Staff & Board

Staff

John Raskin, Executive Director, is an organizer and political leader with extensive experience in New York City and State politics.  Before co-founding the Riders Alliance, he served as chief of staff to New York State Senator Daniel Squadron.  Prior to that, he worked for five years as a community organizer and director of organizing for Housing Conservation Coordinators, an affordable housing advocacy organization on the West Side of Manhattan.  He has a B.A. from Harvard University.

Rebecca Bailin, Senior Organizer, has close to ten years of experience working for social justice.  She has worked as the Student Network Coordinator for the Abortion Rights Coalition of Canada and as a reproductive rights advocate for Planned Parenthood of Nassau County.  She holds an M.A. in Sociology from the New School for Social Research and a B.A. from the University of British Columbia.

Jessica Nizar, Senior Organizer, is a die-hard grassroots organizer with five years of organizing experience building community power in and out of New York City. Prior to joining Riders Alliance, she worked at Fifth Avenue Committee and La Unión to improve food access and affordable housing in Brooklyn, and she brings these experiences to the fight for better public transit for New Yorkers.

Sonia Isard, Membership and Development Coordinator, brings her commitment to community engagement to the fight for better public transit.  Before joining the Riders Alliance, she worked as the Associate Editor and Digital Media Editor for Lilith Magazine. She holds an M.A. from the Jewish Theological Seminary and a B.A. from the University of Michigan, where she focused on environmental economics. Sonia got her start in organizing with the Philadelphia Student Union, where she worked on educational equality and youth empowerment.

Josselyn Atahualpa, Administrative Assistant and Canvassing Director, first joined the Riders Alliance as an intern and later transitioned into staff. She is a recent graduate of Williams College, where she majored in Political Science and Latin@ Urban Studies. Josselyn brings her passion for social justice and organizing communities of color to the fight for better transit.

Advisory Board

Laura Clancy is the chief of staff at Achievement First, a charter school network in New York City. She has worked as a management consultant at Bridgespan, a leading consultant for not-for-profit organizations, and holds an MBA from Columbia University.

Mary Cooley is the district office director for New York State Senator Daniel Squadron. She has also served as chief of staff to Assembly Member Brian Kavanagh and worked as a community liaison for Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer.

Mark Foggin is a partner at Public Works, a management consultant firm helping nonprofit, public sector and other mission-driven organizations that focus on economic and community development. He previously spent more than a dozen years in the Bloomberg and Giuliani administrations. Mark has lived in four of the five boroughs and is an enthusiastic multimodal commuter.

Mark Winston Griffith is the Executive Director of the Brooklyn Movement Center. He has previously worked as the field organizer for the MOVE NY campaign, the Executive Director and Senior Fellow for Economic Justice at the Drum Major Institute for Public Policy, and the co-director of the Neighborhood Economic Development Advocacy Project.

Benjamin Kabak is the author of Second Avenue Sagas, a widely read blog that focuses on issues involving mass transit in New York City. He is a graduate of NYU Law School and an attorney at Bortstein Legal Group in Manhattan.

Theo Moore is the Senior Policy Analyst in the Policy & Innovation Division of the New York City Council. He brings over ten years of nonprofit and political advocacy experience, having worked as National Lead Organizer with the Restaurant Opportunities Center United (ROC-United) as well as with ALIGN: the Alliance for a Greater New York, Common Cause, Families United for Racial and Economic Equality (FUREE), and the Working Families Party. He is a lifelong resident of Brooklyn, born and raised in the East Flatbush section of the borough.

Quinn Raymond is a technology specialist and account executive at Promenet. As a volunteer community organizer, he launched the “Save the M8” grass-roots campaign that galvanized thousands of supporters, drew support from elected officials and helped prevent the proposed elimination of a popular bus line in Lower Manhattan.

Gene Russianoff is the staff attorney and spokesperson for NYPIRG’s Straphangers Campaign, New York City’s oldest and best-established advocate for better transit service. He is a graduate of Brooklyn College and Harvard Law School, and was a Revson Fellow at Columbia University.

Jeremy Soffin is a Senior Vice President at BerlinRosen, a public affairs and communications firm in New York. He previously worked as director of media relations at the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), where he served as chief spokesman for the agency that runs New York’s buses, subways, suburban commuter rails and various bridges and tunnels.