Team

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

Staff

Gin Armstrong

Gin Armstrong

Senior Research Analyst

Gin Armstrong is a senior research analyst focused on regional and state power mapping. Previously, she 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 based in Buffalo, NY.

Kevin Connor

Kevin Connor

Executive Director

Kevin Connor is the executive director and co-founder of PAI and LittleSis. Previously, Kevin worked as a researcher at 1199SEIU, the healthcare workers union, in New York, and as a freelance corporate accountability researcher. He graduated from Harvard University. He is based in Buffalo.

Abner Dennis

Research Analyst

Abner Dennis is a research analyst focused on investigating Wall Street’s role in Puerto Rico. Abner previously worked with grassroots community organizations and collaborated on a squatters project. He graduated from the University of Puerto Rico with a Master’s degree in philosophy. Abner is based in San Juan.

Robert Galbraith

Robert Galbraith

Senior Research Analyst

Robert Galbraith is a senior research analyst focused on corporate power in New York State and Buffalo and on the oil and gas and real estate industries. Rob lives in Buffalo where he is a co-founder and board member of Farmer Pirates Cooperative, a collective of urban farms and gardens that shares land, equipment, and resources. He received a BA in philosophy and psychology from SUNY Fredonia.

Munira Lokhandwala

Community Manager

Munira Lokhandwala is the LittleSis Community Manager, working closely with LittleSis users, training aspiring power researchers, and conducting power research. Previously, she spent 9 years in Oakland, CA 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 and an MA in Rhetoric from UC Berkeley. She is based in Philadelphia.

Michael “Ziggy” Mintz

Michael “Ziggy” Mintz

Software Developer

Ziggy Mintz is the LittleSis software developer, 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 Analyst

Derek Seidman is a research analyst focused on investigating the oil and gas industry. Previously he was a history professor at D’Youville College in Buffalo, New York. He has a PhD in history from Brown University. He is based in Buffalo.

Matthew Skomarovsky

Co-founder and Honorary Technical Advisor

Matthew is co-founder of LittleSis and previously oversaw technical development of the site. 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.

Board

Aaron Bartley

Board Member

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

Board Member

Faisal Chaudhry joined the University of Dayton as part of the faculty in the School of Law and Department of History in August 2018. Prior to his appointment, he was Visiting Assistant Professor of Law at the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law, where he taught courses on property, legal theory, environmental justice, and public lands. Previously Professor Chaudhry held positions as an American Council of Learned Societies New Faculty Fellow and an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Departments of History and South Asia Studies at the University of Pennsylvania, where his teaching focused on the history of South and West Asia, law and empire, the history of capitalism, and the history of legal and economic ideas.

Maple Razsa

Board President

Maple Razsa is an Associate Professor and Director of Global 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

Board Member

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.