Met Council On Housing: Board of Directors

Board members of Met Council, Inc - 501(c)(4)

David Brown (Secretary) is a dedicated Met Council volunteer who has helped thousands of tenants on Met Council on Housing's Tenants' Rights Telephone Hotline and Walk-in Tenants' Rights Clinic since 2006. David also serves on the volunteer staff of Tenant/Inquilino.

Jackie Del Valle (Chair) is the former Director of Organizing at Housing Conservation Coordinators, Inc. Prior to working at HCC, Jackie founded CASA (Community Action for Safe Apartments) at New Settlement while working as a tenant organizer in the Bronx. Jackie has served on the Met Council Board for eight years.

Cathy Grad is an attorney who specializes in representing tenants, first as a staff attorney at the Legal Aid Society's Community Law Offices and now as a partner at Grad & Weinraub, LLP. She is active in the Morningside Heights area of New York City in issues affecting tenants and has volunteered at clinics helping tenants throughout New York City.

Edline Jacquet is the housing policy analyst at the Supportive Housing Network of New York, and formerly worked for New York State Senator Liz Krueger.

Jenny Laurie (Treasurer) is the former Executive Director at Met Council on Housing and currently serves as the Assistant Director at Housing Court Answers.

Jon Lilienthal is a paralegal at the law firm of Collins, Dobkin & Miller LLP. A former tenant leader with the Queens League of United Tenants, Jon continues to stay active on rent regulation and enforcement issues.

Kenny Schaeffer (Vice Chair) is a housing attorney with The Legal Aid Society and a long-time advocate of home rule (repealing the Rockefeller era Urstadt Law).

Mike McKee is was a tenant organizer at Met Council on Housing and the Brooklyn Tenants Union, and in 1974 Michael founded the New York State Tenants & Neighbors Coalition, a statewide membership organization that lobbies and advocates for tenant rights legislation. When serving as executive director of the Peoples Housing Network from 1977 to 1982, Michael founded the School for Organizers. He is currently the treasurer for the Tenants Political Action Committee.

Gloria Sukenick (Vice Chair) is a longtime volunteer with Met Council on Housing, having counseled hundreds of tenants by phone at our office and at our Lower East Side clinic on Tuesday nights. Gloria is well know for her tenant and affordable housing activism in the Chelsea community

Scott Sommer (Honorary Chair) is the New York Area Director of the United Auto Workers, Region 9A, and is the host and producer of Met Council on Housing’s radio show, Housing Notebook. Scott became a member of the UAW when he worked as a tenant/organizer and paralegal at South Brooklyn Legal Services, and was later promoted to Senior Staff Attorney. Before his career in legal services, Scott was the Executive Director of the Bensonhurst Tenants Council


Board members of Met Council Research & Educational Fund, Inc - 501(c)(3)


Linda Daniels is a city caseworker who helps disabled tenants, and was formerly a community organizer at the Abyssinian Development Corporation. She first came to Met Council seeking assistance when she was president of her tenant association in Harlem.

Jennifer Flynn is a managing director of Health GAP (Global Access Project). Previously, Jennifer was the co-founder and Executive Director of the New York City Aids Housing Network.

William Gribben is a tenant attorney at the firm Himmelstein, McConnell, Gribben and Donohue, and has represented tenant groups affiliated Met Council on a pro-bono basis.

Judith Pasternak is a director on the national committee of the War Resisters League, former editor of the Nonviolent Activist, and former managing editor of the Guardian Newsweekly.

Rafael Sencion is a staff representative at DC 1707, the community and social agency employees union of the AFL-CIO. He was a lead organizer of Latinos and Latinas for Peace and Justice, and is the secretary general of the Congress for Dominican Rights.

Jon Lilienthal is also a board member of Met Council, Inc. See his bio above.

Kenneth Schaeffer (chair) is also a board member of Met Council, Inc. See his bio above.

Stuart Lawrence (treasurer) is also a board member of Met Council, Inc. See his bio above.

Scott Sommer (vice-chair) is also a board member of Met Council, Inc. See his bio above.