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.
Esther received both her B.A., with a double major in English and Philosophy, and a Journalism Certificate from Wheaton College (IL). Her experience includes writing for print and online publications, such as Inheritance, Kodon, and MsLexia. On campus, she helped found Wheaton’s chapter of the Young Democratic Socialists of America and revamped its Democrats’ club. She previously interned for Rahm Emanuel for the Press Office. Now, Esther is an active participant in grassroots organizing and civil disobedience–she volunteers for AF3IRM (Association of Filipinas, Feminists Fighting Imperialism, Refeudalization, and Marginalization), and is involved in various Asian-American leftist organizations.
AnnaKim is the Director of Communications for The Bronx Defenders and has led strategic communications and creative design for numerous nonprofit organizations. Previously, she served as the Director of Communications and Marketing at Callisto and as Senior Health Communications and Advocacy Officer at The International Rescue Committee. Her experience also includes work with Amnesty International, The New York Times, and Richards Kibbe and Orbe LLP, a boutique law firm. Anna received her M.A. in Journalism and International Relations at New York University and her B.A. from the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill.
Angelica Lara was born and raised in Mexico DF, and migrated to New York to become a part of the Bronx/Queens community. She is a Theater Director, Producer, Dramaturg and teaches children history, political science and sociology through art. She comes to the Bronx Defenders with great personal and academic experience of the needs and wants of the Bronx Community.
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.
SheenaPaul studied History and Social Welfare at UC Berkeley, where she also supported the recruitment and retention of low-income students of color. With roots in low-income immigrant neighborhoods in Los Angeles, she is a proud UCLA Law Fellow and is the product of programs and community leaders that empower foster youth and system-impacted youth. Prior to working at The Bronx Defenders, she advocated for and served marginalized communities as an organizer, grant-writer, and program coordinator. She is dedicated to building community power and racial justice through engaging and empowering the most vulnerable communities.
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.
Prior to joining The Bronx Defenders, Tysha spent over 20 years as a Management Consultant in her own consulting business, primarily serving nonprofit organizations, grass roots community groups, colleges/universities and other educational institutions. Her clients included Heritage Health and Housing, Inc., Planned Parenthood of Nassau County, National Urban League, Maurice A. Deane Hofstra University School of Law and Worlddidac, Inc., Bern, Switzerland. As a Management Consultant, Tysha was engaged in various aspects of development including fundraising, board development, strategic planning, event planning and individual, corporate and prospect outreach. She provided management consulting services to organizational boards, executive leadership and development staff.
Prior to her consulting work, Tysha worked at New York Cares as Senior Director of Corporate Relations and Director of Corporate Volunteer Programs where she raised over $10 million. She was part of the initial management team for New York Cares. Tysha created the Corporate Volunteer Program at New York Cares and served as the first Director.
Tysha served as a Board Member for the Children’s Art Carnival and Westbury Friends School, where she chaired the Board’s Fundraising and Marketing Committee. She’s taught courses in fundraising at the Foundation Center in New York City. Tysha is a graduate of Boston University with honors. Tysha’s volunteer initiatives include her Theater for Life Development Program. Born out of efforts to engage young women of TAP Teens (Teenagers Against Pregnancy) of Planned Parenthood to express themselves in varied art forms and community service – using theater as a catalyst for positive change.
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.