Teresa Marie Cariño, Jesuit Volunteer, is a recent graduate from the University of San Francisco with a degree in Theology and Religious Studies. As a USF student, Teresa held internships at the San Francisco Organizing Project (SFOP) and South of Market Community Action Network (SOMCAN). While at SFOP, she worked on a listening campaign focused around immigration and helped facilitate leadership trainings. Her time as SOMCAN was spent facilitating workshops for members.
Mariel De La Cruz, Tenant Organizer, HUD-Assisted Housing, spent two years with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps before coming to Tenants & Neighbors. She worked as a Bilingual Paralegal at the Georgia Legal Services Farmworker Division, where she conducted outreach and educated workers about their rights. She also worked with the United Community Housing Coalition in Detroit, assisting people who were going through a foreclosure or eviction. In her current role, Mariel is educating and organizing tenants in buildings that HUD has determined to be at risk of loss of affordability. She graduated from Fordham University with a major in Political Science and a minor in Urban Studies.
Katie Goldstein, Director of Organizing, has been with Tenants & Neighbors since 2007. She initially came to us through the AVODAH Jewish Service Corps program. Other positions held at Tenants & Neighbors include Senior Organizer and Coordinator of Base Buillding and Leadership Development. Katie previously worked as an organizer for and served on the Board of Directors of Jews for Racial and Economic Justice. She studied political and economic geography at Sarah Lawrence College.
Oksana Mironova, Grant Administrator, is responsible for the administrative management of our HUD Tenant Resource Network grant, through which we educate and organize tenants living in Section 8 properties that HUD has determined to be at risk of loss of affordability. She is also currently working on the United for Homes Campaign. She has a Masters degree in Urban Planning from Hunter College.
Maggie Russell-Ciardi, Executive Director, previously worked at the Lower East Side Tenement Museum, where she developed arts, education, and dialogue programs about issues such as housing and immigration policy. Other past work experience includes serving as the Strengthening Neighborhood Assets Program Coordinator at Citizens Committee for NYC, the Director of Advocacy at the Center for Immigrants Rights, and as a labor organizer at the Farm Labor Organizing Committee. Maggie has an MA in Latin American Studies from NYU and a BA in Spanish and Labor Studies from Oberlin.
Miriam Serrano, Office Manager and Member Services Coordinator, oversees the maintenance of our office and also plays an instrumental role in member services, including coordinating the logistics for the annual membership meeting and conference and providing information and referrals to rent regulated tenants. She also plays a major role in our grassroots fundraising. Miriam is a fluent Spanish speaker and has been with Tenants & Neighbors for over sixteen years.
The New York State Tenants & Neighbors Coalition is a membership organization, and our work is made possible by the active involvement of our members. Click here to read more about several of our Tenant Leadership Committee members.