Our Team

Group shot of Commission staff at 2019 NYC Pride Parade, holding signs and banners
Chair and Commissioner Carmelyn P. Malalis speaking at a podium. Sign on podium says, 4th Annual Iftar in the City.
Commission staff members posing with sign stating Pregnant, Breastfeeding, and Caregiving Workers in NYC: The Launch of a New Report From the NYC Commission on Human Rights.
Commission staff member distributing literature to a passerby near the subway.
(From Top) Commission staff at 2019 NYC Pride Parade (Photo credit: Nancy Siesel Photography); Chair and Commissioner Carmelyn P. Malalis speaking at 4th Annual Iftar in the City, May 2019 (Photo credit: Neha Gautam Photography); Commission staff at launch event of Commission’s “Pregnant, Breastfeeding, and Caregiving Workers in NYC” Report, July 2019 (Photo credit: Eurila Cave - Cali York Photography); Commission staff distributing literature during a day of action, June 2017 (Photo credit: Adrienne Nicole Productions).

The NYC Commission on Human Rights is staffed by legal, community relations, policy, communications, human resources, finance, operations, administrative and information technology staff members from across the City's rich and diverse communities and beyond, representing many languages, cultures, and backgrounds. The Commission welcomes people of all races, faiths, colors, ethnicities, national origins, ages, genders, sexual orientations, and gender identities or expressions; veterans; people with disabilities; and people with personal experience with the criminal legal system.

The Commission's staff speaks over 30 languages across its different departments including Spanish, Haitian Creole, Arabic, Hindi, Urdu, Korean, Bengali, Russian, French and Chinese. This reflects on the Commission's vision and mission, under Commissioner Carmelyn P. Malalis' leadership, to be a local government resource that is representative of, and accessible to, the different communities the agency serves, and grow with the goal of meeting the needs of New Yorkers from every corner of our great City.

The diversity within the Commission's staff is unified by a common passion for human rights. That core value is informed by the staff members' personal and prior work experience working with and alongside other advocates for human rights, including community based groups; legal services, faith-based, and social justice organizations; and federal, state or local elected officials and government agencies.

Office of the Chairperson and Commissioner

Carmelyn P. Malalis
Chair and Commissioner

Brittny Saunders
Deputy Commissioner, Strategic Initiatives

Dana Sussman
Deputy Commissioner, Policy and Intergovernmental Affairs

Office of the General Counsel

Damion Stodola
General Counsel

David Rozen
Deputy General Counsel

Office of Mediation and Conflict Resolution

Elizabeth J. Shampnoi
Director of Mediation and Conflict Resolution

Community Relations Bureau

Franck D. Joseph II
Deputy Commissioner

Kajori Chaudhuri
Assistant Commissioner

Vanessa Ramos
Managing Director for Education and Compliance

Doreen Bermudez
Managing Director for Programming and Special Projects

Alexander Korkhov
Staten Island Community Service Center Director

Derek Slaughter
Brooklyn Community Service Center Director

Daryl Cochrane
Manhattan Community Service Center Director

Rasel Rahman
Queens Community Service Center Director

Orlando Torres
Bronx Community Service Center Director

Law Enforcement Bureau

Sapna V. Raj
Deputy Commissioner

Katherine Carroll
Assistant Commissioner, Public-Initiated Housing and Public Accommodations Cases

Katherine Greenberg
Assistant Commissioner, Public-Initiated Employment Cases

Alberto Rodriguez
Supervising Attorney, Employment

Dustin Frankel
Supervising Attorney, Housing and Public Accommodations

Demoya Gordon
Supervising Attorney, Public Accommodations and Policing

Elizabeth Osley
Administrative Counsel

Paul Keefe
Supervising Attorney, Employment (Fair Chance Act and Criminal History Discrimination)

Sudarsana Srinivasan
Supervising Attorney, Housing and Public Accommodations (Discriminatory Harassment)

Anna Martinez
Disability Service Facilitator

Communications and Marketing

Vincent Villano
Executive Director, Communications and Marketing

Alicia McCauley
Press Secretary

Nimer Basha
Video Production Manager

Maximillian Wollner
Marketing and Social Strategy Manager

Rosa Lee
Graphic Designer

Human Resources

Taiwo Onabanjo
Executive Director of Human Resources

Information Technology

Deshard Stevens
Chief Information Officer

Operations (Budget)

Sheshe Segar
Executive Director of Operations & Chief Diversity Officer