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.



Tirtho Dutta is our Center for Neighborhood Leadership Fellow.  Born and raised in Bangladesh, Tirtho served as an AmeriCorps VISTA fellow at Chhaya CDC, a South Asian organization based in Queens. Tirtho was active during the 2016 Presidential Campaign and volunteered for Senator Bernie Sanders. Other than English, Tirtho also speaks Bangla, Hindi, and conversational Urdu. He loves to cook and is always trying new food from various ethnic backgrounds in NYC.

Vicky Mao
was born and raised in Hefei, China. Her passion for law and social justice guided her through New York Law School after she got her M.A degree from New York University.  As an immigrant herself, Vicky is committed to help immigrant vendors with all kinds of needs.  She lives in Queens with her cat DiDi.
Angela Ni
is an Equal Justice Works fellow, sponsored by Greenberg Traurig. Her project focuses on providing transactional legal assistance to street entrepreneurs. She graduated from Barnard College and the University of Michigan Law School, where she worked extensively with low-income and immigrant populations in the Human Trafficking Clinic and Low-Income Taxpayer Clinics. Angela, whose father is a long-time SVP member, began volunteering at SVP at the age of 13. She speaks English, Mandarin, and Japanese.
 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.