Our Staff & Board


Ava Farkas

Executive Director


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A native of the Bronx, Ava has been a community organizer for over a decade. She worked as the lead organizer on the Northwest Bronx Community and Clergy Coalition’s fight for living wage jobs and community-driven development at the Kingsbridge Armory which blocked Mayor Bloomberg’s plan to turn it into a shopping mall. Ava went on to run the Living Wage NYC campaign with the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union, which won passage of the Fair Wages for New Yorkers Act, securing a living wage of $13.13 for employees at city-subsidized developments. Prior to joining Met Council on Housing, Ava served as Chief of Staff to Council Member Antonio Reynoso of Williamsburg and Bushwick Brooklyn, co-chair of the City Council Progressive Caucus.

Andrea Shapiro


Program Manager and Member Organizer


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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.  Andrea is also on the board of Rene Cassin US. 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.

Johanna Monge

Tenant Organizer


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Johanna is a native New Yorker who came into Met Council after graduating from Clark University with an honors degree in Political Science and Urban Development. While at Clark University she sat on the President’s Diversity Advisory Council, as well as was a Community Organizing Intern for Worcester Common Ground CDC. She was previously a leader field coordinator and site supervisor for the MAPSCorps Mapping Project, working with Mount Sinai Adolescent Health Center, Two Bridges Neighborhood Council, and Cypress Hills Local Development Corporation. Johanna is a first generation Peruvian- American who grew up in Queens. 

Board Members

Ericka Stallings


Ericka Stallings works at Association for Neighborhood and Housing Development.

Jennifer Flynn


Jennifer Flynn is the Director of Mobilization and Advocacy at the Center for Popular Democracy, focusing on issues related to federal healthcare and tax policy. She is the former director of both VOCAL-NY and Health GAP.

Edline Jacquet

Edline Jacquet has worked in the housing, policy and advocacy fields for her entire career. This year, as part of her role as the Senior Policy Analyst at the Supportive Housing Network of NY, Edline was part of a large collective statewide effort through the Campaign 4 NY/NY Housing that won a historic commitment for the nation’s largest expansion of supportive housing. These City and State commitments will create 35,000 new units of supportive housing for homeless individuals and families with disabilities and other vulnerable populations throughout New York State.

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).

Jackie Del Valle

Jackie Del Valle is a lifelong tenant organizer who founded CASA (Community Action for Safe Apartments) at New Settlement and went on to work as Director of Organizing at Housing Conservation Coordinators. She is currently the Stabilizing NYC & Development Coordinator at the Urban Justice Center