Sarah Ludwig, Founder and Co-Director
Sarah launched New Economy Project 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 founded New Yorkers for Responsible Lending, a statewide coalition that has won 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 serves on the boards of directors of the Center for Responsible Lending and Consumer Federation of America, and for six years served as co-chair of North Star Fund’s Community Funding Committee. 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.
Deyanira Del Río, Co-Director
Dey’s work for 20 years has focused on promoting financial justice and economic inclusion in immigrant and low income communities, and advocating for cooperative and community-controlled finance. She has worked with groups in NYC and nationally to combat lending discrimination, strengthen community development financial institutions, and expand fair banking access and reinvestment in communities of color. Dey currently chairs the boards of directors of the LES People’s Federal Credit Union; the National Federation of Community Development Credit Unions; and the NYC Community Land Initiative. She has received the Mujeres Destacadas (Outstanding Women) award from El Diario/La Prensa and the Revson Fellowship on the Future of the City of New York, among other recognition.
Alexis Iwanisziw, Deputy Director
Alexis oversees the organization’s research and shareholder activism. She is co-author of several reports, including the “Paying More for the American Dream” series of national fair lending reports, and coordinates a NYS working group that fights insurance redlining. She coordinates the New Economy Loan Fund, and previously staffed the organization’s Foreclosure Prevention Gap Loan Program. Alexis completed a master’s degree in Community Organization and Planning at Hunter College 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, Legal Director
Susan directs New Economy Project’s legal strategies, including our direct legal services to low income New Yorkers and community groups, and impact litigation that challenges Wall Street corporations and advances economic justice in NYC communities of color. Sue also co-chairs the policy work group of the NYC Community Land Initiative. A recipient of the National Association of Consumer Advocates’ 2012 Consumer Advocate Award, Susan was previously a Skadden Fellow and Staff Attorney with The Legal Aid Society in New York City. She is a 2006 graduate of New York University School of Law, where she was an Arthur Garfield Hays Civil Liberties Fellow.
Andy Morrison, Campaigns Coordinator
Andy coordinates New Economy Project’s coalition organizing and contributes to communications and development campaigns. Andy was previously the campaigns director at New York Public Interest Research Group, where he developed policy, media, research and organizing strategies and trained students to be effective advocates on economic justice and consumer protection, government accountability and higher education affordability. He graduated magna cum laude from Columbia University with a B.A. in Political Science.
Ben Hagen, Research and Communications Associate
Ben coordinates New Economy Project’s community mapping and research projects, as well as video production and website management. He graduated from the University of Central Florida in 2010 and 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.
Eve Weissman, Staff Attorney
Eve provides legal services and support to low-income New Yorkers and community groups and develops strategies to foster grassroots community engagement and advocacy. Eve is also involved in citywide efforts to promote community land trusts and other community-led and neighborhood-based housing and development in NYC. Eve graduated from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law in 2013 and worked as a staff attorney at Staten Island Legal Services before joining New Economy Project. Prior to attending law school, Eve managed a variety of statewide campaigns aimed at improving the lives of low-income and working people with New Jersey Citizen Action.
Lauren Wilfong, Program & Operations Coordinator
Lauren oversees office management and contributes to communications, outreach and education campaigns. Lauren facilitates new economy and financial justice workshops, in English and Spanish, for community groups throughout NYC. She is active in several coalitions, and co-chairs the Education & Outreach work group of the NYC Community Land Initiative. 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.
Juleon contributes to community outreach, research and advocacy. He previously worked with Mount Sinai’s Centers for Occupational Health to conduct outreach to union members and 9/11 first responders. In 2015, Juleon graduated from Amherst College with a B.A. in Anthropology. He worked with New Economy as a spring intern before joining the staff in June 2016.
John Tieu, Administrative Assistant
John ensures that New Economy Project’s office runs smoothly, and provides support on research, GIS mapping and other areas of work. John previously interned at CAAAV: Organizing Asian Communities, contributing to a report about the experiences of low income, Asian American residents in NYC public housing. In 2015, John graduated from Bard College with a degree in Economics. He has also worked with the Museum of Chinese in America on development, and interned with New Economy Project prior to joining the staff in January 2016.