Advisory Board

As of January 1, 2019

Emily Goodman Binick  is a long-time supporter of the Street Vendor Project.  Her passion for vendors and vendors’ rights started in West Philadelphia, where she to college. Emily currently works at American Express, where she is Vice President & Senior Counsel in the General Counsel’s Office.  She provides legal support to the Emerging Payments and Services Group.  In a pro bono legal capacity, Emily provides support for the Street Vendor Power 501(C)(4) entity. Emily lived for 15 years in Hell’s Kitchen, NYC and now lives in Greenwich, CT.
Megha Chopra is passionate about sourcing great food and championing small food businesses. In her current role at the New York City Economic Development Corporation, she is tasked with launching the New Essex Street Market, a historic community hub for affordable, accessible, and authentic food experiences. Previously, Megha was on the food team at Pret a Manger, and FreshDirect, where she worked with local food businesses to launch and develop new products. A lifelong New Yorker, Megha loves being a part of NYC’s vibrant food community and is committed to ensuring that we protect and support our city’s most vulnerable small food businesses – street vendors.
Daniel Gallancy is a life-long New Yorker having grown up in Queens and Manhattan. He has always admired the hard work and dedication he has seen in street vendors. Daniel sees street vending as an essential component of our city’s culture. Daniel spent over ten years in the financial services and technology industries before becoming an entrepreneur. Direct experience with entrepreneurship has magnified Daniel’s admiration for the street vending community: starting a business from scratch is a momentous task! Many street vendors undertake entrepreneurship with minimal resources and in spite of significant adversity. Daniel has tremendous respect for street vendors and wants to see them succeed.roots.
Julie Torres Moskovitz, AIA is an architect and founder of Fete Nature Architecture, PLLC (FNA) based in NYC. She began working with SVP in 2015 to help envision an exemplary commissary for the street vendor community. Her firm FNA is a vital, collaborative architecture firm whose process is founded in research and investigation of new ways to inhabit the urban fabric.  Julie is the author of a green architecture book and the architect of the first certified Passive House project in NYC. She believes that life happens in the streets and reflects the city’s spirit whether through street vendors, block parties, impromptu run-ins, or protest for environmental and social justice
Justin Pollack is a life-long patron of New York City vendors. He is a Managing Director at PineBridge Investment LLC, a global asset manager, where he focuses on private equity investments. Justin holds a B.S. from New York University, Leonard N. Stern School of Business. 
Krishnendu Ray is the Chair of the Department of Nutrition and Food Studies at NYU. He is the author of The Ethnic Restaurateur (2016, Bloomsbury) and The Migrant’s Table: Meals and Memories in Bengali-America Households (2004, Temple University Press). He co-edited Curried Cultures: Globalization, Food and South Asia (2012, University of California Press). He is currently the President of the Association for the Study of Food and Society which is an international consortium of academic Food Studies programs. He thinks street vending is crucial to immigrant livelihoods and the liveliness of cities.

Maggie Russell-Ciardi has over 18 years of experience in NYC non-profit organizations, with a focus on community building, critical pedagogy, and grassroots system change organizing. Maggie's last position was the Manager of Institutional Giving at SVP. From 2007-2013, she served as the Executive Director of Tenants & Neighbors, a grassroots membership organization that helps tenants organize to protect their homes and communities from the pressures of gentrification. Maggie practices and teaches ashtanga yoga, makes plant-based medicines, writes about wellness on her blog ( and takes care of her baby son.


Fa-Tai Shieh has been very interested in food issues around New York City since moving to the Big Apple.  He currently works for city government as the Director of Citywide Procurement.  Among his various responsibilities, he provides food for inmates on Riker’s Island, source food for the City’s emergency food programs, and feed dogs and horses of NYPD.  Fa-Tai also teaches part-time in the Food Studies program at the New School.  He is also an experienced farmer and is currently the President of the board  at Added-Value, a non-profit that manages a 3-acre urban farm in Red Hook, Brooklyn. Fa-Tai is an immigrant from Taiwan and while growing up worked in his father’s seafood restaurant in Washington D.C. 

Sabeena Trilokekar
is a product manager at E*TRADE Financial, and is based in New York City. She has had a lifelong interest in street food and believes that the fundamental experience of sharing a meal and discovering delicious new flavors is transformative. Additionally, in an interconnected world where intense changes are taking place, it is more important than ever to showcase diversity’s role in creating rich intellectual and emotional experiences. Sabeena is thrilled to be working with SVP, and helping immigrant entrepreneurs succeed.