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]

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]

Danya Lagos, Central Brooklyn Branch Representative

Danya is on the Organizing Committee for the Central Brooklyn Branch.

You can contact Danya at central.brooklyn [a]

Tiffany Berruti, CUNY Branch Representative

Tiffany lives in the Bronx and serves on the CUNY Branch Organizing Committee. She is a recent graduate of Hunter College and organizes primarily in the CUNY system.

You can contact Tiffany at cuny [a]

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]

Tiffany Gong, Lower Manhattan Branch Representative

Tiffany is on the Organizing Committee for the Lower Manhattan Branch.

You can contact Tiffany at lower.manhattan [a]

Justin Charles, North Brooklyn Branch Representative

Justin is on the Organizing Committee for the North Brooklyn Branch.

You can contact Justin at north.brooklyn [a]

Abdullah Younus, South Brooklyn Branch Representative

Abdullah is on the Organizing Committee for the South Brooklyn Branch.

You can contact Abdullah at south.brooklyn [a]

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]

Alex Pellitteri, YDSA Representative

Alex is passionate about young people having a voice in politics which led
him to be a co-founder of the NYC YDSA chapter. Additonally, Alex is on the
Organizing Committee of the South Brooklyn Branch and has worked on
numerous electoral campagins. He is a high school senior in Brooklyn where
he is active in local politics.

You can contact Alex at info [a]