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.
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.