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New Economy Project Staff

Sarah Ludwig

Sarah Ludwig is founder and co-director of New Economy Project (formerly known as NEDAP). Since launching the organization in 1995, she has worked with hundreds of grassroots groups to organize and advocate for neighborhood equity and financial justice, and has spoken frequently at community forums and public hearings on a wide range of economic justice matters. In 2000, Sarah co-founded the coalition, New Yorkers for Responsible Lending, which has secured major state-level policy changes and now includes more than 160 organizational members. 

Sarah received the 2000 Rockefeller Foundation's Next Generation Leadership fellowship; the 2002 Union Square Award; the Ford Foundation's 2004 Leadership for a Changing World award; New York Lawyers for the Public Interest's 2008 Felix A. Fishman Award; and Chhaya CDC's 2011 Architect of Change award. She served on the Federal Reserve Board's Consumer Advisory Council from 2006-2008. She serves on the boards of directors of the Center for Responsible Lending and Consumer Federation of America, and recently ended six years of service as co-chair of the North Star Fund Community Funding Committee and on North Star's board of directors. Sarah received degrees in law and urban planning from NYU, and since 2003 has taught a course on community equity in NYU's urban planning program.


Josh Zinner

Josh Zinner has been a leading advocate for more than a decade on issues related to abusive and discriminatory lending.  He joined New Economy Project’s staff as Co-Director in December 2007.  He has trained numerous attorneys, community advocates, and policy-makers around New York City and State, and is a frequent speaker at conferences and forums.  He previously served as long-time Director of the Foreclosure Prevention Project at South Brooklyn Legal Services (SBLS).  While at SBLS, Zinner litigated numerous cases in federal and state court, and was at the forefront of policy and advocacy work around abusive lending practices. 

Before founding the Foreclosure Prevention Project, Zinner worked at Legal Services for the Elderly, where he litigated housing and consumer law cases.  Prior to law school, Zinner worked for five years as a social worker, primarily with the homeless.  In 2001, Zinner was awarded the Denison Ray Award by the New York State Bar Association, given to a New York State attorney who demonstrates “extraordinary commitment to providing zealous and skilled representation to low income and disadvantaged clients.” 


Deyanira Del Río

Deyanira Del Río, New Economy Project's co-director, joined New Economy Project in 2000.  She leads the NYC Immigrant Financial Justice Network, a coalition that promotes immigrants' economic rights and financial inclusion, and she recently designed and launched the NYC DREAMer Loan Fund.  Dey has testified at legislative hearings, trained community groups and financial institutions throughout the country, and led campaigns to eliminate discriminatory barriers that immigrants face in the financial services system. 

Dey serves as board chair of the Lower East Side People's Federal Credit Union, board vice-chair of the National Federation of Community Development Credit Unions, and a board member of New Immigrant Community Empowerment.   She is a Closing the Racial Wealth Gap Thought Leader with the Insight Center for Community Economic Development, and a past fellow with the Revson Fellows Program on the Future of the City of New York and the Coro Immigrant Civic Leadership Program.  In 2009, she received the Mujeres Destacadas (Outstanding Women) award from El Diario/La Prensa.


Claudia Wilner

Claudia Wilner, Senior Staff Attorney, joined New Economy Project's staff in September 2005. She directs the NYC Financial Justice Hotline.  Claudia previously worked as a Skadden Fellow at the Mental Health Project of the Urban Justice Center and as a law clerk for Judge Stephen Reinhardt of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.  She graduated from New York University School of Law in 2002.

Alexis Iwanisziw                   


Alexis Iwanisziw, New Economy Project's Research and Policy Analyst, joined the staff in 2008. She leads New Economy Project’s research initiatives and is co-author of several reports, including the "Paying More for the American Dream" series of national fair lending reports.  Alexis also staffs New Economy Project’s NYC Foreclosure Prevention Gap Loan Program, and coordinates the Insurance Working Group of New Yorkers for Responsible Lending. Alexis completed a master’s degree in Community Organization and Planning at Hunter College Silberman School of Social Work in 2008 and previously worked in the Research and Statistics Group at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.  


Susan Shin

Susan Shin joined New Economy Project's staff in October 2008 and is a Senior Staff Attorney. Susan previously worked as a Skadden Fellow and Staff Attorney at The Legal Aid Society in New York City.  She graduated from New York University School of Law in 2006.


Joby Thoyalil

Joby Thoyalil, New Economy Project's Campaigns Coordinator, joined the staff in 2010. Joby coordinates two major coalitions, New Yorkers for Responsible Lending and the NYC Coalition to Stop Credit Checks in Employment. He also represents New Economy Project in other coalitions and campaigns, and contributes to the organization's media advocacy and web-based communications. Joby earned his Master's in Public Administration from NYU's Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, where he specialized in public policy analysis. He spent four years working as an administrator at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts Office of Special Programs and previously worked at New Economy Project as a summer intern in 2003, and as a staff member in 2004 and 2005.


Monica M. Garcia

Monica M. Garcia began working with New Economy Project in 2012 as the Community Education Coordinator.  She spent the previous 8 years working on community development issues in a variety of contexts, including food security, education, healthcare and anti-racist youth leadership. She was inspired to pursue community development work as the result of her time as a Peace Corps volunteer in the central African nation of Chad. Monica received her master's degree in Community Organization and Planning at Hunter College School of Social Work.



Ben Hagen

Ben Hagen, New Economy Project's Research and Communications Associate, began working with the organization in 2011. He graduated from the University of Central Florida in 2010 and recently earned a master's degree in Urban Planning from New York University's Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, concentrating on Housing and Economic Development policy. Ben works on various projects at New Economy Project, including mapping, research, and video editing.

Luis Daniel Caridad

Luis Daniel Caridad, New Economy Project's Development & Communications Coordinator, joined the organization in February 2014. He is coordinating the organization’s fundraising, media, and publication activities. He returns to New Economy Project after a two-year hiatus, before which he was the organization’s Community Education Coordinator. Luis Daniel’s past experience include working at ACCION USA, a non-profit microfinance organization, first as a Loan Consultant and later as the manager of a lending team.


Liz Fusco

Liz Fusco joined New Economy Project in 2013 as an Equal Justice Works legal fellow, sponsored by the Ottinger Family Foundation and an anonymous donor. Her project aims to build strong connections between community groups and federal and state regulators to ensure that voices and concerns of low income communities of color in New York are reflected in government enforcement and implementation of consumer protection laws. She graduated from CUNY School of Law in May 2013 and Tufts University in 2009. She previously worked at New Economy Project as a law intern in 2011 and as a part-time staff member in 2012.


Lauren Wilfong

Lauren Wilfong is New Economy Project's Office Manager and Program Assistant. She handles office administration and provides assistance on a variety of projects and campaigns. Lauren first joined New Economy Project in 2013 as a Community Outreach and Advocacy intern. She graduated summa cum laude from NYU in 2014 with a BA in Political Culture, Education and Organization and returned to New Economy Project in fall 2014 as a full-time staff member.