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Rodman Serrano

Rodman Serrano is the Field and Training Coordinator for the Long Island Civic Engagement Table, where he leads the organization’s voter engagement and leadership development initiatives in the region. Rodman started his work at the Table as a summer youth intern and now aspires to build the leadership of youth across Long Island. When he’s not at work, Rodman enjoys reading biographies and listening to live music.



 

Fryda Guedes

Fryda Guedes is the Data Manager at the New York Civic Engagement Table. Previously, she was a Data Consultant for non-profit organizations throughout the country, helping them use data to drive civic engagement programs. Fryda also worked at Hispanic Federation as Director of Immigration and Civic Engagement, where she executed programming, wrote and managed grants, oversaw community outreach, and led issue-area advocacy initiatives. She earned her undergraduate degree in Political Science at Yale University. She was born in Cuba and raised in Miami. In her spare time, Fryda helps lead Progressive HackNight. She also loves animals and board games!

 

Melody Lopez

Melody is Executive Director of the New York Civic Engagement Table. Melody has over a decade of experience in community organizing, electoral campaigns, issue campaigns, and coalition building. Melody joined NYCET after working with the NYC Department of Education Office of Intergovernmental Affairs and before that she managed several successful electoral campaigns for progressive candidates in New York. Melody began organizing at the Working Families Party where she worked on numerous issue campaigns and managed electoral campaigns in NYC and Westchester. She was also fortunate to spend time living in the California bay area where she organized communities and coordinated coalitions to build support for affordable housing while at the Non-Profit Housing Association of Northern California. Melody enjoys cooking and spending time with her husband and cat, Nina.

 

Marcela Barrientos

Marcela Barrientos is the Director of Training and Leadership Development at the New York Civic Engagement Table (NYCET). She is a proud immigrant who was born in Honduras and raised in New York City. Marcela has an extensive background working in the labor movement  as a strategic campaigner, organizer and trainer. Prior to joining the New York Civic Engagement Table, Marcela was hired as the first Director of Organizing for, the AFL-CIO’s Latino constituency group, where she travelled throughout the country meeting with Latino union members, students and allies to organize around issues impacting their communities. She has also taught courses in  social justice and theatre at community college and university levels. Marcela earned her undergraduate degree at NYU TISCH School of the Arts and her Master’s degree in Applied Theatre, at CUNY’s School of Professional Studies. She is also a recipient of NYU’s Hemispheric Institute EmergeNYC Fellowship. Marcela enjoys reading poetry, eating delicious food and loves Frida Kahlo!

 

Ann Sullivan

Ann became the Hudson Valley Civic Engagement Coordinator for the New York Civic Engagement Table in the fall of 2016 bringing over 20 years of leadership in the field of community organizing.  She has brought together organizations to identify regional needs to increase civic engagement, held Civic Engagement and skills trainings for low-income Black and immigrant residents, put together Census Briefings and interactive community trainings with presentations by the Census Bureau and NYS Governor’s office and engaged a range of organizations to hold non-partisan candidate forums in Poughkeepsie and Newburgh. 

Ann has been a consultant with the Center for Community Change where she worked on a variety of projects including Presidential Candidate forums in Nevada and Iowa and acted as the Interim Executive Director of the New York Communities Organizing Fund, Inc. after leading fundraising efforts for community organizing initiatives over nearly twenty years that raised millions of dollars.

As a Lead Organizer for NY ACORN and then Deputy Director with New York Communities for Change, Ann organized anti-housing discrimination campaigns exposing institutionalized racial discrimination; pioneered a successful effort to rid public schools of toxic PCBs; built a membership base and developed organizing staff and interns in New York City and on Long Island; and coordinated a campaign for long-term affordability at Starrett City in Brooklyn.

Ann holds an MFA from New York University and a BA from Sarah Lawrence College.