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, Esq., Managing Director  

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

Shezza Abboushi Dallal, Senior Advocate

Senior Advocate*, 2016 to present
Barnard College, B.A. History, 2016

Jennifer N. Arriaga Rivera, Housing Paralegal

Housing Paralegal, 2017 to present
Universidad de Puerto Rico,
M.A. in Social-Community Psychology, 2012

Sanai Carchi-Merrick, Paralegal

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, Esq., Staff 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, BA in Legal Studies 2010

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

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

Rafaela Stump, M.P.A., Development Administrator

Development Administrator, 2017 to present
Housing Justice Coordinator, 2016 to 2017
John Jay College of Criminal Justice, B.A./M.P.A. in Public Administration with Minor in Human Resources Administration, 2012.

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