Advisory Board

As of August 1, 2016

Alicia Arana is an Associate Attorney in the law firm of Akst & Akst specializing in immigration law. She graduated from Hunter College in 2004 with a B.A. in Political Science, and a minor in Philosophy. She earned her Juris Doctorate degree from New York Law School in 2010. Prior to joining Akst & Akst, Alicia was involved with The Safe Passage Immigration Project, a division of the Justice Action Center at New York Law School, which works with volunteer attorneys and New York Law School students to provide representation of unaccompanied minors in the immigration process. She frequently contributes her time as a pro bono attorney at Citizenship and DACA Clinics, providing free legal assistances to the communities in NJ and NYC.
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, CTning.
Lizzy Fraser began volunteering with SVPt shortly after moving to NYC in 2010. She learned her way through NYC from the eyes of street vendors! Since then she has developed a great respect for NYC vendors and a deep appreciation for her experience at the Street Vendor Project. With a background in International Affairs and in Education, Lizzy has worked for international non-profits and is now working as a NYC Teaching Fellow. She has a passion for women’s’ rights, workers’ rights, and education. She enjoys sharing her experience through planning events and recruiting volunteers.
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.
David DeVaughn is the Senior Manager, Policy & Community Partnerships at City Harvest where he works to reduce the underlying causes of hunger and food insecurity by advocating for programs, policies, and private-sector actions that bring about long-term change and improve community self-sufficiency.  On behalf of City Harvest, David works with Federal, State, and local partners on food security issues to support improved access to affordable food, local agriculture, and community development. As a part of the Street Vendor Project (SVP) Advisory Board, David eats everything spicy in sight and works to identify and support SVPs efforts towards lasting policy change.
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 with a B.S. from New York University, Leonard N. Stern School of Business.his wife, Shari.

Tawfiq Rangwala is a partner in the Litigation Group at Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP, where he specializes in representing individuals and institutions facing government investigations and in various types of commercial litigation.  He is originally from Toronto, Canada, graduating from McGill University with a B.A. and then obtaining his J.D. from Osgoode Hall Law School.  Tawfiq’s passion for all things sold on the street, particularly when covered in delicious white and hot sauces, first drew him to SVPt.  He gained a lot of this appreciation from childhood trips to his ancestral home in India, where street vending is a way of life and often a source of wistful nostalgia (including for Tawfiq’s parents). He’s committed to working with the SVP to help ensure that vendor rights are protected and that they continue to thrive.

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.