Staff & Leadership Board

Leadership Board 2018-2019 (elected May 2018)











(Left to Right)  
Heleodora Vivar, Sophia Laskaris, Hulya Sevendik, Paulicarpo Cortez, Eliana Jaramillo, Bogdan Zhukovskyi, Lei Bai, Jicheng Wang, Ghada Qasem, Xiao Juan Yu, Mahmoud Mousa, Olga Germania, Kelebohile Nkhreanye




Mohamed Attia, SVP's Director, immigrated to the US from Alexandria, Egypt in 2008. He worked as a vendor for nearly ten years selling hot dogs, halal chicken and rice, and smoothies. He became a member of the Street Vendor Project in 2012, was elected to the Leadership Board, and served on the board until 2018, when he joined SVP's staff. He lives in Astoria with his wife, who he met when he sold her a hot dog on the streets of Times Square.



Matthew Shapiro, our Legal Director, grew up in Miami, where as a boy he was once ticketed by the police for selling mangoes by the side of the road without a license. He joined SVP on a fellowship in 2009, after graduating from Cardozo School of Law and the University of Florida. Matt recently spent a year in SE Asia on a street food sabbatical with his wife, Shari.


Carina Kaufman-Gutierrez is SVP's Deputy Director. She is a Colombian-American who brings experience in nonprofit management, policy development, restaurants, and community organizing within immigrant communities to the team. She holds a Masters in International Affairs and Urban Social Policy from Columbia University.