Staff

 

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 Bensonhurst with his wife.

 

 

Hussey Barrie joined the SVP team in 2019 as an office intern, through a partnership with the Manhattan Night and Day High School. She immigrated to the US from Conakry, Guinea, and is fluent in French and Fulani. She will begin college in Spring 2020 studying nursing.

 

 

 

 

Crystal Stella Becerril is SVP's Lead Organizer. She is a first generation Xicana writer, creative, and community and labor organizer committed to building working class power from the bottom up by centering and uplifting the voices and work of marginalized communities. Born and raised on the south side of Chicago to immigrant parents, she now lives and works in New York City.

 

 

 

 

 

Kervens Jean joined the SVP team as an intern in fall 2018, through a partnership with the Manhattan Night and Day High School. He immigrated to the US from Port-Salut, Haiti in 2018. He likes to help street vendors and he wants to be a doctor in the future to continue helping people.

 

 

 

 

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 has held positions at NYC Small Business Services, Community Service Society, and Fundación Corona. She holds a Masters in International Affairs and Urban Social Policy from Columbia University. 

 

 

 

Leticia Ochoa is SVP's Queens Organizer. She is the daughter of a street vendor on Roosevelt Avenue widely known as La Chola Cuencana. She grew up organizing alongside vendors on Roosevelt Ave, involved due to her knowledge of the English language and the education she'd received accompanying her mother to court and defending her on the street. She works as a paralegal in labor and employment cases in Queens.

 

 

Andrew Osbourne is a Sociology PhD Candidate at Goldsmiths University, London and previously worked as an art technician and Unite union representative at the Royal College of Art. He is working as a volunteer intern organizer at SVP in order to conduct field research into the multi-ethnic organization of vendors in NY. He is currently living in Inwood, Manhattan.

 

 

 

 

 

Emily Rosenzweig is an organizing apprentice with the WILL Empowerment fellowship of Georgetown University. Before SVP, she spent a year in Santiago, Chile, studying US militarization in Latin America. She graduated with a degree in sociology from Vassar College in 2018.

 

 

 

 
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.