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Members

At NICE, we believe that our work is critical because it prioritizes the leadership and voice of immigrant workers who are often excluded and/or marginalized from other spaces.

We believe our work is successful when, first and foremost, our membership has been able to spearhead change, build power or exercise their rights in ways that directly affect their everyday lives, their well-being, and their position in society.

The Assembly draws from NICE's nearly 5,000 members who engage with the organization through its various programs and activities. NICE's member Assembly is made up of member leaders who have participated in our leadership develop programs and who are chosen among their peers. The Assembly come together on a monthly basis to report back on committee and sub-committee work, discuss important issues, and make collective decisions.

Current Assembly committees include the workers' rights committee, women in construction committee, the job center committee, and the 20th-anniversary committee. A significant priority for the assembly and its committees is to engage NICE's members and supporters through community actions, public education, and policy campaigns.

Staff

  • Alex Garcia, Worker Rights Manager
  • Angelica Novoa, Training Coordinator
  • Angelica Peña, Receptionist
  • Brayan Ramales, Worker Center Associate
  • Daniel Molano, Worker Center Associate
  • Diana Moreno, Director of Programs
  • Estefania Galvis, Workforce Development Manager
  • Francisco Tecaxco, Worker Rights Associate
  • Ivonne Molano, Worker Center Associate
  • Jasmin Palaguachi, Workforce Development Associate
  • Jeanie Reyes, Operations Manager
  • Jose Payares, Workforce Development Coordinator
  • Joseph Peña, Trainer
  • Juan Jose Nolasco, Skills Training Instructor
  • Karen Vargas, Worker Rights Associate
  • Karla Hernandez, Training Associate
  • Kyla McLaughlin, Training Associate
  • Macarena Moraga Agurto, Programs Manager
  • Manuel Castro, Executive Director
  • Maritza Ortiz, Senior Health and Safety Trainer
  • Mildred Burgos, Senior Worker Center Associate
  • Nadya Lucero, Worker Center Associate
  • Natalie Rodriguez, Administrative Associate
  • Nilbia Coyote, Training Director
  • Rob Aguilar, Worker Center Manager
  • Sara Feldman, Worker Rights Director
  • Sara Hobler, ESOL Instructor/Training Associate
  • Vanessa Marquez, VP of Development and Marketing
  • William Rodriguez, Director of Operations
  • Yeni Martinez, ESOL Instructor
  • Zulman Vergara, Receptionist

 

Board of Directors

  • Alicia Portada, Co-Chair | Lower East Side People’s Federal Credit Union (LESPFCU)
  • Charlene Obernauer, Co-Chair | New York Committee for Occupational Safety and Health (NYCOSH)
  • Prerana Reddy, Vice-Chair | A Blade of Grass
  • Danny Rojas, Treasurer | All-Star Code
  • Julissa Gutierrez | New York State Government 
  • Luis Gomez | Workers United
  • Rosie Eugenio | New York Legal Services