Staff

Peter H. Kostmayer

Chief Executive Officer

Peter was a member of the US Congress for seven terms from Bucks County, Pennsylvania, and served in the first Clinton administration as a senior official at the Environmental Protection Agency, overseeing the agency in five middle Atlantic states and the District of Columbia. After leaving government, he became President of Population Connection in Washington, D.C., working on the environmental aspects of population growth and toward universal family planning for all women. Peter is a graduate of Columbia University and lives in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn.

Lori Lichtman

Executive Director

Lori works with our development, programs, and communications teams as well as our dedicated boards and generous individual, corporate, and foundation partners to help support grassroots neighborhood improvement projects. Prior to Citizens Committee, Lori worked in project management in Israel, in advertising and marketing, and in outdoor education. She lives in Fort Greene, Brooklyn,

 

 

Conor Greene

Director of Communications and Public Affairs

Conor Greene is responsible for highlighting the work Citizens Committee makes possible, and builds partnerships with key elected officials, government staff, and grantees. He joined Citizens Committee after a decade in NYC media, government, and nonprofits, most recently overseeing public affairs and government relations for The Doe Fund. During this time, he played a central role in the founding and launch of the first citywide charitable bail organization. Conor started his career in journalism, and has also served as communications director for several City Council members in Brooklyn and Queens.

Arif Ullah

Director of Programs

Arif manages Citizens Committee's programs. He is on the board of Farm School NYC and is involved in his local community garden where he grows food and keeps bees. Prior to Citizens Committee, he worked as an immigrants rights community organizer with American Friends Service Committee. He is a graduate of Hunter College and Duke University, and lives in Jackson Heights, Queens, the borough in which he grew up after migrating from Bangladesh. Arif is committed to various issues of social, racial, and environmental justice.

Katie Grassle

Program Grants Manager 

Katie works with the programs team supporting grassroots community groups through project planning assistance, workshops, and grant management. Katie originally served with Citizens Committee as an NYC Civic Corps member, and is excited to rejoin the team after leaving to complete a master's in Conservation Medicine at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University. Her thesis focused on the mutual benefits of community gardens for human health and butterfly conservation in four South Bronx gardens. She also earned a bachelor's degree in Anthropology from Bryn Mawr College. Katie is passionate about environmental justice, and hopes to continue using a local, grassroots approach to addressing human health issues as a result of disproportionate environmental degradation.

Andre Mozeak

Outreach Coordinator

Andre Mozeak is a community organizer, educator, and activist. His work with various nonprofit organizations has allowed him to engage groups civically on important social and economic issues. Before completing his B.A. in International Studies at the City College of New York, Andre found his calling by helping to organize immigrant workers around New York State. In other positions he has, among other things, planned and coordinated large-scale voter registration efforts, helping newly naturalized Americans and over 10,000 high school seniors across New York City to register between 2016 and 2017. He has developed and led trainings to get community groups and young New Yorkers involved in Participatory Budgeting, Parent Teacher Associations, and Community Boards and has a number of years of experience coordinating field efforts for local, state, and federal political campaigns. Born and raised at the end of the E line in Jamaica, Queens, Andre is now a proud resident of East Harlem and enjoys writing and performing music, improving his Spanish, and can be found around the boroughs on nights and weekends volunteering for direct-service initiatives.

Keenen Willis

Program Corps Member

Keenen works in the programs department team supporting grassroots community groups as a NYC Civic Service Corps member. Prior to Citizens Committee, Keenen interned at the Department of Sanitation conducting outreach for the city’s recycling and organics programs. As an environmental education intern at WE ACT for Environmental Justice, he also expanded an interactive curriculum focused on environmental justice and community leadership. He earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Studies from Oberlin College. Keenen is committed to promoting environmental and climate justice through working with local NYC communities. He lives in Park Slope, Brooklyn.

Scott Young

Manager of Individual Giving and Special Events

Scott is a passionate fundraiser who works with our generous individual donors as well as those who contribute to our annual events to raise the funds necessary to achieve the mission of Citizens Committee.  With over a decade of development experience at organizations including the LGBT Community Center, the Joyce Theater Foundation, and Walnut Street Theatre, Scott is dedicated to providing opportunities for donors who want to make an impact and give to important organizations like Citizens Committee.  Scott holds a BA from Southern Utah University and lives in Glendale, Queens. 

Andrew Rohrberger

Manager of Institutional Giving

Andrew works in the development department and organizes volunteer days. Prior to joining Citizens Committee, he staffed state and federal political campaigns in his home state of New Jersey, concentrating on fundraising and grassroots organization. Andrew graduated from Tufts University with a degree in Political Science. While there, he created and taught a class for freshmen, whom he mentored through the transition to college. He lives in Crown Heights.

Erika Lim

Development and Volunteer Coordinator

Erika works in the development department to organize fundraising events and volunteer days to improve the lives of New Yorkers. Prior to joining Citizens Committee, she was an AmeriCorps service member serving in FEMA Corps where she was deployed to disaster relief efforts in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico during the unprecedented hurricane season of 2017.  Erika graduated from Soka University of America in Aliso Viejo, CA with a BA in Liberal Arts and a concentration in social and behavioral science. As a native New Yorker dedicated to living a contributive life, she is excited to return home to work side by side with her fellow New Yorkers to better their neighborhoods and their city together.

Carla Arichavala

Development Associate

Carla works in the development department supporting its fundraising efforts and volunteer programs. As a native New Yorker and the daughter of Ecuadorian and Dominican parents, Carla is passionate about the power of community engagement in preserving the vibrancy and rich culture of New York City’s diverse neighborhoods. Carla is a graduate of Binghamton University and previously worked with the New York Restoration Project, planning and executing public programs in community gardens, and at Socrates Sculpture Park.

 

Thelma Leemans

Executive Assistant

Thelma joined Citizens Committee in July 2004. She functions as Executive Assistant to the CEO, and additionally handles HR and accounting issues. Prior to coming to Citizens Committee, Thelma worked in the music industry in Los Angeles, London, and New York.

Ella Draplin

Summer Development Intern

Ella is a Summer Development intern helping the team with donor prospection and volunteer event logistics. She is a rising junior at the University of Michigan, majoring in organizational studies and international studies with a focus on nonprofit organizations and economic development. Ella recently worked in development at Physicians for Human Rights and as a group facilitator at the University of Michigan’s Program on Intergroup Relations. A New York City native from Harlem currently residing in Washington Heights, Ella is committed to supporting nonprofit organizations that work to support economic and community development in the local area.

Montra Oskoui

Summer Development Intern

Montra is a Summer Development Intern and rising senior at UC Berkeley, studying Political Science with a specialization in International Relations and Human Rights. She has worked as an office clerk for workplace fairness and human rights attorneys, and a student mentor for peers seeking personal and educational assistance. Montra is passionate about bettering communities in order to promote social, political, and environmental justice, and hopes to effectively address inequity issues through nonprofit work.