Staff

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Executive Leadership

Elizabeth Guzmán, Esq

General Counsel

General Counsel

Rance Huff

Chief of Staff

Administration

Administration

Chief of Staff

Rance Huff

After an award-winning career in journalism, Rance Huff has spent 20 years in government, the last 10 as Chief of Staff to Public Advocate Williams.

Deputy Chief of Staff

Josenia Dominguez

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Josenia Dominguez has worked in City government for nearly a decade. She manages the Public Advocate's Office Administration and Human Resources Departments. Josenia's passions include advocating for human rights and children's educational needs.


Facilities Management Coordinator

Beatriz Prado

Administrative Assistant

Eynique Waterman

Office Manager

Fabienne Muntu

Administration Assistant

Renee Sterlin

HR Assistant

Tameerah Hodges

Communications

Senior Advisor for Communications

William Gerlich

Director of Communications

Kevin Fagan

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Kevin has worked with the Public Advocate since 2017, beginning in the City Council. He believes service is doing all the good you can, where you are.

Deputy Digital Media Director

Mirielle Clifford

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Mirielle Clifford believes in the power of digital communications for good. She is passionate about decarceration, labor rights, and disability justice.

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Press Officer

Brittney Grimes

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Brittney believes in standing up for what's right and helping others. She is passionate about justice and community service. She has received the National Organization for Women Award and the National Council of Negro Women Achievement Award for her writing. She is a graduate of Hofstra University.


Visual Media Associate

Caroll Campos

Digital Marketing Specialist

Luiza Teixeira-Vesey

Community Affairs

Chief Deputy Public Advocate, Community Affairs

Julissa Gonzalez

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A mother of two, Julissa has a passion for the arts, and all things that bring joy. She has dedicated the last 11 years to working in City government.


Manhattan Borough Advocate

Curtis Young

Civic and Community Empowerment Coordinator

Fabiola Mendieta-Cuapio

Bronx Borough Advocate

Gina Williams

Queens Borough Advocate

Norris Johns

Community Organizer, Civic and Community Empowerment

Pharein Griffith

Jewish Community Liaison

Simon Sebag

Staten Island Borough Advocate

Travis Carter

Community Engagement

Deputy Public Advocate for Housing Equity

Edgardo "Solomon" Acevedo

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Solomon Acevedo is a lifelong activist committed to pursuing justice, health and safety for all.

Deputy Public Advocate for Education & Opportunity

Elizabeth Kennedy

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To ensure our collective work carries us forward with dignity and equity, we must be rooted in community, accountability, and love that constantly asks us all to give our best together and centers our wellbeing.

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Deputy Public Advocate for Justice & Safety

Jeffrey Severe

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Justice looks like an opportunity for healing, while safety is freedom from harm.

Deputy Public Advocate for Infrastructure & Environmental Justice

Kashif Hussain

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Kashif Hussain is an experienced infrastructure and environmental engineer who is passionate about equitable transportation and clean energy technology.


Community Organizer, Education & Opportunity

Danna Lennon-Thomas

Community Organizer, Infrastructure & Environmental Justice

David Kahn

LGBTQ & Health Coordinator

Kim Watson-Benjamin

Community Organizer, Education & Opportunity

Lupe Hernandez

Community Organizer, Infrastructure & Environmental Justice

Sasha St. Juste

Constituent Services

Director of Constituent Services

Beverly Gooding

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Beverly Gooding is a proud, native New Yorker dedicated to making sure all of NYC's communities have access to the resources and supports they need to thrive.

Deputy Director of Constituent Services

Melissa Dandin

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Melissa is a caring advocate and has a background in Social Work. She is devoted to serving constituents in NYC, addressing numerous issues they have.


General Counsel

General Counsel

Elizabeth Guzmán, Esq

Deputy General Counsel

Matthew Carlin

Matt is an attorney with over 20 years of experience. At the New York City Council, he worked on complex legislation like the Paid Safe & Sick Leave Law.


Policy and Legislation

Chief Deputy Public Advocate for Policy

Veronica Aveis

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Veronica Aveis is Chief Deputy Public Advocate for Policy. She previously worked as Chief of Staff to Senator Roxanne Persaud, and Political Director for Planned Parenthood in NY.

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Director of Legislation and Policy

Rosie Mendez


Senior Policy & Budget Associate

Ana Luo-Cai

Leg & Policy Associate

Cerimar Olivares

Senior Leg & Policy Associate

Gwendolyn Saffran

Senior Policy & Legislative Associate

Jessica Tang

Correspondence Associate

Raymond Sheares

Legislation & Policy Associate

Samuel Eluto

Scheduling & Executive Operations

Director of Scheduling & Executive Operations

Isa Cortez

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Isa Cortez is an experienced director with over a decade history of working in the government administration, legislative relations and non-profit industry.

Deputy Director of Scheduling & Executive Operations

Angela Martinez

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Experienced Special Assistant/Scheduler with over 15 years in city government, providing efficient and effective scheduling services to ensure the smooth running of city operations.


Advance & Scheduling Associate

Adam Ullian

Scheduling Assistant

Asra Rashid

Special Assistant

Nicholas Reyes

Scheduler & Advance Associate

Winston Brown Jr.

Technology, Development, and Data

Director of Technology, Development & Data

JC Brillant

J.C. has 20+ years experience. He started his career in the Private Sector with companies like; 1-800-Flowers, Grey Advertising, Amazon, and Microsoft. As Director, he will help our Advocates to implement technology to help improve RESPECT & DIGNITY of all New Yorkers.

Deputy Director of Technology, Data & Development

Ketan Sinha

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Ketan is a passionate advocate for using technology in service of people. He believes it should be used responsibly, ethically, and equitably.


Systems Support Engineer

Jewel Tolliver

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