Melody brings extensive experience in community organizing, electoral campaigns, issue campaigns, and coalition building to the Table. At the Table, she oversees the collaboration with partners and development of a coordinated program as well as engages new partners, manages staff, and manages the provision of resources and technical assistance to partner organizations. She has a deep understanding of the tools needed to win campaigns and move issues forward. Melody joined the Table after most recently working with the NYC Department of Education in their Office of Intergovernmental Affairs and before that she managed several successful electoral campaigns for progressive candidates in New York. Melody began organizing at the Working Families Party where she worked on numerous issue campaigns and managed electoral campaigns in NYC and Westchester. She was also fortunate to spend time living in the California bay area where she organized communities and coordinated coalitions to build support for affordable housing while at the Non-Profit Housing Association of Northern California. She is happy to be back home working on social justice in New York.
Training & Leadership Development Director
Peter brings a deep background in field strategy, canvassing, community organizing, organizational leadership development, civic engagement capacity building, and campaign management to the Table. He is working with partner organizations to build and expand new leadership development programs and smart field strategy. For the past 3 years he was an experienced operative for Red Horse Strategies, a top consulting firm in NY where he managed an extensive portfolio of electoral, independent expenditure and issue advocacy campaigns; maintaining client relationships, meeting contractual agreements, planning and implementing campaign strategy, supervising local campaign staff and executing field operations. Previously he has been a key staff leader at the Working Families Party, during a period of increased political influence and expansion for the organization. He has coordinated WFP canvass campaigns in New York and across the country, including New Jersey, Connecticut, Florida, Pennsylvania, and Oregon. In addition, he has handled fundraising canvassing and recruiting and marketing for DialogueDirect, a leading fundraising agency serving many nonprofit organizations.
Sonya has been putting her data expertise to use supporting grassroots organizing for over 7 years. As the Director of the Civic Engagement Table’s Data Team, Sonya assists partners in improving their work at every stage including strategic planning, implementation, efficacy and evaluation. After years of volunteering for LGBT rights with Taskforce, she left the corporate world where she worked as an art market analyst to join the table. She is a recent Brooklyn convert, when she is not obsessing about equity gaps, demographics or redistricting, Sonya is biking, skateboarding, climbing or playing tennis.
Tajpaul provides VAN support and data management to partners. He graduated for John Jay College of Criminal Justice with a BA in Political Science and History. Before joining the table, Tajpaul worked with local elected officials in Brooklyn and Queens on social, youth and environmental issues. He also worked on several electoral campaigns, providing data support and coordinating events. Tajpaul lives in Ozone Park, Queens, where he spends his evenings attending events and meeting new people.