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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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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Gabriela Valette
Program Coordinator

Gabriela received her BA in Public Communication at SUNY College at Buffalo State and she is currently pursuing her masters in Urban Policy and Leadership at Hunter College. 
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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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Gisselle Rodriguez Benitez
Social Media Intern

Gisselle is BALI's Social Media Intern. She was a trainee during the 2016 Summer Leadership and Debate Training Program and an intern for the same program in 2017.
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BALI Board of Directors

Erica Forman, Chair

Cynthia McKnight, Treasurer

Meg Holzer, Secretary

Gloria Steinem

Harold Holzer

Jerry Goldfeder

Joanne Davila

Jonathan Greenberg

A.J. Lederman

Eija Ayravainen

Judy Lerner

Kylie Reiffert

Liz Cooper

Betsy Scheinbart-Norton

Kai Gilchrist 

Deena Baikowitz

Melissa Noonan-Mazzei