Gin Armstrong, deputy director, joined PAI in 2013. Prior to moving to Buffalo, Gin spent several years in the bike industry to recover from her research roles at Media Matters for America and GMU’s Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution. She is a board member of GObike Buffalo, a bicycle infrastructure advocacy organization.
Aaron Miguel Cantú has been a research analyst for PAI since 2015. He has worked as an English teacher and as a freelance investigative journalist, writing for Al Jazeera America, The Nation, Truthout, VICE News, Gothamist, AlterNet, Earth Island Journal, and many other publications. He was raised in the southern borderlands but is now based in Brooklyn, New York.
Kevin Connor is PAI’s director. He leads PAI’s research efforts and investigations from his home base of Buffalo, NY. Before co-founding LittleSis.org and PAI, Kevin worked as a researcher at SEIU 1199. He is a graduate of Harvard University.
Robert Galbraith, senior research analyst, joined PAI in 2011. Robert Galbraith grew up near Buffalo, New York, earning a bachelor’s degree in philosophy and psychology from SUNY Fredonia in 2008 and attending SUNY Buffalo Law School. Galbraith is also a co-founder and board member of Farmer Pirates Cooperative, a collective of Buffalo urban farms and gardens that shares land, equipment, and resources.
Molly Gott joined PAI in 2015. Before coming to PAI, she was an organizer with Missourians Organizing for Reform and Empowerment (MORE), a grassroots economic and climate justice organization in St. Louis, Missouri. She was also a founding member of the St. Louis Legal Collective. She graduated from Washington University in St. Louis with a degree in Urban Studies and Anthropology.
Michael “Ziggy” Mintz, PAI’s web developer, joined the team in 2016. He is a self-taught computer programmer and was previously a university lecturer in GIS. In New York City, he works with grassroots housing rights organizations and uses technology to promote housing justice. He graduated from University College London with a Master’s degree in urban planning.
Matthew Skomarovsky is co-founder and technical consultant to PAI. Matthew currently oversees the technical development of LittleSis.org. Before co-founding PAI and LittleSis.org, he managed the creative development and online operations of Billionaires for Bush, a media-savvy national street theater campaign, and developed web applications for the Freelancers Union, a cutting-edge advocacy group and cooperative for independent workers.
Aaron Bartley is a co-founder of People United for Sustainable Housing, Inc. (PUSH), a community action organization working to address issues of poverty and declining neighborhood conditions on Buffalo’s West Side. As a student at Harvard Law School, Aaron was granted the university’s inaugural Gary Bellow Award for Public Service for his role in initiating the Harvard Living Wage Campaign, which resulted in $10 million annual wage and benefit gains for 2000 low-income workers at the university. Following law school graduation, Aaron continued to organize low-income workers in Boston with the Service Employees International Union. Through his campaign work, he has appeared in many major media outlets including the New York Times, CNN, NPR and the Wall Street Journal.
Faisal Chaudhry is a student at Harvard University working on a JD-PhD degree in history and law, with a specific interest in legal and economic change and the relationship between legal and other sources of social norms in the Indian subcontinent between the late 18th and late 19th century. Chaudhry is also interested in practice areas relating to civil legal services and labor rights issues.
Maple Razsa, a recipient of Truman, IREX, Fulbright and Krupp Fellowships, is Assistant Professor of International Studies at Colby College. In the late 1990s he investigated high-profile police brutality cases for the Civilian Complaint Review Board of the City of New York, where he was trained by the retired Director of the New York office of the FBI. Over the past eight years he has produced and directed four documentary films, shot in Mozambique, Croatia, Slovenia and the United States. His scholarship focuses on social movements, human rights, and cinema studies. He has been collaborating with and researching civil society organizations and social movements in the former Yugoslavia since 1990.
Roona Ray, MD MPH AAHIVS, is a primary care and HIV physician at a community health center in New York City. She has experience working on social and economic justice, public health, and human rights issues, internationally and domestically. She attended Harvard University, Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, and the University of Massachusetts.