Onleilove Alston, M.Div., MSW,
Onleilove Alston was born and raised in East New York, Brooklyn. After receiving her bachelor’s degree in Human Development and African-American studies from Penn State University, she completed a year of service with AmeriCorps Public Allies New York. In 2011, she received her Master of Divinity and Master of Social Work degrees from Union Theological Seminary and Columbia University School of Social Work, respectively. She is also an Alumni of The Women’s Campaign School at Yale. For more than 10 years, Onleilove has worked for various nonprofit organizations such as Sojourners, NY Faith & Justice, FPWA and United Workers. She is a contributing writer for Sojourners magazine, The Black Commentator, Huffington Post, NPR’s Onbeing blog, as well in publications. For her writing and activism work, Onleilove has received the Bennett Fellowship for Social Justice from Auburn Seminary, the National Association of Social Workers-NYC Scholarship for Social Justice, United Food and Commercial Workers International Union Minority Coalition Young Adult Award, and the 2011 Evangelical Press Association’s Student Writer of the Year First Place Award. She serves on the Board of Directors for Sojourners and on the Advisory Boards for the Micah Institute at New York Theological Seminary, the Women’s Organizing Network and NYACK College’s School of Social Work. In June 2015, Onleilove was also appointed to the Mayor’s Clergy Advisory Council under New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio. In 2014, she launched Prophetic Whirlwind: Uncovering the Black Biblical Destiny, an organization dedicated to educating people of faith on The Black Presence in the Bible.
Economic Dignity & Manhattan Organizer
Maya comes to Faith in New York with experience over the past 10 years in electoral, issue, community, and faith organizing. Maya began organizing at schools in her hometown of Detroit and as a debate coach at urban schools in Chicago agitating for more resources for students of color and fighting the school-to-prison pipeline. In 2012, she managed organizers and volunteers in 5 counties in South Florida for Obama, and in 2014 she ran a 30-person communities of color team in Minnesota for Senator Al Franken’s 2014 re-election campaign. In between US election cycles, she helped launch a national organizing firm in her homeland of India in 2013 and 2014 to fight oppressive gender norms and gendered violence in communities, policing, and the political system, culminating in a massive get-out-the-vote campaign for women-friendly politicians in India’s 2014 General Elections. She has also supported farm workers organizing in Argentina and California, student organizing in Paris, and health justice organizing in Cambodia. Maya received her Bachelor of Arts in International Studies + Political Science and premedical studies from Northwestern University.
Immigrant Justice Organizer
Francy was born in Bogota, Colombia, and immigrated to the United States after she graduated from high school for safety and economic reasons. Her educational background includes a Bachelor of Arts in International Criminal Justice from John Jay College, and paralegal and criminology degrees from Bronx Community College. Francy has been deeply involved in social justice in countries such as the Dominican Republic, Haiti and Colombia. Today, she focused on organizing the faith community New York City in the immigration field which is her passion and life.
Climate Justice & Bronx Organizer
Analisa earned her Bachelor of Arts in Cultural Studies at Sarah Lawrence College and Lehman College. She studied sociology and anthropology at Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú where after she returned to the United States committed to developing grassroots leadership in Latino communities. Analisa has worked as a Community Organizer for the Tuolumne River Trust, an East Coast Coordinator of Latino Outdoors, and a Project Coordinator of Voces Verdes.
You can follow her on Twitter @FINYAnalisa.
Immigrant Justice Organizer
Greg organizes with the campaign for immigrant justice efforts as well as offering white faith leader anti-racism organizing support. He is from New Mexico and Maryland. Greg taught in NYCDOE middle school bilingual programs for 7 years. His focus shifted to organizing after a school program serving low-income, immigrant families was closed without considering parent feedback. Greg has grown in faith as a member of Nazarene Congregational UCC, collaborating with neighbors in organizing an ecumenical intentional Christian community in Brooklyn, and then first worked with Faith in New York on anti-gentrification efforts.
You can follow him Twitter @FINYGregory.
Director of Organizing
While living in Worcester, Massachusetts, Andrew came to community organizing by volunteering with an organization called Ex-prisoners and Prisoners Organizing for Community Advancement (EPOCA). Andrew volunteered with EPOCA for 5 years, helping to grow their organizing efforts around reducing barriers for formerly incarcerated returning citizens to access employment and housing. After this experience, Andrew worked for 4 years with the PICO affiliate in Orange County where he focused on issues related to immigrant communities and developing the civic engagement capacity of the organization. Andrew moved to New York in 2014 to be closer to his family in the Poughkeepsie area of New York State. He is grateful to be part of the growing and powerful family at Faith in New York.
Marguerite was born in San Francisco and raised in New York with a short stint in Mississippi. Marguerite graduated from Adelphi University with a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology and has used her writing skills as a freelance writer in various capacities for artists, educators, and other professionals over the past ten years. She’s proud to count women of color as her primary clientele including doctoral students and graduates and an Academy award winning filmmaker. Marguerite comes to Faith in New York after working on grants for artists and as a grant writer for the Learning Disabilities Association of NYC (LDA-NYC). As a fundraising consultant with Faith in New York, Marguerite writes grants and assists with development in support of FINY’s larger goal of engaging faith communities in transformative change for our neighborhoods.
CNL Organizing Fellow
Devante is a native and resident of Brooklyn, NY. He has been organizing since November of 2014 focusing his organizing around police brutality, mass incarceration, education and rezoning. He is heavily passionate about the attacking the issues that tends to plague the black youth in inner cities and bringing attention to them. He is the co-founder of a grassroots organization called Afrikans Helping Afrikans which provides security and know your rights training.
Program Associate & Internship Coordinator
Crystal is a native of East New York, Brooklyn and former NYCDOE U.S. History teacher of 5 years. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in History from Binghamton University and a Master of Arts in Social Studies Education from Hunter College. She has been involved in the work of education and advocacy for over 10 years. Crystal is committed to work around youth empowerment, college and career initiatives, socio-economic inequality in Black and Latinx communities, and immigration reform with the National Latino Evangelical Coalition (NaLEC). In addition, Crystal uses her love for music and poetry to create opportunities to intersect social justice advocacy with the creative arts.
Our Board of Directors
Bishop James I. Clark Jr., Christ Temple Church of the Apostolic Faith
Msgr. Fernando Ferrarese, Immaculate Conception R.C. Church
Darnel Lyles, Christ Church International
Alma Reyes, St. Leo Catholic Church
Sharon Hayes, Christ Temple Church of the Apostolic Faith
Mavis Hall, First Baptist Church of East Elmhurst
Board of Directors
Fr. Darrell DaCosta, Our Lady of Fatima
Rev. Dr. Arthur Davenport, First Church of God Far Rockaway
Kercena Dozier, First Corinthian Baptist Church & NYC Department of Homeless Services (DHS)
Pastor Brian Ellis-Gibbs, Queens Baptist Church & FPWA
Rabbi Robyn Fryer-Bodzin, Israel Center for Conservative Judaism
Susan Kane, Reform Temple of Forest Hills
Sister Joan Klimski, St. Christopher’s Catholic Church
Min. Yvonne Rankine, World Harvest Deliverance Center
Elaine Short, Mount Carmel Baptist Church
Rev. Marie Tatro, Episcopal Diocese of Long Island & The Messengers of Justice Project
Manuel Umana, St. Mary Star of the Sea & St. Gertrude