Our Team

Meet the people who advise the Mayor on public safety strategy.

We work with New Yorkers, law enforcement, the courts, other City agencies, non-profits and foundations to ensure that each part of our public safety system works well and works together so that every New Yorker is safe and treated fairly.

Leadership

Elizabeth Glazer

Director of the Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice

Elizabeth Glazer is the Director of the Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice. In that role, she serves as the senior criminal justice policy advisor to the Mayor and First Deputy Mayor. Ms. Glazer oversees citywide criminal justice policy and develops and implements strategies across city agencies and partners to enhance public safety, reduce unnecessary incarceration, and increase fairness. Previously, Ms. Glazer served as the Secretary for Public Safety to NYS Governor Cuomo, where she was responsible for the oversight and management of eight state agencies, including Corrections, Parole, State Police and National Guard. Ms. Glazer has also held a variety of leadership positions at the local, state and federal levels, including the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York where she pioneered the use of the racketeering laws to address the violent gang problem. Ms. Glazer received her B.A. from Harvard University and her J.D. from Columbia Law School. She clerked for then-US Circuit Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

Senior Staff

Amy Sananman

Senior Strategy Advisor

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Amy Sananman

Amy Sananman is the Senior Strategy Advisor at the Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice. She previously served as the Executive Director of the Mayor’s Action Plan for Neighborhood Safety and-prior to joining MOCJ-was the founding Executive Director of Groundswell, NYC’s leading nonprofit for using public art as a tool for social change. During her tenure, Groundswell engaged tens of thousands of teens and hundreds of community groups to transform physical spaces across the five boroughs. Prior to Groundswell, Ms. Sananman’s experience includes tenant organizing and affordable housing development. Ms. Sananman holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Columbia University and a Master of Public Policy from the University of California at Berkeley.

Brenda Velazquez

Executive Director of Research Operations

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Brenda Velazquez

Brenda Velazquez is the Executive Director of Research Operations. Prior to joining the Mayor’s Office, she was at the Bronx District Attorney’s Office, in the position of Director of the Planning and Analysis Unit. In this role, Dr. Velazquez served as an advisor to the D.A. and the Executive Staff on grant programs and NYC initiatives, as well as on research methods and data analytics. She strategized with various law enforcement, government agencies, service providers, and research organizations around criminal justice issues, and related task forces and coalitions. Prior to her work in the Bronx, Dr. Velazquez worked as a Senior Research Associate at the Vera Institute of Justice, where she was a principal investigator and project manager for qualitative and quantitative studies that examined the juvenile justice system and racial disparities in prosecutorial decision-making. Dr. Velazquez received a Bachelor of Arts degree from New York University, and Masters and Doctorate degrees in Social Ecology and Criminology respectively, from the University of California, Irvine.

Colby Hamilton

Chief of Public Affairs

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Colby Hamilton

Colby spent nearly a decade covering politics and the legal system for a number of well-respected news outlets in the city. During the past two years he primarily focused on the federal courts in Manhattan for the New York Law Journal, while also producing features on the state court administration and the criminal justice system in Queens. Prior to this he covered the state justice system for POLITICO New York. He got his start in journalism covering local politics for WNYC, which he continued as the city hall reporter for the now-defunct DNAinfo. He is a proud alumni of the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY. Like the Mayor, he is a die-hard Red Sox fan and long-time Brooklyn resident.

Colin Reilly

Executive Director for Information Technology and Justice

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Colin Reilly

Colin Reilly is the Executive Director of Information Technology. Prior to joining the Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice, he was the Senior Director of Geographic Information Systems at the New York City Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications. In this role, he supervised staff, managed technology projects, spearheaded enterprise data management efforts and advised on geospatial technology matters. Mr. Reilly holds a Master’s Degree in Geography from Hunter College and a Bachelor’s of Landscape Architecture from the University of Arizona.

Dana Kaplan

Deputy Director of Close Rikers and Justice Initiatives

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Dana Kaplan

Dana Kaplan is the Deputy Director of the Close Rikers and Justice Initiatives. Previously, Ms. Kaplan was the Executive Director of the Juvenile Justice Project of Louisiana, a New Orleans based non-profit legal and advocacy organization. Ms. Kaplan has also been a Soros Justice Fellow at the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR), was the State-wide Organizer for the New York Campaign for Telephone Justice, and worked for the Brooklyn-based Prison Moratorium Project. Ms. Kaplan holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of California at Berkeley and a Master’s from the CUNY Graduate Center with a certificate in American Studies.

Eric Cumberbatch

Executive Director of the Office to Prevent Gun Violence

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Eric Cumberbatch

Eric Cumberbatch is the Executive Director of the Office to Prevent Gun Violence. Born and raised in New York City, Mr. Cumberbatch began his career as a teacher with the New York City Department of Education and has also held several positions at the New York City Housing Authority. Mr. Cumberbatch holds a Master’s Degree in Education from NW Missouri State University and a Bachelor of Science from Delaware State University.

Erin Pilnyak

Deputy Director of Crime Strategies

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Erin Pilnyak

Erin Pilnyak is the Deputy Director of Crime Strategies.  Prior to becoming the Deputy Director of Crime Strategies, Erin served as the Executive Director of Justice Operations at MOCJ, where she primarily focused on reducing delays in the resolution of felony cases along with other public safety initiatives.  Erin joined MOCJ after working for nine and half years as an Assistant District Attorney at the New York County District Attorney’s Office (DANY). She was in the DANY Trial Division for approximately seven years, prosecuting sex crimes, violent felony crimes, human trafficking crimes, and assisting with homicide investigations. For the last two years, she was part of DANY’s Crime Strategies Unit, devising strategies to reduce crime in Manhattan. Erin holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from University of California, Berkeley and a JD from Cornell Law School.

Karen Shaer

First Deputy Director

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Karen Shaer

Ms. Shaer began her legal career at Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz, worked as a criminal defense attorney at the law firm Lankler Siffert & Wohl, and then served eight years as a federal prosecutor in the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York where she held the position of Deputy Chief of the Criminal Division and sat on the US Attorney’s Executive Committee, the management and policy making body of the office. She focused on cases involving public corruption, narcotics, financial fraud and violent crimes, including gun trafficking and gang violence. Following her service as a federal prosecutor, Ms. Shaer became the Executive and General Counsel of two companies, advising CEOs and Boards, overseeing legal departments, anchoring compliance and fraud prevention teams (with a focus on privacy and data protection issues), managing a Diversity and Inclusion Program, and running numerous multi-million dollar victim remediation programs, many of which she procured through an active business development role. As the Managing Director of one of these companies, Garden City Group, she launched a multi-million dollar business division specializing in corporate reorganizations. Ms. Shaer received her B.A. from Yale and her J.D. from Columbia.

Marcos Gonzalez Soler

Chief of Staff

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Marcos Gonzalez Soler

Marcos Gonzalez Soler is the Chief of Staff. Prior to his current position, Mr. Soler was the deputy executive director for policy and strategic initiatives at the Civilian Complaint Review Board, where he worked closely with the board in conceptualizing and implementing major initiatives at the CCRB. Mr. Soler is also a senior advisor to the federal monitor of the Puerto Rico Police Department and an adjunct faculty member of both the political science and public management departments at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Mr. Soler holds a Master of Public Policy and a Ph.D. in politics from The New School University, in addition to graduate and law degrees earned in Europe.

Osvaldo Cruz

Chief Financial Officer

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Osvaldo Cruz

Osvaldo Cruz is the Chief Financial Officer. His career in public service began at the New York City Mayor’s Office of Management & Budget where he spent almost a decade. Starting as an Analyst he rose through the ranks to hold the position of Assistant Director of the Administration of Justice Taskforce. In that capacity he was responsible for the development and administration of the New York City Criminal Justice System’s Operating and Capital Budgets including the New York City Police and Correction Departments and the Court Facilities Capital Construction Plan. Following his service at OMB he joined the MTA’s Long Island Rail Road. There he was responsible for the administration of the agency’s operating and revenue budgets, managed the agency’s fare policy implementation process, and directed the agency’s corporate performance management program, international benchmarking efforts, and Information Technology strategic planning.  Mr. Cruz holds a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice from John Jay College.

Susan Sommer

General Counsel

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Susan Sommer

Susan Sommer is the General Counsel. After working as the Director of Constitutional Litigation at Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund, a national civil rights organization advocating for those who are LGBT and living with HIV.  At Lambda Legal, she led its efforts to achieve marriage equality and parenting rights for LGBT New Yorkers and was Lambda Legal’s lead counsel in Obergefell v. Hodges, winning the right to marry for same-sex couples nationwide. Ms. Sommer supervised attorneys and staff and worked on the full range of the organization’s litigation, public policy, and advocacy issues, including supervision of the Youth in Out-of-Home Care Project and the Transgender Rights Project. Ms. Sommer also litigated cases involving the criminal justice system and the civil rights of LGBT police officers. Prior to joining Lambda Legal, she was a partner at Lankler Siffert & Wohl, a New York criminal defense and civil litigation firm, and earlier worked as an associate at Davis Polk & Wardwell. Ms. Sommer clerked for Federal District Court Judge William Schwarzer (N.D. Cal.), and received a B.A. from Yale College and a J.D. from Yale Law School.

Tina Chiu

Deputy Director for Performance Management

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Tina Chiu

Tina Chiu is the Deputy Director for Performance Management. Prior to joining the Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice, she was the deputy director for performance management in the New York City Mayor’s Office of Operations, where she oversaw the production of the City Charter-mandated Mayor’s Management Report and launched the City’s HOME-STAT street homelessness initiative. Ms. Chiu worked for fourteen years at the Vera Institute of Justice, serving as the director of technical assistance and building a portfolio of cost-benefit analysis projects. Ms. Chiu received a B.A. in Liberal Arts from St. John’s College in Annapolis, MD; an M.A. in the Conceptual Foundations of Science from the University of Chicago; and an M.S. in Urban Planning from Columbia University.

Staff

Abraham Nelson

Program Associate

Adeline Affonso-Wagner

Senior Contract Analyst

Aditi Sen

Special Advisor, Policy and Research

Alacia Lauer

Communications Manager

Alan Le

Senior Fiscal Analyst

Alexa Herzog

Senior Program Associate, Diversion Initiatives

Alexa Mincey

Community Coordinator, Office to Prevent Gun Violence

Allie Meizlish

Senior Counsel, Crime & Justice Policy

Amber Thompson

Community Coordinator, Office to Prevent Gun Violence

Andrew Edelman

Senior Research Associate

Andrew Powell

Senior Research Manager

Anna Calabrese

Director of Culture Change and Re-entry

Barbara Mikrut

Deputy Director of Courts Capital Projects

Cana Osborne

Program Coordinator, Office to Prevent Gun Violence

Carolina Chavez

Senior Counsel

Catherine (Hsiao-Hsiang) Wan

Deputy Executive Director – OSE

Chatodd Floyd

Intergovernmental Affairs Director

Chelsea Davis

Director of Health Initiatives

Chi Wai Cheung

Auditor

Christian Klossner

Executive Director – OSE

Christiana Zafiriadis

Art Director

Christa Alexander

Urban Fellow

Debbie Grumet

Deputy Chief Financial Officer

Diane Leonard

Executive Assistant- OSE

Dorothy Le Suchkova

Program Manager of Place Based Strategies, Mayor’s Action Plan for Neighborhood Safety

Elisabeth Zelenak

Agency Chief Contracting Officer

Eric Garvin

Program Coordinator, Office to Prevent Gun Violence

Gar Jin Hung

Fiscal Analyst

Gerry Foley

Assistant Director Program Management

Gloria Vidal

Senior Research Associate

Hailey Nolasco

Community Coordinator, Office to Prevent Gun Violence

Hannah Warntjes

Program Associate, Legal

Ifeoma Ebo

Director of Strategic Design Initiatives

Ilana Turko

Senior Counsel

India Sneed

Deputy Executive Director for the Mayor's Action Plan

Isadora Spillman-Schappell

Program Associate for the Youth and Young Adult Strategies

Jenny Lee

Senior Fiscal Analyst

Jeremy Cherson

Director of Operations, Mayor's Action Plan for Neighborhood Safety

Jessica McWilliams

Operations Manager

Jessica Mofield

Deputy Executive Director, Office to Prevent Gun Violence

Jordan Stockdale

Deputy Executive Director, Close Rikers and Raise the Age

Jorge Camacho

Senior Associate Counsel

Josy Hahn

Research Director, Fairness

Karina Christiansen

Senior Research Manager

Kwan-Lamar Blount-Hill

Senior Research Manager

Leah Adelson

Policy Associate, Crime Strategies and Justice Operations

Maria Seravalli

Program Manager, Youth and Employment Initiatives, Mayor's Action Plan for Neighborhood Safety

Martina Colaizzi

Deputy Agency Chief Contracting Officer

Miriam Popper

Executive Director of Diversion Initiatives

Molly Slothower

Senior Research Manager

Nandi Dozier-Lewis

Program Manager, Prevention

Navena Chaitoo

Research Manager, BHTF

Nicole Torres

Deputy Executive Director, Close Rikers

Nicole Zayas

Senior Program Manager, Diversion

Renita Francois

Executive Director, Mayor’s Action Plan for Neighborhood Safety

Rodney Carvajal

Director of Engagement & Partnerships, Mayor's Action Plan on Neighborhood Safety

Sandra Sukhu

Executive Assistant

Sarah Cassel

Program Manager, Justice Initiatives

Sarah Fuentes

Director, Project Management

Sasha Sesser-Ginzberg

Program Manager, Close Rikers

Scott Mathews-Novelli

Special Assistant Corporation Counsel

Shannon Hakh

Program Manager, Diversion Initiatives

Shekera Algarin

Senior Counsel

Tamara Greenfield

Deputy Executive Director, MAP & Building Healthy Communities

Tara Singh

Director of Programs, MAP

Tara Tran Nguyen

Fiscal Director

Tasha Lloyd

Executive Director, Justice Operations

Tommy Garcia

Data Manager

Tresa Joseph

Special Assistant