Board of Directors and Staff

CEANYC Board of Directors:

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Arsenia Reilly­-Collins is an Outreach Team Member of the Cooperative Economics Alliance of New York City. She is a member of the Educational and Mass Campaigns Committees of GABRIELA New York; a radical performance artist; a union organizer/negotiator/enforcer; a member of National Pax Christi Anti-Racist committee; and a mother who serves as PTA Secretary at PS 172.

 

 


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Christina Jaus is the founder of the WHEELS Collective (Women’s Hands Establishing Entrepreneurial Leadership Skills) is a solidarity economy organization that develops women­ owned and operated cooperatives of automotive repair shops. Christina is a graduate of Columbia Business School’s Institute for Non-­Profit Management focusing on business development skills, strategic planning, budgeting, board development, and fund­ development. She has held positions as a development associate and fiscal manager for several organizations and boards. Christina has the expertise and skills required to organize major and small events to attract supporters and cultivate donors. Christina has had an entrepreneurial spirit for many years & decided to follow her dream of starting a non­profit that works at the intersections of women, violence, poverty and incarceration. Christina seeks to offer skills and tools through non­traditional entrepreneurship as auto mechanics. In 2014, Christina left a successful financial career to attend auto mechanics school.


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Evan Casper-Futterman is a 3rd generation New Yorker born in the Bronx. He earned a master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of New Orleans in 2011, and was a White House Intern in the Spring of 2012 in the Domestic Policy Council’s Office of Urban Affairs. In the summer of 2013 he was a Research Fellow for the US Federation of Worker Cooperatives. He is currently a Doctoral Candidate (ABD) at the Bloustein School of Urban Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University, studying economic democracy and policy development.

 

 


 

Luisa Santos is a Brazilian immigrant who grew up in Miami, FL. She comes from an organizing perspective, with a background in environmental organizing with the Miami Climate Alliance, anti-displacement organizing in Washington, D.C. and New York City, and labor organizing with ONE DC and CWA Local 1102. She has facilitated youth civic engagement as the service-learning program coordinator for the Earth Ethics Institute at Miami Dade College, and has assisted with policy research for the Peace Economy Transitions program at the progressive Institute for Policy Studies.

Ever since first learning of the solidarity economy movement at the Next System Project NYC convening in March 2016, Luisa has been committed to community ownership and governance. Luisa has helped develop capacity for worker cooperatives with Cooperation DC and with the Center for Family Life’s Cooperative Leadership Institute. She currently works to ensure equity, advance policy, and assess impacts of Design Trust for Public Space projects, including partnering with the South Bronx community land trust to develop a community-driven urban plan and advocating for community gardens.


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Mark Winston­-Griffith is a nationally recognized thought leader, community organizer and journalist. A native of Crown Heights, Mark Winston Griffith is the co-­founder and Executive Director of the Brooklyn Movement Center (BMC), a membership­-based, community organizing group serving the neighborhoods of Bedford­-Stuyvesant and North Crown Heights. He is also an adjunct faculty member of the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism where he teaches a course in Urban Social Issues. In the early nineties, Mark co­-founded the Central Brooklyn Partnership, a community organizing group that focused on economic justice issues, and was co­-founder of Central Brooklyn Federal Credit Union, which at the time was the nation’s largest community­ based financial cooperative. He currently serves on the boards of the Brooklyn Cooperative Federal Credit Union, Little Sun People Early Childhood Education Center, the Riders Alliance, and Free Speech TV. Until recently he was on the boards of the Center for an Urban Future and the Center for Working Families.


Saduf Syal is a Pakistani-American who grew up exploring the woods of Akron, Ohio. She moved to New York City in 2000, where she has been working as a community organizer, direct service provider, and cooperative developer for over a decade within various community-based organizations throughout the city. Formerly, as Director of Make the Road New York’s workforce development services, Saduf launched and grew a unique workforce program that addressed the needs of immigrant communities through the integration of workers’ rights and occupational health and safety training, the building of strong partnerships with multiple entities such as other workforce organizations, government agencies, unions, and academic institutions, and finally, the co-development of worker cooperatives that aim to create quality jobs and offer living wages. She is currently the Coordinating Director of the NYC Network of Worker Cooperatives.


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William G. Ferullo is a Brooklyn­-based lawyer and active member of the Park Slope Food Coop (PSFC), one of the oldest and largest food coops in the United States. Over the course of his 15 ­year legal career, Bill has represented numerous non­profits, from anti­poverty and humanitarian aid organizations to groups focused on community development and environmental advocacy. He has also provided pro bono services advocating for free expression, the rights of indigenous peoples, reproductive freedom, and campaign finance reform. In an effort to enforce a New York law that protects the special legal status of cooperatives, Bill worked with a small team at the PSFC to prevent the luxury retailer Barneys from misusing the term “coop” in its “CO­OP” line. Barneys ultimately closed the brand in 2013. Bill has previously served as a member of the steering committees of a collectively operated bookstore and community center and a direct action­-oriented homeless advocacy group, both based in Boston.


Celeste Hornbach joined UHAB in 2015 as a Project Associate in the Co-op Preservation department. In that role she assisted UHAB-developed cooperatives in budget preparation and all other aspects of technical assistance that keep HDFCs healthy and well-functioning. She now helps ensure the successful co-op conversion of buildings in UHAB’s development pipeline. In addition, she continually seeks innovative ways to create resident-controlled affordable housing in New York City. A graduate of the University of Rochester, Celeste received her Masters of Urban Planning from New York University.

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CEANYC Staff:

Cheyenna Layne Weber, General Coordinator, organize (at) gocoopnyc (dot) com

Cheyenna is a writer and organizer who elevates the needs of people and the planet over profit. For 20 years she has worked with social justice, environmental, and community organizations in every capacity from volunteer to executive director.  In addition to her role as a co-founder and current staff with CEANYC, she is a co-founder and member of SolidarityNYC, where she led the creation of the first online interactive map of New York City’s solidarity economy, and an Associate Member of the editorial collective  Grassroots Economic Organizing (GEO). Previously she spearheaded the creation of the New Economy Coalition while executive director of the New Economy Network, served on the Board of Directors at Lower East Side People’s Federal Credit Union, and helped start five worker cooperatives from Occupy Wall Street’s tenure in downtown Manhattan.


 

Evan Zavidow, Program Manager, evan (at) gocoopnyc (dot) com

Evan is a Southern California native and recent graduate of Barnard College, where she majored in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies with a concentration in Race and Ethnicity Studies. Over the past couple of years, Evan has been involved with anti-mass incarceration and restorative justice work, environmental justice organizing, and facilitating a radical on-campus discussion group about all things related to gender and sexual identity. Her passion for environmental, economic, racial, and gender justice brings her to the world of solidarity economy work, where she serves as Program Assistant for CEANYC.

 

 

CEANYC is supported by a wide network of community leaders and volunteer teams who lend their skills and expertise to our projects. Many are members of Park Slope Food Coop, which graciously supports our work through their member labor program. If you’d like to volunteer to build New York’s cooperative future please email organize (at) gocoopnyc (dot) com.