Board of Directors

Julian Hill 

Julian Hill is an organizer, lawyer and a few other things, committed to winning, not only fighting, the fight toward the liberation of Black and other marginalized people. Before joining Georgetown University Law Center as a clinical teaching fellow, Julian advised dozens of worker cooperatives in New York City as an attorney at TakeRoot Justice.  As an organizer with the New York City chapter of Black Youth Project 100 (BYP100), Julian helped steer the NYC Black Mutual Aid Initiative (BMAI), which centered Black trans folks, Black sex workers, Black migrants and Black folks returning home and provided cash, food and/or supplies to nearly 1,000 Black New Yorkers responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.  They joined TakeRoot after a stint with a large law firm where they represented mostly Latin American companies on a host of deals.  Prior to law school, Julian taught high school Spanish in Compton, California. Julian is also a co-founder of Yo Hablo, a company that uses hip hop to teach Spanish, which he plans to convert to a worker cooperative in 2021.

Rachel Isreeli

Rachel is a Brooklynite, cooperative developer and facilitator, and beginner food grower and herbalist. For over 6 years, Rachel has been cultivating workplace democracy and worker-owned leadership at the Center for Family Life’s Cooperative Development Program, through direct work with coops and training community organizations to develop coops in their communities. Currently, Rachel is a consultant as well as a cooperative developer at RiseBoro Community Partnership, where they are organizing worker cooperatives as part of the Central Brooklyn Food Democracy Project, a Black-led food sovereignty project. Rachel has been organizing for over a decade at the intersection of gender, labor, and sexuality, including around sex work, gender-based violence, LGBTQ homelessness, transgender migrant workers, and immigrant-led worker cooperatives.

Sarah Lopez 

Sarah is a worker-owner at Radix Media, a commercial printer and independent publisher, where she designs and coordinates their social media. She’s been part of the co-op for almost four years, building strong relationships with other businesses and organizations. Sarah’s also an experienced organizer, who got her start in student organizing and environmental activism over ten years ago.

Jose Paulino

Jose Paulino is a founding member of New Deal Home Improvement and graduate of Green Workers Coop Academy. He came to New Deal with a strong background in sales and property management. As a digital native, he brings the capacity of tech platforms to the company. He has worked with subcontractors and customers to communicate with and through online tools. In real time he has forged practices that help small companies and co-op’s comply with industry regulations, streamline invoicing, collaborate on estimates and structure job scheduling. Jose spent his summers in the Dominican Republic helping with the family rice distribution company where he acquired a fundamental awareness of small business practices. He applies that with bi-cultural and bi-lingual skills when working with colleagues and other contractors and customers. After three years of working with the New Deal and NYCNoWC, Jose is dedicated to furthering the mission of equity and access through cooperative economics

Emily Ramos

Emily (she/her/they) is a Afro-Boricua womyn and New York-native from the Lower East Side and El Barrio. She’s been passionate about Marijuana Policy Reform since she was a student at New Design High School. She was motivated by the ways in which the racist War on Drugs has impacted her family and community; so she draws her inspiration from the Young Lord’s and the Black Panther Party in hopes to bring community together to build power, love and heal. She recently graduated the Green Worker’s Cooperative Academy and CoFed Summer Coop Academy, non-profit organizations supporting people of color in starting their own worker cooperatives. Emily co-founded ¡High Mi Madre! LLC. A womyn and femme of color Marijuana consumer worker-owned cooperative. Emily comes to this work recognizing that people of color have always been farmers and practitioners who have historically utilized this flower for medicinal and wellness purposes. She hopes to be a part of a movement of people of color and communities affected by the failed War on Drugs to help build, create, and sustain a legal and equitable Adult-use and comprehensive Medical Marijuana Program in NY State.

Joseph Rivera

Joseph “Joe” Rivera is a native New Yorker born in the neighborhood of Sunset Park. Being born to Puerto Rican parents, one parent being physically disabled and him being born with a learning disability himself. He has seen and understands how easily people in the minority get over looked and brushed aside. He has worked in the cooperative community since 2015. He is the first Chairperson of Alianza CUSP Inc, a collective of worker cooperative located in Sunset Park. He continues to support worker owners/ people of color through programs provided by Alianza CUSP.

Zara Serabian-Arthur

Zara Serabian-Arthur is a non-fiction filmmaker based in Brooklyn, NY. In both her independent and commissioned work, she is committed to helping others tell their stories and using media strategically as a means to shift narratives and support social justice movements.

Zara is a co-writer/co-director of the collective’s award-winning feature documentaries, Stages and Brasslands, as well as many independent documentary shorts, including Consensus and Into the Streets. She has also directed, produced and edited dozens of commissioned short films, collaborating closely with non-profits, foundations and grassroots organizations, including the Tenement Museum, the Participatory Budgeting Project, Ford Foundation, Rosa Luxembourg Stiftung and Make the Road New York among many others. Alongside her filmmaking work, Zara worked as a teaching artist and arts program administrator in schools and community centers across New York City for over ten years. She has been a member of Meerkat Media Collective since 2006.


Jose Paulino, Chairperson

Emily Ramos, Vice-Chairperson

Julian Hill, Treasurer

Saduf Syal, Secretary