January 25, 2019


NEW YORK: Public Advocate candidate Jumaane Williams announced today the members of his campaign's senior leadership team. The announcement comes after the campaign hired its final round of top officials this week, including national political strategist L. Joy Williams, Planned Parenthood alumni Veronica Aveis, and Brooklyn political operative Vaughn Mayers.

"I'm thrilled to have such a strong team of experts by my side as we enter into one of the most critical parts of this race," said Jumaane. "Their expertise will be essential as we continue to build out our grassroots campaign with offices in each borough, filled with organizers and advocates who are dedicated to ensuring that New York becomes a progressive beacon in this nation."

"Jumaane's people-powered campaign is being led by the best in the industry, and I'm proud to be a part of this inspiring team," said Campaign Chair Rodneyse BichotteAssembly Member of the 42nd District. "From field and finance, to communications and strategic planning, our campaign's deep bench of professionals are ensuring that our movement reaches the masses, and will help lead us to victory on February 26th."


Trip Yang, Campaign Manager

  • Trip joins Jumaane's team as Campaign Manager and has worked primarily with progressive candidates of color in a half-dozen states. Most recently, Trip served as Senior Advisor to Tish James' historic election, supervising over 25 staff members in a successful campaign for Attorney General. In 2017, Trip helped lead Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez to become the first Latino DA in NYS in a landslide win. In 2013, Trip managed the successful re-election of Margaret Chin - the first Asian-American woman elected to the City Council. Trip's experience also includes serving as field organizer for Obama for America in Iowa and as statewide organizing director for Hillary 2016.

Cristina González, Deputy Campaign Manager 

  • Cristina joined Team Jumaane as Deputy Campaign Manager in November after working with Make the Road Action this fall to flip some key Congressional and State Senate seats blue. This summer she worked as the Press Secretary, and later Political Director for Zephyr Teachout in her run for Attorney General. González is the Founder of She Fights, an organization that offers free boxing classes to young girls from low income backgrounds, and her hobbies include cooking and dismantling systems of oppression. 


Alex Voetsch, Chief Strategist 

  • Alex is a Partner at Millennial Strategies, a campaign management and government relations firm based in New York, where he focuses on implementing electoral and issue advocacy campaigns for many of New York's leading progressive candidate and organizations. He has served as a consultant for Jumaane's past city council and Lieutenant Governor campaigns.

L. Joy Williams, Senior Advisor

  • L. Joy is a national political strategist, media thought leader, public speaker, and social justice advocate. She is founder and principal of LJW Community strategies, President of Brooklyn NAACP and founding chairman of Higher Heights for America. She most recently served as senior advisor for Cynthia Nixon's campaign for Governor and is the host and producer of the civic education show #SundayCivics which airs Sunday mornings on SiriusXM Urban View.


William Gerlich, Communications Director

  • William is a media strategist with proven success in government, public relations and journalism. He is currently the Communications Director for Jumaane's Public Advocate campaign, and has worked with Jumaane in a number of capacities in recent years. He recently led media strategy for Jumaane's insurgent campaign for Lieutenant Governor, and has served as Communications Director and LGBT Community Liaison for Jumaane's City Council office in years past. Most recently, William served as a Senior Associate for Marathon Strategies, a public affairs firm based in Manhattan and Washington, DC where he led press strategies for the firm's diverse clientele.

Veronica Aveis, Political Director

  • Veronica is former Political Director of Planned Parenthood of New York City Action Fund, Chief of Staff to Senator Roxanne Persaud and Women's Caucus Chair for NYS Young Democrats. She previously served as Treasurer for Friends of Jo Anne Simon, President of Brooklyn Young Democrats, and was 2016 Community Service Award winner from the Independent Neighborhood Democrats (IND).

Vaughn Mayers, Senior Advisor for Constituency Outreach 

  • Vaughn most recently served as Chief of Staff to New York State Senator Kevin Parker, and prior as Senior External Relations Associate at the Senate Democratic Conference under the leadership of now, Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins. Most notably, Vaughn was instrumental as Senior Advisor on the successful campaign to elect Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez, and earlier as Campaign Manager of the Special Election that led to the election of Assemblywoman Diana Richardson to the State Legislature.

Declan Hahn, Finance Director

  • Declan is a senior associate for Tucker Green Consulting and the Finance Director for Team Jumaane. He joins the team after managing the fundraising operation of a record breaking, multi-million dollar congressional campaign on Long Island. 

Jumaane's campaign has hired a growing number of deputies, field staff and campaign experts, including Jerry Goldfeder, General Counsel; Laurence Laufer, Co-Counsel; Arthur Schwartz, Co-Counsel; Joan Bakiriddin, Jumaane 4 NYC Treasurer; Margarette Tropnas, Deputy Fundraising Director; and  Hollis Evey, Director of Scheduling and Operations. Jumaane 4 NYC will continue to expand in the weeks ahead by opening additional campaign offices and hiring field organizers across the five boroughs. 

Their support is backed by a growing base of volunteers, as well as more than 15 city and state elected officials who have endorsed Jumaane's grassroots campaign, alongside many of the city's most respected unions, progressive organizations and grassroots groups. A full list of Jumaane's endorsements is available here