Team

PAI’s team of researchers, trainers, and technologists is based in Buffalo, New York City, Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh.

Staff

Gin Armstrong

Gin Armstrong

Executive Director

Gin Armstrong is the Executive Director at LittleSis. In this role, Gin keeps the organization humming and supports our research and tech teams as they work to expose corporate influence, support on-the-ground organizing, and build critical tools for our movements. Her work for LittleSis has been widely covered in national outlets including The Washington Post, The Guardian, Politico, and CNBC.

Gin has held research roles at Worth Rises, Media Matters for America, and GMU’s Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, now the Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter School for Peace and Conflict Resolution. She has a BA in Philosophy from Roanoke College and an MS in Conflict Analysis from George Mason University. She is based in Buffalo, NY.

Yusra Bitar

Yusra Bitar

Senior Research Analyst

Yusra is a Senior Researcher Analyst at LittleSis where she contributes to power research analysis within the global climate, energy, and environmental justice movements. Prior to LittleSis, she was a researcher in policy institutes, “development” projects, and political campaigns in her home city, Beirut. She has an BA in Political Studies from the American University of Beirut and MS in Environmental Policy & Sustainability Management from the New School. She is currently based in New York City.
Robert Galbraith

Robert Galbraith

Senior Research Analyst

Robert Galbraith is a Senior Research Analyst and leads our state power mapping program, where he provides research and strategic support in partnership with base-building organizations challenging corporate power across the United States. Rob has been with LittleSis since 2012 and has previously focused on energy, finance, and real estate in New York State and Buffalo. Rob lives in Buffalo and received a BA in philosophy and psychology from SUNY Fredonia.

Munira Lokhandwala

Munira Lokhandwala

Tech and Training Director

As the Director of Tech and Training, Munira coordinates key projects and initiatives related to LittleSis technology and our program to train aspiring power researchers. She also leads LittleSis’ participation in Crescendo – a project with Action Center on Race and the Economy and MPower Change – to map the corporate power structure that profits from and is complicit in Islamophobia.

Previously, she spent 9 years in Oakland doing labor organizing, working as a cook, and teaching undergraduate students about experimental film. She received her BA in Religious Studies from Bryn Mawr College, an MA in Cultural Studies from Goldsmiths, University of London, and an MA in Rhetoric from UC Berkeley. She is based in Philadelphia.

Michael “Ziggy” Mintz

Michael “Ziggy” Mintz

Senior Developer

Ziggy Mintz is the Senior Developer at LittleSis, keeping the site running and building new data sets and features. 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.

Derek Seidman

Derek Seidman

Research Director

Derek Seidman is the Research Director at LittleSis. He works closely with the wonderful LittleSis research team to help shepherd and strategize around the organization’s research and partnerships. Prior to becoming Research Director, Seidman oversaw LittleSis’s research on the fossil fuel industry. His work has been covered by the GuardianHouston Chronicle, The Intercept, and other news outlets. He has a PhD in history from Brown University and has taught history at Brown, Trinity College, D’Youville College, and Rutgers University.

Aly Shaw

Aly Shaw

Research Analyst

Aly is a Research Analyst working on the state power mapping program at LittleSis. Based in Pittsburgh, she previously spent 8 years as an environmental justice organizer at Pittsburgh UNITED and labor organizer at UFCW Local 1776. Over the years she has led campaigns to prevent the privatization of Pittsburgh’s water system, to make drinking water safer and more affordable, and organized grocery store workers to win higher wages and safer working conditions during the COVID 19 pandemic. She received her BA in Political Science from the University of Pittsburgh and her Master’s in Public Administration from Carnegie Mellon University.

Board

Brittany Alston

Brittany Alston

Board Member

Brittany is the Research Director with the Action Center on Race and the Economy (ACRE). At ACRE, she has supported the public services and environmental justice pillars. She believes in using research to build power in poor communities and communities of color. Before joining ACRE, Brittany worked as a policy analyst at DC Fiscal Policy Institute and a union researcher with UNITE HERE and HPAE. Her prior research advocated for pro unionization policies and unionized workplaces, as vehicles to fight for dignity and raise the standard of living for workers in low-income communities. Brittany holds a B.A. in urban policy and planning from Rutgers University and a Master’s degree in city planning from University of Pennsylvania’s School of Design.

Anthony Armstrong

Anthony Armstrong

Board Member

Anthony Armstrong (he/him) is a racial equity and organizational development consultant. He provides training, facilitation, coaching, assessment, planning, and technical assistance for organizational change and equitable development.

He is often called on to advise during start-up, transition, and transformation phases of organizations and collaborative efforts committed to improving their mission performance by living into their shared values and increasing their relevance within systemically disinvested communities.

His clients cut across sectors from non-profit and philanthropic to academic, governmental, and corporate, ranging in size from kitchen table organizations to multi-billion dollar organizations employing thousands.

Anthony holds a BA in Media Study from SUNY Buffalo and an MS in Urban Affairs from Hunter College.

Zac Chapman

Zac Chapman

Board Member

Born & raised in New Jersey, Zac holds a background in food systems organizing & resource mobilization strategy. He currently serves as the Resource Mobilization Director at the New Economy Coalition, where his work centers around how to build out more transparent, sustainable, and cooperative ways to mobilize resources to the solidarity economy movement. His key area of interest centers at the intersection of philanthropy and social movements. The ‘new gilded age’ of wealth hoarding demands experiments on how social movements work within, without, and against philanthropy. His work is driven by helping these experiments (e.g. democratically-controlled funds, participatory budgeting campaigns, or abolitionist “non-reformist reform” policies) to thrive and scale.

Prior to joining the New Economy Coalition, he worked for Food to Power, where he facilitated the transformation of a food rescue project into a community wealth building organization. More recently, he worked with Food Rescue Alliance to mobilize resources for (and help co-design) a platform cooperative for grassroots food rescue and mutual aid projects. He also loves tending to his garlic brood and cooking big meals for lots of people.

Ellen David Friedman

Ellen David Friedman

Board Member

Ellen David Friedman has been a labor organizer for nearly 50 years, with long and extended engagement in progressive electoral organizing starting with Bernie Sanders in the mid-70s, and continuing through the founding of the Vermont Progressive Party, which remains the most established left third party in the US. She worked for the United Electrical Workers (UE), the American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), and – for 20 years – the Vermont-National Education Association (VT-NEA).

In 2005, Ellen and her husband took early retirement and began a decade of working in China, where she became involved at virtually every level of labor movement work including the establishment of an Internation Labor Research Center at Sun-yat Sen University in Guangzhou.

Since 2015 she has volunteered to strengthen the “rank & file” pole of the labor movement through serving as an organizer, trainer, consultant, and Board Chair for Labor Notes, the 40-year-old media and education project that anchors participatory democratic values as the primary path to rebalancing power between workers and bosses.

Maya Ragsdale

Maya Ragsdale

Board Member

Maya Ragsdale is an organizer and community lawyer in Miami, Florida. She is the executive director of Beyond the Bars, a base-building organization that builds the power of people with loved ones in jail in Miami to address issues that impact them. Her work at Beyond the Bars grew out of her work as a member of and staff attorney at Dream Defenders, an organization that builds the power of Black and brown youth across Florida. In her role at Dream Defenders, she provided legal, policy, and strategic support to abolitionist organizers on campaigns to divest from policing and incarceration and also built a legal support system for people who were incarcerated in Miami jails.

Maya has also supported bail funds throughout Florida, built legal defense networks to respond to the George Floyd uprisings, and engaged in various other community and movement initiatives. For her work, she has been supported by fellowships with organizations including Law for Black Lives and Justice Catalyst. She is a former public defender and legal aid attorney and graduated from Harvard Law School in 2018