Our Staff

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, Executive Director, 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.

Delsenia Glover, Rent Regulation Organizer, is a long-time member of Tenants & Neighbors. She is also leader of the tenant association in her rent stabilized development in Harlem. She is currently playing a lead role in the planning of the pilotTenant Leadership Institute that will be launched in January of 2014.

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.

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.

Our Members

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.


The Board of the NY State Tenants & Neighbors Coalition

TandNBoard2013 Board Members and Former ED after the 2013 General Membership Meeting

Most of the Coalition Board members live in regulated, subsidized, or formerly subsidized housing. Ten of the Board members are elected by the general membership at general membership meetings. People who stand for election to the Coalition Board typically have already made significant contributions to the organization through service on one of our Tenant Leadership Committees. The other five Board members, mostly staff of allied organizations, are appointed by the elected Board members.

Board Officers:

Ricardo Gotla, President*
Rent Regulated Tenant

Emanuel Hickson, Vice President*
Section 8 Tenant

Katy Bordonaro, Secretary*
Mitchell-Lama Residents Coalition

Tom Waters, Assistant Treasurer*
Community Service Society

Board Members:

Afua Atta-Mensah
Urban Justice Center

Greg Bangser
Northern Manhattan Improvement Corporation

Ellen Davidson
Legal Aid Society

Ricky Leung*
Section 8 Tenant

Lucy Levy
Rent Controlled Tenant

Wasim Lone*
Good Old Lower East Side

Jackie Peters
Mitchell-Lama Residents Coalition

Hilary Saunders
Former Mitchell-Lama Tenant

* Also on the Board of the New York State Tenants & Neighbors Information Service.