our team

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.

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.

Robert Galbraith, research analyst, joined PAI in 2011. Galbraith is a graduate of SUNY Fredonia and is a law student at the University at Buffalo Law School. Rob is also a co-founder and board member of the Farmer Pirates Cooperative, a cooperative of urban farms in Buffalo that shares land, equipment, and resources.

Gin Armstrong, research analyst, joined PAI in 2013. Before joining PAI Gin worked as Chief Operating Officer of City Bikes and as a researcher at Media Matters for America. She is a graduate of George Mason University’s Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution and Roanoke College.

Whitney Yax, research analyst, joined PAI in 2013. She previously worked as a community organizer at PUSH Buffalo. Whitney is a graduate of Barnard College.

 

Board

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 is an MD student at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. She has a background in international and domestic public health, specifically with respect to the health of poor communities. She has conducted research for Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, the Mexican National Institute of Public Health, and Durbar Mahila Samanwaya Committee, a sex workers’ union in India. Her expertise is in infectious disease: she serves as a peer reviewer for the HIV/AIDS section of the American Public Health Association, has contributed to research and writing for the HIV division of Human Rights Watch, and is a board member of Tiyatien Health, an organization delivering HIV treatment to rural communities in Liberia. Ray is a graduate of Harvard College and Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.