Lisa can be reached at 516-541-1006 ext.11 or

Marriele Robinson, Power Up Communities Lead Organizer
Marriele RobinsonMarriele Robinson grew up in Mechanicville, N.Y. and moved to Long Island to attend Hofstra University. She graduated with honors, receiving her Bachelors in Political Science with a minor in Philosophy.  Marriele’s experience reflects a wide-ranging social consciousness. During high school she headed a children’s after-school program, and studied the implications of parliamentary governance at the American University in Richmond, England. As a college student, she interned at Refugees International in Washington D.C., where she wrote her seminar thesis on how climate change is creating a new era of environmental refugees. After returning from Washington, Marriele studied at the United Nations in New York City and travelled to Europe to study philosophy and Spanish at the Don Quixote language school in Salamanca, Spain. She is a long time animal rights activist, protesting cosmetic testing on animals and volunteering at the East Harlem Animal Shelter. Marriele joined the Long Island Progressive Coalition as a canvasser on Representative Tim Bishop’s re-election campaign and is now the Energy Organizer helping create comfortable and efficient green homes in the town of Babylon.

Marriele can be reached at 516-541-1006 ext. 14 or

John Delaney, LIPC Administrative Director
John DelaneyJohn Delaney comes to the Long Island Progressive Coalition after working for award winning Chicago Public Relations firm Zapwater Communications. At Zapwater, he served with great zeal as Office and Special Projects Manager. Previously, he held various positions at another Long Island nonprofit, the Long Island Library Resources Council. At the LIPC, John serves as the Administrative Director, focusing on the day to day operations of the LIPC. He is a graduate of Stony Brook University with a degree in History.

John can be reached at 516-541-1006 ext. 10 or at

Rashad Mitchell, Power Up Communities Organizer
Screen shot 2012-10-04 at 1.20.59 PMRashad Mitchell is dedicated to improving the quality of life for people in his native home of Long Island.  Originally, Rashad had attended Morgan State University in Baltimore, MD with the intention of leaving with a degree in Business Administration.  As time progressed, however, his passion for business practices became diluted while his desire for community development strengthened.

Rashad began working with the LIPC in 2011 as a canvasser for their redistricting campaign.  After taking on more responsibility with that campaign, Rashad participated in LIUNA’s Local 10 Weatherization training program where he learned about energy efficiency measures and the building science of home performance.  After his training, Rashad began to work with the LIPC’s Energy Efficiency Campaign, PowerUp Communities, where he continues to serve as a Community Organizer.

Rashad can be reached at 516-541-1006 ext. 13 or

Dan Fingas, Organizing Director
Dan Laborer for webDan Fingas joined LIPC after over a decade organizing in Michigan. For the past 3 years Dan worked for the Michigan Laborers District Council where he was tasked with member organizing, contractor marketing, political field operations, community organizing, coalition building, and represented the Laborers at several coalitions including the Michigan AFL CIO, the Michigan Democratic Party, and the State Legislature Campaign Committees.

Dan has also worked as an Organizing Coordinator for SEIU Healthcare Michigan, a Community Organizer for Michigan Organizing Project and served in many roles in political organizing including as a Campaign Manager for State Senate and Field Coordinator for State House. Dan was also proud to serve as Labor Liaison for Michigan’s 7th Congressional District in 2010 and as the Michigan Laborer’s Field Coordinator for Proposal 2 in 2012. Dan is a 2004 graduate of Albion College.

Dan can be reached at 516-541-1006 ext. 17 or

Blanca A. Villanueva, Long Island Community Education Organizer
Blanca A. VillanuevaBlanca A. Villanueva is a Long Island native, growing up in Brentwood, NY. She left beautiful Long Island briefly to attend New York University in Manhattan. While on a pre-med track she became a part of student led organizations, such as C-Roots and LUCHA, which strive to educate and unify the NYU community on social and cultural issues. Blanca graduated with a degree in Psychology and American Sign Language. After traveling in Europe using her multilingual skills, she returned to pursue her Master’s in Public Health at Brooklyn College.

She credits her masters studies in truly enlightening her on the important roles policy, environment, and education play in creating disparities and inequities in a community. She believes a good education is the key to a better future and change. Blanca is also a strong supporter for human rights, specifically speaking out against any form of abuse. Her Masters Paper was on the Risk Factors for Sexual Assault Perpetration in the US Military. Blanca is now the Long Island Community Education Organizer working with Alliance for Quality Education through the Long Island Progressive Coalition.

Blanca can be reached at 516-541-1006 ext. 20 or