Our Staff & Board


Darius Khalil Gordon

Executive Director



Darius Khalil Gordon is the former Director of Organizing for Churches United for Fair Housing, Deputy Director of Constituency Organizing for the Bernie Sanders 2020 campaign and former National Field Organizer for the Center for Popular Democracy. Darius has brought his energy and years of experience as a lead organizer for Citizen Action of New York, and National Organizer for the Gathering for Justice to the table. Darius first came to New York to serve as African American and Youth director for a State Assembly campaign. When the campaign ended, he began work with the Working Families Canvassing and Fundraising team where he expanded his knowledge and practical skills for electoral and social justice work. In early 2014, Darius started as a community organizer for Citizen Action of New York, working on and winning campaigns such as Fight for $15, paid sick leave, and paid family leave. He has also has victories in the criminal justice field being a member of the Justice League NYC, where they helped get Raise the Age legislation passed in New York state, making now illegal to house 16 and 17 year olds in adult jail and prison facilities. He is a Washington D.C native.

Anna Baker-Heans

Tenant Organizer



Growing up in the Bay Area, California, an area with one of the highest rates of homelessness in the US, Anna has always been passionate about housing justice for all. In 2018, Anna moved to New York City to attend The New School where she studied community organizing and public policy with a focus in housing policy. In her time in New York, she has been proud to organize with groups including New York City DSA,  Bluestockings, and Broome Street Tenants Alliance. Anna has been involved in the fight for Good Cause Eviction as well as smaller fights for housing justice on college campuses in New York City. Anna is committed to the fight for dignified and quality homes for all. She currently lives in Astoria, and in her spare time enjoys biking, dancing, reading, and cooking.

Andrea Shapiro


Director of Programs and Advocacy



Andrea is a lifelong Brooklynite, who is passionate about building strong and stable communities. She came to the Met Council after being the Volunteer Manager at Hunger Free America. Andrea has previously worked as a field organizer and lobby day coordinator for a political consulting firm. She has also worked closely with the domestic workers rights movement both nationally and locally as part of Jews for Racial and Economic Justice (JFREJ), where she is on the board. Andrea has a Masters in Social Work specializing in Community Organizing from Silberman School of Social Work.  She has also been a Grace Paley Organizing Fellow and Rene Cassin Human Rights Fellow.  Before returning to school, Andrea worked in the development department at the Metropolitan Opera. When not organizing, she has a passion for art and cooking.

Board Members

Dennis Osorio


Anderson Fils-Aime

Jenny Laurie


Kenny Schaeffer


Kenny Schaeffer is a housing attorney with The Legal Aid Society and a long-time advocate of home rule (repealing the Rockefeller era Urstadt Law).