Our Staff

Maria Amor, Staff Attorney

 

Julio Camacho, Housekeeping/Maintenance Worker

 

Alexander Dilone, Auditor/Weatherization Construction Manager

 

Archana Dittakavi, Attorney

Archana joined Housing Conservation Coordinator's as a Staff Attorney in 2015. She previously worked as a Staff Attorney in the Family Defense Practice at The Bronx Defenders and at the Street Vendor Project, part of the Urban Justice Center. She graduated from Brooklyn Law School in 2011 and from the University of California, Berkeley in 2007.

 

Tenant Organizer - TBA

Ava L. Ferenci, Poverty Justice  Solutions (PJS) Fellow

 

Mary Fox, Associate Director

 

Jonathan T. Furlong, Director of Organizing

Jon has been working in the affordable housing development field for the past 10-plus years. In his previous position at the Association for Neighborhood and Housing Development (ANHD), Jon was responsible for providing assistance and support to neighborhood-based non-profit organizations working on proposed re-zonings throughout New York City. His work included project management for neighborhood-based efforts, as well as coordination of ANHD's efforts in a collaborative of citywide Technical Assistance providers. He earned a Master's Degree from Hunter College in Urban Affairs after which he worked as a labor organizer for the Service Employee's International Union, Habitat for Humanity, Housing Here and Now, and the Pratt Area Community Council.

 

Luca C. Guacci, Attorney

 

TBA, Community Organizer

 

Lynn Horowitz, Supervising Attorney

Lynn joined HCC in 2013. She previously worked in the Group Representation Unit of Brooklyn Legal Services Corporation A. She is a graduate of Boston University School of Law, where she represented clients facing criminal charges as a Student Attorney in the Criminal Law Clinic and volunteered at a weekly clinic with Shelter Legal Services. Lynn received an A.B. in History from Brown University.

 

Karen Jackson-Campbell, Director of Weatherization Services, a native New Yorker, has been involved with Weatherization Assistantce Program (WAP) since 1991. From 1991 until 1998 Karen worked for a Brooklyn-based not-for-profit performing outreach and intake duties for the WAP program. In 1998, Karen moved to Housing Conservation Coordinators, Inc. as the Director of Weatherization Services. As a member of a newly formed Steering Committee for the WAP network facilitated by NYSHCR and NYSWDA this committee's efforts are to encourage the network to have a uniform policy throughout the state. She also sits on the Board of Directors as an At-Large member at Association for Energy Affordability (AEA) and serves on the Executive Board of Directors at New York State Weatherization Directors Association (NYSWDA). She spends her free time hosting food-themed parties, cooking, gardening, exploring her creative self, quiet evening walks, and most of all spending time with family and friends.


Bob Kalin, Tenant Organizer

Bob has worked as a tenant organizer for 35 years at HCC and for the last three years as a Tenant Advocate. Over the years he has worked with tenants in substandard buildings that were owned by slumlords until now when the neighborhood is facing severe gentrification and development pressures. He feels strong that housing activists cannot be advocates for others until they are first advocates for themselves. To this end he was one of the founders of the union at HCC which was the first nonprofit community housing group in the United States to unionize. Bob has trained more than a dozen tenant organizers at HCC and has been doing housing training throughout the City for years including a highly regarded and popular training on HP Actions. In recent years Bob has developed a plan of action to help elderly tenants to clean out their cluttered apartments in order that they will not be evicted. Bob has worked on over 190 of these cases.


Ana LoBiondo, Executive Assistant

 

Jose Melendrez, Field Data Specialist/BPI Certified

 

Ashley Minett, Staff Attorney

 

Monica Morante, Senior Community Resource Coordinator

Born and raised in Hell's Kitchen, Monica Morante has deep roots within her community. For more than 25 years, she has served in social justice and community outreach. What her clients collectively recount, from elders to adolescents, is her unparalleled patience, positive attitude, approachable demeanor and incredible capacity for empathy. It is undeniable how much she cares for others. After completing the Executive Master's program in Industrial Labor Relations from Baruch College in her hometown of New York City, she has served as Senior Community Resource Coordinator at Housing Conservation Coordinators Inc. for the last ten years. When she isn't working, Monica can be found soaking up sun by the beach in NJ, attending Broadway shows, and enjoying good food.

 

Ivette Nuñez, Weatherization Intake Specialist

 

Nico Palazzo, Attorney

 

Richard Semegram, Attorney

          

Leslie Thrope, Executive Director

 Leslie has spent her career dedicated to public interest work. She earned her B.A. from Antioch College, in Yellow Springs, Ohio, where she majored in psychology and women's studies. In 1994, Leslie receveived her J.D. degree from the City University of New York Law School at Queens College. While in law school, she interned with the New York City Commission on Human Rights, the National Center for Lesbian Rights, and the HIV Unit at Brooklyn Legal Services, Corp.


After Law School, Leslie spent nine years practicing as a family law attorney at Building Service 32B-J Legal Services Fund, representing union members and their dependents before the New York City Family Courts and the New York City Department of Education. In 2003, working closely with City Councilmembers Robert Jackson, Christine Quinn and Speaker Gifford Miller, she was instrumental in ensuring that New York City Council passed the Equal Benefits Bill.

In 2004, Leslie joined the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law as the Director of The Center for Public Service Law. During her tenure at Cardozo, Leslie worked with hundreds of students and alumni to ensure that they were able to access the opportunities to become successful public interest lawyers. Joining HCC in April of 2017 has been a homecoming of sorts. Leslie went to law school many years ago to work in an organization that is devoted to providing poor and low income communities with access to the tools of organizing and advocating for equal and fair justice.

 

Patricia Whitcomb Hooper, Asst. to Legal Comp.



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