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 Members

Our Board of Directors is made of women of all ages and strong feminist men who come from very diverse individual and professional backgrounds. 


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


A.J. Lederman

Cynthia McKnight

Betsy Scheinbart-Norton

Claire Reed

Eija Ayravainen

Gloria Steinem

Harold Holzer

Jerry Goldfeder

Joan Nixon

Joanne Davila

Jonathan Greenberg

 N. Jerin Arifa

Judy Lerner

Kylie Reiffert

Maya C. Popa

Liz Cooper