Board of Directors

Patricia Alejandro

Patricia (she/her) is a lawyer, educator and community-builder. She is committed to fighting for and building equity and access for everyone, particularly immigrants and communities of color. She started her career working on democracy and human rights, and began focusing on economic justice in law school, seeing sustainable livelihoods as a crucial ingredient of more just and democratic societies. Cuban-born, she brings the experience of being an immigrant, navigating multiple identities, and continuously growing and spreading roots in new communities. She currently works as a Staff Attorney at TakeRoot Justice, advising worker-owned cooperatives in New York City. Prior to TakeRoot, she worked at large law firm representing clients in international financial deals. Every now and then, she also teaches workshops and classes on negotiation. This past year, she volunteered with South Brooklyn Mutual Aid to organize food deliveries to families in Brooklyn.

Tehmina Brohi

Tehmina Brohi (she/hers) is a Pakistani-born, NYC-cultivated citizen of the world. She is a cooperative developer, an entrepreneur, organizer, and artist. She is the founder and owner of the cross-cultural lifestyle brand Istani. Tehmina has over ten years of experience in grassroots organizing and her career’s focus has been on entrepreneurship and alternative business models. Currently, she is also on the steering committee of Happy Family Night Market, a recently-converted multi-stakeholder cooperative which celebrates the Asian diaspora through food, art, and education. Tehmina is inspired by the methods of exchange and relationship building that the solidarity economy presents and is excited to move this work forward by adding her perspective and skills to the movement. In all that she does, Tehmina values and upholds community, creativity, and joy.

Myla Flores

Myla Flores (she/her), CD, LCCE, SpBCE, CLC is the Founder of The Birthing Place, My Loving Doula, and Co-founder of Uptown Village Cooperative. As a birth doula, postpartum doula, birth assistant, educator, and lactation professional, Myla was first initiated into birth work in 2006 as a birth assistant in the homebirth setting, eventually shifting to mostly supporting in hospitals via My Loving Doula. In 2016, Myla co-founded Uptown Village Cooperative, a multicultural community of maternal health professionals supporting gentle birth and postpartum, breastfeeding, and reproductive health justice in Upper Manhattan & The Bronx where she has built relationships with a spectrum of people and organizations with a deep commitment to improving their community. Currently, Myla is working to open a Bronx based birth center, The Birthing Place. Engaging in numerous community partnerships serving expectant and new families through the years has provided Myla the ability to witness firsthand the challenges that birth workers face in having the true ability to improve experiences and outcomes in their community. She is a committed birth justice activist with strong connections to people and organizations who share the common interest to improve birth for NYC families.

Dalaeja Foreman

Dalaeja Foreman (she/they) is a community organizer, curator, cultural worker and first-generation Caribbean-Brooklynite. As a hood-intellectual, their work focuses on political education, Black and Indigenous Autonomy, and community control through community preservation. Radical pedagogy, reclaiming public space, and liberatory action are central to Foreman’s curatorial and organizing practices; specifically with the goal of prototyping counter-hegemonic ideologies and actions, combating internalized misconceptions oppressed people have of ourselves, and emphasizing resistance through direct action and cultural production. She is one of three founders of the woodworking cooperative, breadfruit.

Mohammad Hassan

Mohammad (he/him) is a founding member of the Drivers Cooperative. As an active driver of over 6 years, he wants to make sure that all drivers are aware of their rights. He is an expert in customer service experience with fluency in 3-4 different languages. He is also a Council member of District 24 of the DOE in NYC.

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.

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.

Aldo Ulisses Reséndiz Ramírez

Aldo Ulisses Reséndiz Ramírez (they/them) is a multilingual, queer immigrant from a farm-working family of Indigenous hñähñu and xi-oi descent. They are a writer, cultural worker, tenant organizer and language justice promoter in community organizing spaces across New York City. Aldo works on critical language pedagogy and popular education approaches to teaching emergent bilinguals, Spanish bilinguals, and speakers of all languages and language varieties. They are a current worker-owner at Algarabia Language.

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.

Officers

Emily Ramos, Chairperson

Patricia Alejandro, Vice-Chairperson

Sarah Lopez, Secretary

Mohammad Hassan, Treasurer