Shannon (He, Him), grew up in the South Bronx and witnessed the many effects of poverty and how it can disrupt communities and families. These experiences helped to create a passion for social justice in Shannon that has fueled a lifetime of work to “change the world.” Shannon’s organizing career began in the fall of 2000. His first position was as an Organizer Trainee with Community Voices Heard in New York City. During his time there, he worked on the Welfare Reform Campaign, which looked to improve access to real jobs and higher education. Over the years, Shannon has worked on numerous campaigns with different organizations. Shannon is passionate about making a better world for the disenfranchised and is very happy to continue that work with the Bronx Defenders team.
Director of Organizing and Community Engagementcontact
Carmen Pineiro was born and raised in the Bronx. She has been organizing communities for over 17 years particularly focused in the Bronx and East Harlem. She is fluent in Spanish and has an Associate’s Degree in Paralegal Studies from Bronx Community College as well as a Bachelor’s Degree in Government from John Jay College graduating Cum Laude. Her work has been focused on grassroots organizing and building power for low income people of color in addition to grassroots fundraising as a tool to build community power. Carmen previously worked at Community Voices Heard where she was the Sustainable Communities Organizer, Public Housing Organizer, Participatory Budgeting Organizer and the Individual Giving & Events Coordinator during a 7 year span. Prior to that she organized in her community against Predatory Equity and fought for fair housing. She is extremely passionate about working towards ending all forms of oppression and building grassroots leadership by developing and strengthening communities.