffat, Development Manager

sarahriffatSarah Riffat is the Center’s Development Manager and oversees all fundraising activities and grants administration. Prior to joining the Center, she worked at Progressive States Network, the Center for Court Innovation, and Demos: A Network for Ideas and Action. Sarah recognizes the pivotal role the nonprofit sector has in forwarding social justice, which has been at the cornerstone of her professional and educational career. She received her B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College, and recently completed her Masters in Urban Affairs with a concentration in Nonprofit Management at Hunter College, City University of New York.

Mark Treskon, Senior Policy Strategist

Mark Treskon is the Senior Policy Strategist at the Center for Working Families, conducting research and forwarding the policy work of the Center. He recently completed a PhD in Sociology from New York University, where he studied the role of advocacy organizations in promoting fair home lending legislation at local, state, and federal levels. Prior to his doctoral studies, he was a research analyst at the National Community Reinvestment Coalition and the National Low Income Housing Coalition, two organizations dedicated to promoting progressive federal housing policy. Mark has a Master’s Degree in Urban Planning from the University of Toronto and is a graduate of the University of Chicago.

Chloe Tribich, Communications Director

Chloe Tribich is Communications Director. She was a community organizer at the Northwest Bronx Community and Clergy Coalition for four years where she staffed the organization’s tenant organizing efforts. More recently, she served as lead organizer at Housing Here and Now, where she worked on campaigns to strengthen New York State’s rent laws and hold multifamily lenders accountable for conditions in their mortgaged properties. Her writing has appeared in City Limits, the Huffington Post, the Indypendent, the Norwood News, Bitch Magazine, Against the Current, and various literary journals. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Gender Studies from the University of Chicago.

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