Samantha Cohen joined The Bronx Defenders in August of 2016, bringing with her nearly two decades of non-profit leadership and fundraising experience. Before joining The Bronx Defenders, Samantha served as the Director of Development at the New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU) where she managed fundraising, development operations and initiated the quiet phase of an $80 million comprehensive campaign. Prior to her tenure at the NYCLU, she served as the Associate Director of Leadership Gifts at the American Civil Liberties Union National Office and as a Principal Consultant for Blackbaud, Inc. where she delivered comprehensive fundraising consulting to national and international non-profit organizations.
With a life-long passion for the performing arts, Samantha has secured annual donations and major gifts for the Kentucky Opera, the National Ballet School of Canada, and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. Raised in Canada, Samantha holds a B.A. (Hons) from McMaster University and a Certificate in Income Management from the Cultural Centre at the University of Waterloo.
Prior to joining The Bronx Defenders, Ms. Hussain was an associate at the law firm of Ewenstein & Roth LLP, where she counseled nonprofit organizations on a broad range of corporate and tax law matters. She began her legal career as an associate in the corporate and litigation departments of the law firm Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP.
Ms. Hussain is an honors graduate of Wellesley College and Rutgers University School of Law-Newark and has a LLM in taxation from New York University School of Law. She has served on the boards of several local and national nonprofit organizations. Ms. Hussain has also been an active member of the nonprofit law committees of several local and national bar associations.
AnnaKim serves as the Director of Communications for The Bronx Defenders, bringing eight years of experience in communications and creative work spanning the non-profit, journalism and legal sectors. Previously, she served as the Director of Communications and Marketing at Callisto, a nonprofit that develops technology to combat sexual assault, and as Senior Communications Officer at the International Rescue Committee. Her experience also includes work with Amnesty International, the New York Times and Richards Kibbe and Orbe, a boutique law firm. Anna received her M.A. in Journalism and International Relations at New York University and B.A. from the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill.
Molly graduated from Princeton University in 2014 with a major in Classics and a minor in Creative Writing. As an undergraduate, she served as a leader and trainer for Outdoor Action, a wilderness program that facilitates an inclusive and positive transition to college for incoming freshmen. After graduation, she participated in the Project 55 Fellowship, which prepares recent graduates for careers in the public interest, by working in development at an education-focused nonprofit in Washington, DC.
Annie received her J.D. from Cardozo Law School. She originally joined The Bronx Defenders as a Staff Attorney in the Civil Action Practice. She then went on to work as the Assistant Director of the Center for Public Service Law at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law before returning to The Bronx Defenders in the role of Pro Bono Attorney. During her time at Cardozo, Annie interned at the Civil Law Reform Unit of The Legal Aid Society and the New York City Council. She also worked on post-conviction cases as a member of the Innocence Project clinic, where she went on to be a Teaching Assistant and Fellow. Prior to law school, Annie received her B.A in Sociology, with a specialization in law, criminology, and social deviance, from the University of Michigan, where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa with University Honors. While at Michigan, Annie conducted classes at a men’s medium security prison and ran a support group for women serving life sentences at a women’s maximum security prison.
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.
Allegra recently received her BA in Women & Gender Studies from Hunter College, with a concentration in Sexualities. While at school, she was awarded honors for her Senior Thesis which explored the relationship between the LGBTQ non-profit industrial complex and grassroots movements for queer and trans liberation. She has worked as a counselor on The Trevor Project’s National Lifeline for LGBTQ Youth as well as interned at CLAGS: The Center for LGBTQ Studies. She has also done extensive volunteer work, including community security for The Audre Lorde Project.