Board and Staff

Nia Adams, Community Organizer

Nia Adams is a graduate of Hofstra University’s Honors College where she received a B.A. in both History and Religion – learning to understand the historic context of social structures in order to apply them to social justice & human rights work. She completed her departmental research paper on the history of environmental racism in the metro- New York area, including disparities within Long Island communities.

During her undergraduate career, Nia became involved with several grassroots organizations including Peace Action New York State, an internship with Pax Christi Metro New York, and a fellowship with the Long Island Alliance for Peaceful Alternatives. Following graduation, Nia continued her involvement with social justice working as a Patient Advocate with Planned Parenthood of Nassau County’s Action Fund – which included meeting with representatives in both the House and Senate to discuss the importance of reproductive rights & justice for marginalized communities. Additionally, she completed the Innovative Cultural Advocacy fellowship with the Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute in El Barrio, New York. She also works as an outreach/social media coordinator with the March for Racial Justice NYC and as a volunteer intern with the African-American Museum of Nassau County located in Hempstead.

Nia can be reached at 516-541-1006 ext. 12 or

John Delaney

John Delaney, LIPC Administrative Director

John 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

Dan Fingas

Dan Fingas, Organizing Director

Dan 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

Ryan Madden, Sustainability Organizer

As a graduate of Binghamton University, Ryan received a BA in Political Science and Environmental Studies. Prior to his work in sustainability, Ryan focused on electoral politics, campaigning for national and local candidates in his hometown of White Plains and in Binghamton. Throughout his last year in college, Ryan worked for the Energy Conservation Corps. of Cornell Cooperative Extension promoting NYSERDA’s Green Jobs Green New York energy efficiency program. After leaving Binghamton, Ryan remained committed to working on issues of climate and energy. In November 2013 he served as a delegate to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change with SustainUS, a non-profit advocacy organization. Upon returning home, Ryan worked as the Special Assistant for Policy at Dental Recycling International, a mercury recycling company, while also serving as the Policy Coordinator on SustainUS’ Steering Committee. Ryan joined the LIPC in September 2015 as a Community Organizer for PowerUp Communities. As the Sustainability Organizer, Ryan leads LIPCs efforts for energy democracy and climate justice locally and statewide.

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

Lisa Tyson

Lisa Tyson, Director

Lisa Tyson is a powerful, and passionate, advocate for progressive change on Long Island. Since joining LIPC in 1995, LIsa has won important victories around a policy agenda aimed at social, economic and racial justice. As Director, she formulates policy, lobbys, campaign strategy development,  raises funds, and manages staff in support of that ambitious program.

Her successes are legendary: Passing publicly financing of elections in Suffolk County, major affordable housing wins; writing and passing Nassau Counties Living Wage Law; Demanding fair elections by lobbying successfully for optical scanners in voting; And anchoring a statewide campaign to change the statewide education formula to be based on students’ needs. Tyson is a founding member of the Working Families Party where she plays a crucial role in endorsements. She was named one of 2010 Long Island Press‘s 50 Most Influential People on Long Island. In 2017, she was named as one of Long Island Business News Top 50 Women on Long Island . In 2018, Lisa was named as one of the  City and State New York’s Long Island Power 50, which said this about Lisa:

An expert at grass-roots organizing, Lisa Tyson has been behind some of the most uphill political battles on Long Island in recent history. She galvanized commuter support for the Long Island Rail Road’s third track, helped pass the law increasing the state’s minimum wage and pushed affordable housing projects in Huntington and Southampton over the finish line. She skillfully fills an assortment of roles, from policy wonk to fundraiser to advocate, and has become a leader of Long Island’s “resistance” movement.

A lifelong resident of Long Island, Lisa graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Marketing/Communications from the Fashion Institute of Technology in 1993. She continued her studies in the Masters of Science program in Urban and Environmental Studies at Renssealear Polytechnic Institute in 1994.

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

Blanca A. Villanueva

Blanca A. Villanueva, Long Island Community Education Organizer

Blanca 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

Board Members

Elaine Calos, Michael Haber(Treasurer) , Claudia Hanover, Farhana Huda Islam(C0-Chair), Lauren La Magana,  Laura Maffei, Paul Merkelson(C0-Chair), Benjetta Miller, Ruth Silverman (Officer), David Sprintzen(Secretary), Luis Valenzuela, Tammie Williams and all full time staff.