Development & Administration

Beth Goldman
President & Attorney-in-Charge

DSC_02881Beth came to NYLAG after a 20-year career in government service. Most recently, she was appointed by Mayor Michael Bloomberg in September 2013 to serve as the Commissioner of the Department of Finance, the agency responsible for collecting $30 billion in revenue for the City. Previously she served as Deputy Commissioner and General Counsel at Finance, heading the legal department and providing guidance across the agency.

Prior to joining the City, Beth served for 15 years in the Civil Division in the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York. For the last six of these years, she served as Deputy Chief, and before that, as Chief of the Environmental Protection Unit and as a line Assistant. During her tenure, she represented the United States in defensive and affirmative cases in Federal District Court and appeals in the Second Circuit Court of Appeals in areas ranging from employment, tort, First Amendment, fraud, civil RICO, national security and many others on behalf of myriad federal agencies.

She began her career as a law clerk for Judge Charles P. Sifton in the Eastern District of New York. Following a year as a foreign associate in Israel, she worked in private practice for four-and-a-half years, honing her litigation skills and maintaining an active docket of pro bono work. She is a 1987 cum laude graduate of Harvard Law School and a magna cum laude graduate of Yale University.

Sara Meyers
Chief Operating Officer

sara point 6Sara manages administration and operations for NYLAG, including human resources, information technology and office management. She is responsible for developing and maintaining office-wide systems to track outcomes and improve productivity, works closely with the Finance Department to monitor budgets and reporting, and provides senior management with leadership and guidance, including multi-year strategic planning. Sara also oversees the NYLAG’s development team, which is responsible for the organization’s revenue generation.

Most recently, Sara was Assistant Vice President, Institutional Advancement at Hunter College, where she built a leadership team and developed organizational strategies for the Hunter College Foundation (HCF). In her role she: directed the Foundation’s daily activities, including fundraising, grant administration, special events and alumni affairs; forged successful relationship with Board Executive Committee and Committee Chairs to advance strategic initiatives; ensured adherence to all 501c3 standards and norms; and worked to preserve the ongoing financial health of HCF.

Before joining Hunter College, Sara served for over ten years at two City of New York agencies. Most recently she was Assistant Commissioner of the Department of Finance, where she was responsible for the oversight and administration of the city’s 30 property tax benefit programs, oversaw New York City commercial parking ticket operations, and introduced a number of new systems and policies that increased accountability and productivity. Earlier Sara was an Assistant Commissioner of the Taxi & Limousine Commission.

Sara received her Master of Public Administration from New York University, and her Bachelor of Arts in Government and Sociology from Connecticut College.

Melissa Boone
Office Manager

Nicholas Brasse
Executive Assistant to the President

Nicholas provides administrative support to the President and Attorney-in-Charge, and facilitates communication with senior management and with NYLAG’s Board of Directors. Prior to joining NYLAG, Nicholas interned with several congressional offices and campaigns, conducting policy research for elected officials and assisting with public events and intergovernmental communication. Nicholas received his B.A. in Government & Legal Studies from Bowdoin College.

Margaret Jimenez
Coordinator, Human Resources

Cepeda Johnson
Director, Human Resources

Cepeda is responsible for leading the development and implementation of strategic human resources initiatives at NYLAG. He has over fifteen years of experience working in the non-profit sector. In his most recent role, Cepeda was the head of human resources at Innovations for Poverty Action. Cepeda was previously Director of Human Resources and Administration at a charitable organization based in New York City.

Cepeda holds a Bachelor of Arts from Hunter College, a Masters of Public Administration from Metropolitan College, and an HR Directors Certificate from Cornell. He also possesses the following professional certifications: Professional Human Resources, Human Resources Certification Institute (PHR-HRCI); Society for Human Resources Management Certified Professional (SHRM-CP); and Strategic Workforce Planning, Human Capital Institute (SWP-HCI).

London Kirkendall
Senior Grant Writer, Development

London is NYLAG’s senior grant writer, responsible for developing fund-raising proposals for foundations and government agencies on behalf of various Units and projects, and writing reports on NYLAG’s achievements. Prior to joining NYLAG, London spent six years as a grant writer at the Chinese-American Planning Council, the largest provider of social, community and educational services to Chinese Americans in the United States. London holds a B.A. from Johns Hopkins University and a Ph.D. from Princeton University.

Prem Koblall
Messenger & Clerical Assistant

Bruno Lopez
Messenger & Clerical Assistant

Maya Martin-Udry
Communications Coordinator

Fatima M’Bae
Messenger & Clerical Assistant

Caitlin McTiernan
Data Analyst, Development

Abimael Moctezuma
Administrative Clerk

Helen Murphy
Director of Philanthropy

Helen is the Director of Philanthropy, responsible for individual and corporate giving. Helen partners with NYLAG attorneys and staff to increase support for and visibility of our vital programs. Prior to joining NYLAG, Helen worked in both programmatic and development capacities in leadership roles at Children’s Academy, INCLUDEnyc, and The Glaucoma Foundation. Helen received her BA from College of the Holy Cross, and a Masters in Social Work from Columbia University.

Grace Penaranda
Human Resources Generalist

Wanda Richardson
Reception & Administrative Assistant

Lisa Rivera
Managing Attorney

Lisa is responsible for managing NYLAG’s legal programs by ensuring alignment with client and community need and fostering team work and cross-collaboration among units and projects. Lisa also manages the development and implementation of professional training programs for staff and works with the senior leadership team in providing direction and leadership of the organization, including strategic planning and the development of programs.

Prior to her role as Managing Attorney, Lisa most recently served as NYLAG’s Director of Strategic Initiatives, where she worked with NYLAG leadership to strengthen the organization’s capacity through special initiatives including a strategic planning process.

Lisa joined NYLAG in 2003 as a Staff Attorney in the Matrimonial & Family Law Unit and supervised the Courtroom Advocates Project, a program that trains and supervises law students to assist survivors of intimate partner violence in family court. She became the Associate Director from 2008-2016 and was the Acting Director of the Matrimonial & Family Law Unit. She supervised a team of dedicated advocates representing survivors of intimate partner violence in immigration, matrimonial and family law matters.

Earlier, Lisa worked at the National District Attorney’s Association where she assisted in developing trainings on domestic violence, sexual assault and forensic evidence. Lisa co-directs the Domestic Violence Clinical Center in conjunction with St. John’s University School of Law, where she is an adjunct professor. She is a member of the Lawyer’s Committee Against Domestic Violence and served on the Family Court/Family Law Committee of the NYC Bar Association. Lisa has received the Courtroom Advocates Award for her empowerment of domestic violence victims and a Public Service Award from the New York County Lawyers’ Association. She received her J.D. from George Washington University Law School and a B.A. from Bucknell University.

Marcela Romero
Receptionist

Jennifer Schwarzchild
Director of Foundation & Government Relations, Development

Jennifer is responsible for managing city, state and federal government grants and contracts, as well as government outreach. Prior to coming to NYLAG, she worked at a consulting firm and interned at the Office of the Mayor of New York City. She received both her B.A. and M.A. in Political Science from Fordham University.