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.


Interim Director: Richard Alvarado, M.A.

Interim Director, 2016 to present
Director of Budget & Operations, 2013 to present
Housing Coordinator, 2009 to 2013
University of Connecticut, B.S. Human Development Family Studies, 2004
The New School, M.A. Urban Policy Analysis and Management, 2010

Jennifer N. Arriaga Rivera

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

Raven Dorantes, Esq.

Staff Attorney, 2016 to present
Brooklyn Law School, J.D., 2008
University of Massachusetts at Amherst, B.A. in Communications, 2001

Emily Frank

Advocate*, 2015 to present
New York University, B.A. Sociology, 2015

Shezza Abboushi Dallal

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

Edwin Ortiz

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

Syeda M. Tasnim, Esq.

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

Emily Marie Ramos

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

Adriana Mendoza

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

Ingrid Soto

NOEP Coordinator, 2014 to present

Helen Strom

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

Rafaela Zapata-Stump, MPA

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.

* Advocates are non-attorney representatives