Officers

Officers_Rachel LavineRachel Lavine, Chair, 66th AD

Rachel is a NYS Democratic Committeewoman for downtown Manhattan and co-founder and Chair of the NYS Democratic Committee’s Progressive Caucus. She has previously served as Co-Chair of the Board of NY’s Gay & Lesbian Community Center, on the Board of the national Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund, and as past President of one of NY’s leading progressive Democratic clubs, Gay & Lesbian Independent Democrats. Rachel is an attorney and used to work as Director of Legislative Affairs and Policy at Safe Horizon, New York City’s largest victim services agency.  She has also worked in both city and state government, at the NYC Department of Health and for NYS Assemblymember Deborah Glick.

Officers_SumnerElisa Sumner, Vice Chair, 105th AD

Elisa is Chair of the Duchess County Democratic Committee and Vice Chair of the NYS Democratic Committee's Progressive Caucus.

Officers_Nicole DolinerNicole Doliner, Secretary, 96th AD

Nicole is Fiscal Analyst for Rockland County Legislature overseeing a $700 million budget.   When Chair of the Clarkstown Democratic committee Nicole led many successful elections. Currently,an executive board member of the Rockland County United Way, Nicole works to bring change and justice for her local community.  She is  a life long democrat, community activist, wife ,mother of two and dedicated to making an impact to her community.  While raising her children, Nicole was leading the fight against over development as a fierce opponent of the Palisades Shopping Mall.
After graduating college Nicole went off to serve her country as a United States Peace Corps Volunteer.   She lived in Kenya for two years both teaching and developing clean water projects.  Upon returning to the states Nicole joined NYC government rising to the role of Budget Director for the NYC Parks and Recreation.

Officers_Dan CohenDaniel Cohen, Treasurer, 69th A.D.

Daniel Marks Cohen joined the nonprofit Housing Partnership Development Corporation (HPDC) in April 2014 as Vice President, Director of Real Estate Development. He oversees a pipeline of existing and prospective real estate business including negotiating with private developers, directing development activities, and leading affordable housing consulting efforts. Prior to joining HPDC Mr. Cohen founded Burlingham Capital Partners, an investment firm dedicated to principal investments in affordable and market rate housing as well as real estate consulting.  Previously Dan worked as a Mortgage Officer at the Community Preservation Corporation (CPC), which offers construction and permanent financing for both the preservation of existing affordable housing. Prior to CPC Dan worked at ING Clarion Partners in real estate private equity investing in real estate throughout North America after working for the New York City Economic Development Corporation advising on the allocation of $1 billion in Liberty Bond financing for the redevelopment of New York as part of the 9/11 recovery.  Dan began his real estate career at The Hudson Companies, a local housing developer. Dan received his Master of Business Administration in Finance and Management from the NYU Leonard N. Stern School of Business; and he is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, where he graduated Summa Cum Laude. Dan participated in Leadership New York in 2004-2005 and he is a past Chairman of the Coro Alumni Association Board as well as a former board member of the Coro New York Board.  Born and raised on the Upper West Side where he lives with his wife and son today, Dan is a three-time New York Marathon finisher. Dan has been active in reform Democratic politics for more than 2 decades and was elected New York State Democratic Committeeman in 2010 and re-elected in 2012.  

Officers_ExOfficio Jo Anne SimonJo Anne Simon, NYS Assemblymember, 52nd AD Ex-Officio

Jo Anne Simon is the Assembly member for the 52nd District of the New York State Assembly.  The district includes portions of Brooklyn HeightsDowntown BrooklynCobble HillCarroll GardensGowanusPark SlopeBoerum Hill and DUMBO in Brooklyn.  Simon was sworn into office on January 1, 2015. On the Assembly, she serves as the Chair of the Subcommittee on Tuition Assistance Programs. Simon established a disability civil rights law firm in Downtown Brooklyn, and would also serve as an adjunct Assistant Professor of Law at Fordham. A resident of Brooklyn for nearly forty years, Simon formerly served as the President of the Boerum Hill Association before being elected to the Assembly. In 2004, she was elected female District Leader and State Committeewoman for the 52nd Assembly District.