Executive Advisory Board

Jason Curtis Anderson
Wendy Blank
Lattina Brown
Reza Chowdhury
Yiatin Chu
Maria Danzilo
Charles Davis
Shannon Edwards
Keri Flaherty
Donna Grace
Andrea Harris
David Kelsey
Susan Lee
Lucas Liu
Ted Oehmke
Nicole Palame
Alexis Polgar
Beth Schwartz
Danyela Souza-Egorov
Rich Taverna
Lisanne Weinberg
Melanie Wesslock
Max Wesslock

Operations Directors

Maria Danzilo
Executive Director

Maria Danzilo is a lawyer and lifelong New Yorker who raised three children on the Upper West Side. She is a moderate Democrat recognized for her common sense approach to problem solving. Maria founded One City Rising because she is deeply committed to New York City and passionate about restoring the City for future generations.

Jason Curtis Anderson
Programs and Policy

Jason Curtis Anderson is a NYC based writer and political consultant focused on the crossroads of government and media. He has managed marketing campaigns for NY State lobbying firms, politicians, and fortune 500 companies. Jason has a keen ability to distill complex issues into forms readily understood by the middle class.

Lattina Brown
Advisor

Lattina Brown is a community advocate fighting on behalf of seniors, veterans and families for over 10 years. Born in Harlem, she currently resides in the Bronx with her daughter. After several years of government experience, Lattina ran for city council in 2021. She is a strong supporter of law enforcement and common sense policies.

Donna Grace
UWS Housing Policy

Donna Grace is an Upper West Side resident and activist who has worked to ensure the well- being and safety of her neighbors. She is passionate about advocating for safe housing conditions in our neighborhoods especially for people living in buildings without private security. She is an advocate for housing solutions that will stabilize neighborhoods.

Andrea Harris
Finance

Andrea has spent her career in a variety of financial roles, including work in the audit process and on implementing best practices and compliance. After moving to the Upper West Side in 2019, she became an active advocate for local concerns. She is a strong supporter of common sense politics and was the Treasurer for Maria Danzilo’s campaign for NY State Senate in 2022.

Lucas Liu
Education & Political Engagement

Lucas started as a volunteer running night school tutoring and SAT prep programs for low-income students for the Asian Professional Extension (APEX). Lucas was also President of Community Education Council 3, where he established Russian and Italian dual-language programs. He also co-founded Parent Leaders for Accelerated Curriculum and Education (PLACE NYC). Lucas advocates for quality education for all students.

Ted Oehmke
Technology & Housing

Ted realized he was a New Yorker after living 10 years in the same apartment of the Kip’s Bay neighborhood he now considers home. He is a former journalist and restaurant manager who currently works in web development. Having experienced first hand the negative consequences of poor local government, Ted supports a turn towards competence in local politics.

Nicole Palame
Political Engagement

Nicole is a mental health professional with a focus on schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. In 2019, her two elementary aged children were separately attacked by a mentally ill person. She has since become a strong advocate of practical approaches to addressing mental illness in the city and holding politicians accountable for inaction on these issues.

Alexis Polgar
Membership

Bio to come

Melanie Wesslock
Media

Melanie Weslock is a New Yorker, photographer and a mom. She is a strong advocate of finding practical solutions to the everyday challenges of raising a family and living in NYC. Melanie is planted squarely in the common sense middle.

Max Wesslock
Youth Coordinator

Bio to come

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