Betsy Gotbaum is the Executive Director of Citizens Union. She served as the New York City Public Advocate. She was elected as Public Advocate for New York City in 2001 and again in 2005, she was the third woman elected to a citywide post in NYC history. For the past four decades, Ms. Gotbaum has had a distinguished career in New York City’s public and private sectors. She has worked as an advisor to three mayors, executive director of the New York City Police Foundation, commissioner of the city Department of Parks & Recreation, and president of the New York Historical Society.
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Sally McCullough is the Director of Finance and Administration for both Citizens Union of the City of New York and Citizens Union Foundation. She has been a part of Citizens Union since July 2006. From 2000-2006 Sally worked as the Director of Finance and Administration for the World Music Institute. Sally has a Master of Arts from the University of California Santa Barbara and a Bachelor of Music from the University of Texas at Austin.
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W. Javon Rice is the Technical Manager and Web Producer for Gotham Gazette and Citizens Union since 2009. Originally from Ann Arbor, Michigan, William received an Associate Applied Science degree in front-end web design and eCommerce management from Washtenaw Community College. He went on to receive his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Michigan in Political Science and History in 2006. In 2015, he graduated from The New School of Public Engagement with a Masters in Media Management.
Rachel Bloom is the Policy Director for Citizens Union. Her work focuses on New York state policy, with particular attention paid to access to voting and policing. Focusing on these issues, she works with Citizens Union members, as well as with national partners, to advance good government reform. Ms. Bloom is a proud alumna of Barnard College and received her Master's degree in Social Policy and Planning from the London School of Economics.
Ethan Geringer-Sameth is the Public Policy and Program Manager at Citizens Union, where he focuses on reforms in the areas of government transparency, police accountability, and voting. Before joining the Citizens Union staff, he covered New York City politics for the Gotham Gazette and was a caseworker at a child welfare agency serving the five boroughs. He has a B.A. in African and Afro-American Studies and a Master of Science in Human Rights.
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Nelson Mallory is the executive assistant to Citizens Union’s executive director, Betsy Gotbaum. He is a graduate of New York University, where he received his Bachelor of Science in Communication Studies.
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Rosa Loza, currently Development Associate at Citizens Union, was born and raised in Lima, Peru. Rosa earned her Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Latin American Studies at The City College of New York. Previously she studied Advertising at the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú. Before moving to Brooklyn in 2010, she participated in several volunteer programs focused on the development of impoverished communities in urban areas. Rosa’s mainly interests are child education and community participation development.
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Ben Max is the executive editor of Gotham Gazette, a news publication of Citizens Union Foundation dedicated to accountability journalism covering New York government and politics. Before joining Gotham Gazette in 2014, Ben launched and ran Decide NYC, a comprehensive guide to the 2013 city elections, and worked in education for ten years, most of them as a high school history teacher. Ben earned a Bachelor's degree from Trinity College and a Master's degree from Tufts University.
Samar Khurshid is the City Government Reporter for Gotham Gazette. He covers City Hall, including the mayor's office, the New York City Council and various city agencies. He has an M.A. in journalism from New York University and a B.A. (Honors) degree in history from Delhi University. Samar was born and raised in New Delhi, India and worked with the Hindustan Times, a leading national English-language daily, before moving to New York.