Executive Committee

The Executive Committee is the governing body of NQD. All Officers of the Executive Committee are unpaid volunteers. Any Voting Member in good standing in the year preceding an election is eligible to run for a position on the Executive Committee. Persons holding or having publicly declared to be running for any paid public office or paid position in a political party are ineligible to serve on the Executive Committee. Officers are elected to one-year terms, except in the case of Officers elected by special election to fill vacancies for the remainder of a term. Elections are by majority vote by secret ballot at the first general body meeting of each year. Candidates may run for more than one office, but no person may hold more than one office.

Moajza Shahab
Communications Director

Born and raised in Queens, Moajza has recently gotten more involved with community organizing. She phonebanked for Bernie Sanders in the 2016 primaries and worked on the Ocasio-Cortez campaign in 2018. As someone working in tech, she’s looking forward to using her skills to help expand NQD’s outreach and involvement in local politics.

Nancy de Delva
NYPAN Co-Chair

As an activist, Nancy has participated in many rallies and campaigns throughout the years. In 2015, she joined the Bernie Sanders campaign. During that time, she met various Queens groups who also were active in the campaign. In 2016, she was elected as a delegate to the Democratic National Convention, where the New York delegation decided to stay organized and create a state organization, New York Progressive Action Network. She joined New Queens Democrats, a chapter of NYPAN, and was elected to serve on NQD’s board (now Executive Committee). She was also elected by the New York City chapters of NYPAN to serve on the Executive Committee of NYPAN. She has served both organizations ever since, and intends to continue to represent NQD in collaboration with other progressives in Queens and the State of New York.

Will Giron
NYPAN Co-Chair

William Giron is NYPAN Co-Chair for NQD. He is the proud child of immigrant parents from El Salvador who built their lives in Queens. First called to social justice after cutting class to join the 2006 ‘A Day Without Immigrants’ protests, he would further become politicized after reading the ‘Autobiography of Malcolm X’ in high school. William has a decade of community organizing experience both in the nonprofit sector and at the grassroots level. He began organizing around police accountability issues, both against Stop & Frisk and the NYPD Demographics unit. Later, he completed a fellowship as part of the National Organizing Institute’s network of environmental justice campaigns. The bulk of his work has centered around tenants rights and anti-gentrification efforts, from targeting predatory equity landlords to strengthening the city’s rent laws. He has also worked on local political campaigns, including as a field director for a successful assembly race. William currently works as a government liaison assigned to assist residents throughout Queens.

Jesse Rose

Jesse Rose has served as Treasurer for NQD since its inception. He’s a civil rights employment attorney at The Rose Law Group, PLLC in Astoria, Queens. He has lived in Queens since 2009 and has two children who attend public schools. He is a board member for Powhatan & Pocahontas Regular Democratic Club, he was a delegate for the Bernie Sanders 2016 presidential campaign, an alternate delegate for the Barack Obama 2008 presidential campaign, founded and was president of the Hofstra Law Democratic Society, and was a member of the Wake Forest Democratic Club. Jesse holds a J.D. from Hofstra University School of Law and a B.A. in Economics from Wake Forest University. Jesse believes that the political revolution means that government will become truly representative, responsive to the needs of the people, and will reject special interests from having a disproportionate affect in government.

Tim Wilson
Policy & Political Director

Tim has lived in Queens since 2007 and joined NQD in 2018. A policy nerd and lover of political history, Tim believes the biggest challenge we face today is climate change, because we have nothing if we don’t have a livable planet, and because climate change is inextricably linked to every other political problem of our time. As Policy & Political Director for NQD in 2019, Tim looks forward to developing a public platform for NQD and mobilizing campaign support for candidates endorsed by NQD.

Sam Schachter
Operations Director

A founding member of NQD, Sam has an extensive organizing background that includes creating interfaith dialogue on campus between Christians, Jews, and Muslims; a citywide arts fellowship; fundraising for NYC parks; and connecting students with career and internship opportunities. Sam currently resides in Astoria, Queens and can be found riding his bike around the neighborhood to potluck shabbat dinners, or in civic action meetings, connecting with neighbors and activists. He is currently finishing his MSW at Hunter College.