The DemocracyReady NY Coalition is convened by the Center for Educational Equity at Teachers College, Columbia University. Our members include  educators, academics, education stakeholder groups, youth leaders, civic education practitioners, youth-development specialists, parents, civic leaders, and advocates. 

We strive to represent the entire state and be multigenerational, politically inclusive, and racially and socioeconomically diverse. We prioritize memberhsip recruitment to meet these goals. 




Jason Clark, Metropolitan Black Bar Association

Shira Epstein, The City College of New York

Brett Levy, University at Albany, SUNY

Ioana Literat, Teachers College, Columbia University

Yolanda Sealey-Ruiz, Teachers College, Columbia University

Jaclyn Siegel, Media Literacy Now New York

Christopher Sperry, Project Look Sharp 

Laura Smith, Teachers College, Columbia University

Lisa Kissinger, Shenendehowa Central Schools

Gail Ehrlich, NYC DOE Teacher/Law Coach (retired)

Jenny Osowski, Otselic Valley

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