Our Staff

Our staff of attorneys, legal advocates and researchers come from all over the country and bring decades of experience to clients in need.

Meet Our Staff

Scott Wagner, Managing Director 

Managing Director, 2017 to present
Fordham School of Law, J.D., 2010,
University of Dayton, B.A. in Religious Studies, 2001

Kiana Davis, Benefits Advocate

Benefits Advocate*, 2018 to present
George Washington University, B.A., 2015

Sanai Carchi-Merrick, Operations Associate

Housing Paralegal, 2017 to present
John Jay College of Criminal Justice, M.P.A., 2017
John Jay College of Criminal Justice, B.S. in Criminal Justice, 2014

Jonathan Cohen, Director of Legal Services

Director of Legal Services, 2017 to present
CUNY School of Law, J.D.
Haverford College, B.A.

Raven Dorantes, Managing Attorney

Staff Attorney, 2016 to present
Brooklyn Law School, J.D., 2008
M.A. in Social-Community Psychology, 2012

James Fenton, Staff Attorney

Staff Attorney, 2017 to present
St. John's University School of Law, J.D. 2015
Lemoyne College, B.A. in History 2012

Genevieve Fontan, Staff Attorney

Staff Attorney, 2017 to Present
Stanford Law School, J.D. 2010
Paris IV, La Sorbonne, Master's 2009
University of California at Berkeley, B.A. 2003

Leneer L. Hutchinson, Staff Attorney

Staff Attorney, 2017 to present
Whittier Law School, J.D. 2014
Ithaca College, B.A. in Legal Studies 2010

Erin BurnsStaff Attorney

Staff Attorney, 2018 to present
Brooklyn Law School, J.D. 2017
University of Delaware, B.A., 2014

Jordan R. Lipschik, Staff Attorney

Staff Attorney, 2017 to present
Brooklyn Law School, J.D. 2016
University at Albany, B.A. in Political Science, 2013

Jonah NelsonStaff Attorney

Staff Attorney, 2018 to present
City University of New York School of Law, J.D. 2017
Montclair State University, B.A.

Adriana Mendoza, Advocate

Advocate*, 2016 to present
Brooklyn College, B.A. Sociology, 2014

Edwin Ortiz, Director of Advocacy

Director of Advocacy, 2011 to present
Supervising Advocate, 2003 to 2011
Hofstra University, B.S., 1992

Emily Marie Ramos, Advocate

Advocate*, 2016 to present
Ithaca College, B.A. Writing, 2015

Ingrid Soto, NOEP Coordinator

NOEP Coordinator, 2014 to present

Helen Strom, Benefits Unit Supervisor

Benefits Unit Supervisor, 2016 to present
Advocate*, 2011 to 2015
Harvard College, B.A. Social Studies, 2011

Syeda M. Tasnim, Esq., Director of Budget and Operations

Director of Budget and Operations, 2017 to present
Staff Attorney, 2016 to present
CUNY School of Law, J.D., 2015
Swarthmore College, B.A. in Sociology / Anthropology, 2008

* Advocates are non-attorney representatives