1. Paula Ortiz

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  2. Leslie Ramos

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    Leslie A. Ramos joined the 82nd Street Partnership in October 2014 as Executive Director. She has extensive experience working with small businesses, City agencies, and the Latino community; bringing a wealth of knowledge in economic and community development practices. Leslie received a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Illinois and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the Maxwell School of Citizenship & Public Affairs at Syracuse University. She began her career at the Office of Management and Budget, and has also served as Assistant Commissioner for Finance at the Department of Housing Preservation & Development, and executive director of the Mayor’s Office for Industrial & Manufacturing Businesses. Leslie is a member of the Latina Leadership Forum’s founding committee, and a former board member of Latina PAC, as well as an Adjunct Professor at Brooklyn College’s Puerto Rican & Latino Studies Department.

  3. Yin Kong

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    Yin Kong 邝海音 is a community-based designer and curator living and working in Manhattan’s Chinatown. Think!Chinatown is the culmination of her work in urban design, museum, culinary & cultural instruction, and community engagement. Previously an Urban Curator of the Dashilar Project, she consulted a municipal agency of Beijing on urban revitalization strategies in the city’s historic hutong core. She also spent time teaching at the Black Sesame Kitchen in Beijing and onboard Semester at Sea. She loves sharing Thomas Jefferson facts which she picked up at her time working at Monticello. Yin holds a Masters of Architecture, Urban Design from the Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London and a Bachelors of Arts, Urban Studies from Columbia University. Her work has been presented at the Venice Biennale of Architecture 2016 and the Shenzhen Biennale of Architecture 2007 & 2009. In 2019 she was a fellow of both the New Museum’s IdeasCity and Coro’s Neighborhood Leadership programs. In 2020 she was a David Prize finalist.


  4. Meg Chew

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    Meg Chew 周凱慧is a recent graduate from Barnard College where she received a B.A. in Urban Studies (Architecture). She’s interested in how architecture and planning facilitates power, specifically looking at their connections with nationalism and colonialism. Her senior thesis examined the relationship between public housing, nation-building, and political exile in Singapore.

  5. Kerri Culhane

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    For over 20 years, activist-public historian Kerri Culhane has used applied interdisciplinary research to inform a community-based approach to neighborhood placekeeping, more critical than ever at this time of accelerating physical, social, cultural and economic change in New York. Focused on the historic immigrant neighborhoods of the Lower East Side, Bowery, Chinatown and Little Italy, Kerri uses the past as a lens to gain perspective on critical issues confronting communities today. Her award-winning writing and exhibition curation have supported local efforts to celebrate and sustain the cultural landscape. She is a planner with a PhD in architecture and urban history.

  6. Ari-Duong Nguyen

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    Originally from Hanoi (Vietnam), Ari-Duong Nguyen (they/she) is a recent graduate with an MA in Media Studies from The New School. They write criticism of cinema and time-based media, and program experimental screenings when they can. While primarily concerned with issues of labor and extraction, their work always aims towards the intimate amidst displacement and estrangement, the comfort of makeshift homes in the face of existential uncertainty. Their analog photography and personal documentaries could also be found respectively in zines and microcinemas in NYC.

  7. Ryan Gilliam

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    Ryan is an artist and organizer with three decades of experience working in the Lower East Side on community art projects and public space activations. She is a co-founder of Fourth Arts Block and has led the transformation of a vacant building into a community arts space on East 4th Street.

  8. Loisaida Center

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    Founded in 1978, Loisaida, Inc. is a Puerto Rican multidisciplinary community development organization located in the Lower East Side area of Lower Manhattan. We stand firm on our original mission — to address the serious economic and social disenfranchisement of poor and low income Latino residents in the Lower East Side, with employment and training opportunities, comprehensive youth development initiatives, as well as neighborhood revitalization activities that positively highlight our rich culture, heritage, and contributions of the Puerto Rican, Caribbean, Latin American & migrant community in this City.

    The Loisaida Inc. Center provides space, mentorship, resources, and opportunities to emerging community leaders, artists, and creators in diverse disciplines. We promote a vibrant social and community life and serve as an incubator for self-sustainable projects and entrepreneurial initiatives. Our approach celebrates the urban surroundings, grassroots invention, and immigrant spirit of the Loisaida neighborhood in our dedication to highlighting our cultural vitality and contributions to NYC.


  9. Imani Keith Henry

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    Imani Keith Henry is a long-time anti-police brutality, anti-war, anti-death penalty and Harm Reduction activist in the US. In 2013, Imani Henry founded Equality for Flatbush (E4F) a Black Lives Matter organization which does police accountability, affordable housing and anti-gentrification/anti-displacement organizing in Brooklyn, NY Imani holds a Masters in Social Work and a Masters in Public Administration from NYU.

  10. Equality for Flatbush

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    Equality for Flatbush (E4F) is a Black Lives Matter organization that has fought gentrification, displacement and police violence in Brooklyn, NY since 2013. They have only two goals: to end NYPD murders and to stop the displacement of low-to-middle income people from Brooklyn, NY. Led by Black and Brown lifelong and longtime New Yorkers, E4F believes in the abolition of the police, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), and prisons. E4F is a member-led grassroots organization made up largely of Black Caribbean women migrants and descendants of migrants of color. They have an holistic, trauma-informed approach to organizing that is steeped in the principles of demonstrating “revolutionary love,” practicing kindness, being relentless, and “having each other’s backs.” There are three layers to their organizing method: 1. Triage and Rapid Response, 2. Accountability and Structural Change, and most importantly, 3. Abolition. They organize their communities for social justice and change through street outreach, social media campaigns, as well as political and direct action.