Meet the Met Council on Housing staff 

Ava Farkas - Executive Director
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A native of the Bronx, Ava has been a community organizer for over a decade. She worked as the lead organizer on the Northwest Bronx Community and Clergy Coalition's fight for living wage jobs and community-driven development at the Kingsbridge Armory which blocked Mayor Bloomberg's plan to turn it into a shopping mall. Ava went on to run the Living Wage NYC campaign with the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union, which won passage of the Fair Wages for New Yorkers Act, securing a living wage of $13.13 for employees at city-subsidized developments. Prior to joining Met Council on Housing, Ava served as Chief of Staff to Council Member Antonio Reynoso of Williamsburg and Bushwick Brooklyn, co-chair of the City Council Progressive Caucus.



Andrea Shapiro - Program Manager and Member Organizer
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Andrea is a lifelong Brooklynite, who is passionate about building strong and stable communities. She came to the Met Council after being the Volunteer Manager at Hunger Free America. Andrea has previously worked as a field organizer and lobby day coordinator for a political consulting firm. She has also worked closely with the domestic workers rights movement both nationally and locally as part of Jews for Racial and Economic Justice (JFREJ), where she is on the board. Andrea has a Masters in Social Work specializing in Community Organizing from Silberman School of Social Work.  She has also been a Grace Paley Organizing Fellow and Rene Cassin Human Rights Fellow.  Andrea is also on the board of Rene Cassin US. Before returning to school, Andrea worked in the development department at the Metropolitan Opera. When not organizing, she has a passion for art and cooking.


Johanna Monge - Tenant Organizer
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Johanna is a native New Yorker who came into Met Council after graduating from Clark University with an honors degree in Political Science and Urban Development. While at Clark University she sat on the President’s Diversity Advisory Council, as well as was a Community Organizing Intern for Worcester Common Ground CDC. She was previously a leader field coordinator and site supervisor for the MAPSCorps Mapping Project, working with Mount Sinai Adolescent Health Center, Two Bridges Neighborhood Council, and Cypress Hills Local Development Corporation. Johanna is a first generation Peruvian- American who grew up in Queens.