Team

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

Staff

Gin Armstrong

Gin Armstrong

Deputy Director

Gin Armstrong is PAI’s deputy director, overseeing operations and also supporting research and training efforts. 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

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 research on the oil and gas industry and on regional power networks in Buffalo and New York State more broadly. Rob grew up near Buffalo, earning a bachelor’s degree in philosophy and psychology from SUNY Fredonia in 2008 and attending SUNY Buffalo Law School. He 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

Molly Gott

Director of Strategic Initiatives

Molly Gott is Director of Strategic Initiatives, managing the PAI/LittleSis power research training program and developing outside partnerships. 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. She is based in Philadelphia.

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

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.

Aaron Bartley

Board Chair

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

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

Board Member

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

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.

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