Staff & Directors


Liz Abzug
Founder/Executive Director

As a national public affairs and strategic consultant, professor, lawyer and candidate for New York City elective office, Ms. Abzug has been a professional involved in many fields including politics, economic and urban development and human rights.

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Ebony Wilkinson
Program Coordinator 

Ebony is a proud graduate of the Bella Abzug Leadership Institute’s 2012 Summer Program. Fueled by her passion, she returned as a summer 2013 intern, and as a member of the administrative staff in 2014.
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Meghan Maloney
Program Development

Meghan joined the BALI community as a college trainee. Prior to serving on staff, Meghan interned for BALI Founder/CEO, Liz Abzug, and remained an active member of the BALI Alumnae Association.
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Erik Fogel
(Curricula Collaborator/ NYCUDL)

Erik is the director of the New York City Urban Debate League. He is a teacher and debate coach at the Bronx School for Law and Justice.
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Oriela Baliaj
Senior Program Associate

Oriela joined BALI’s team as a Program Associate in April 2016. She received her BA in Political Science from Lehman College and recently graduated with a Master’s Degree in Public Administration.
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BALI Board of Directors



Liz J. Abzug Founder/Executive Directorl   Erica Forman Board-Chair  l   Meg Holzer Secretary  l   Maggi Peyton Treasurer


Erica Forman, Chair

Cynthia McKnight, Treasurer

Meg Holzer, Secretary

Betsy Scheinbart-Norton

Claire Reed

Eija Ayravainen

Gloria Steinem

Harold Holzer

Jerry Goldfeder

Joanne Davila

Jonathan Greenberg

A.J. Lederman

Judy Lerner

Kylie Reiffert

Maya C. Popa

Liz Cooper

Kai Gilchrist