Steering Committee

The Steering Committee is the elected leadership of the NYC-DSA city chapter. The co-chairs, treasurer, and secretary are elected at the annual city convention. The branch representatives are elected by their respective branches.

To contact the NYC-DSA Steering Committee, email info [a] socialists.nyc.

Rahel Biru, Co-chair

Rahel has been active in DSA for three years, and a cochair of NYC-DSA since 2015. Before joining DSA, she was active mostly in electoral politics, but the mobilizations around Occupy Wall Street and Black Lives Matter inspired her to become involved in social movements. For Rahel, DSA provides a broad structure for working on both electoral and movement campaigns, while putting socialism forward as a guiding vision for our work.

Zelig Stern, Co-chair

Zelig lives in Brooklyn. He works as a labor organizer helping to build new unions and strengthening the power of already organized workers. He has been involved in community and labor organizing for the past 13 years and the socialist movement for the past 10. He joined DSA to help organize the Local's Labor Branch, and is also on that Branch's Organizing Committee.

Neal Meyer, Treasurer

Neal is a member of the Brooklyn Branch of DSA and works for Jacobin magazine. He first got involved in the socialist movement through union organizing, and previously worked for DSA as the national youth organizer.

Laura Gabby, Secretary

Laura is a rank-and-file carpenter and elected union delegate. She is part of the Labor Branch and the Bronx/Upper Manhattan Branch. Before becoming a carpenter, Laura worked as a community and public health organizer, wrote for a neighborhood newspaper, and worked for a year as a union organizer.

Sarah Mills, Bronx/Upper Manhattan Branch Representative

Sarah is on the Organizing Committee for the Bronx/Upper Manhattan Branch. She is also a member of the National Lawyer's Guild and works in legal education.

You can contact Sarah at bronx.uptown [a] socialists.nyc.

Dan DiMaggio, Brooklyn Branch Representative

Dan lives in Brooklyn and works as the Assistant Editor at Labor Notes, helping to "put the movement back in the labor movement." He got his introduction to organizing through the campus living wage and anti-war movements, and is a former member of the National Committee of Socialist Alternative. He is on the Organizing Committee of the Brooklyn Branch and is also a member of the Labor Branch.

You can contact Dan at brooklyn [a] socialists.nyc.

Nina Connelly, CUNY Branch Representative

Nina lives in Brooklyn and serves on the Organizing Committee of the CUNY branch. She teaches at Baruch College and works as a freelance researcher.

You can contact Nina at cuny [a] socialists.nyc.

Patrick T. Shepherd, Labor Branch Representative

Patrick is a union organizer living in Brooklyn. He helped form the Labor Branch in 2016 after DSA's involvement in the Communication Workers of America's successful strike at Verizon. Patrick has worked as a labor activist and organizer for 8 years, and joined DSA in 2015.

You can contact Patrick at labor [a] socialists.nyc.

Vigie Ramos Rios, Queens Branch Representative

Vigie is a marketer and financial services professional who followed her calling to energy healing and began to awaken to the need for our society to change its guiding principals. She got active with the Bernie Sanders presidential campaign after learning of his efforts on behalf of veterans like her father, grandfather, cousins, and friends.  She worked as a regional field organizer and served as a delegate to the Democratic National Convention. She helped launch the Queens Branch and serves on its Organizing Committee. She sees the democratic socialist movement as a way to participate in shaping a society that serves us all.

You can contact Vigie at queens [a] socialists.nyc.