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

Operations Associatte, 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

Erin BurnsStaff Attorney

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

Tanvee Trehan, Law Graduate 

Law Graduate, 2018 to Present
Brooklyn Law School, J.D. 2017
Fordham University, B.A., 2013

Mayya Baker, Staff Attorney

Staff Attorney, 2018 to Present
Benjamin N. Cardoza School of Law, J.D. 2015
Pace University, B.A., 2011

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

Genesis Cabrera, Legal Assistant

Legal Assistant, 2018 to Present
John Jay College of Criminal Justice, B.A. in International Criminal Justice, 2021
Borough of Manhattan Community College, A.A. in Criminal Justice, 2016

Aitana Ruilova Castro, Legal Assistant

Legal Assistant, 2018 to Present
St. John's University, St. John's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, B.A. in Psychology, 2019

Dan HeeHwan Shin, Paralegal

Paralegal, 2018 to Present
CUNY School of Law, J.D., 2022
Villanova University, B.S. in Business Administration, 2011
 

* Advocates are non-attorney representatives