Officers of the Club
Nick has helped HK Dems find our voice - whether that's building our websites, knocking on doors, writing club emails, or organizing phone banks and postcard parties. He brings experience working with volunteer groups in LGBT civil rights, volunteer counseling, and homeless outreach. Nick's personal goal is to make HK Dems into an active, passionate, campaigning organization that can speak with voters in our neighborhood and beyond about Democratic values. He feels a strong moral obligation to fight the Republican agenda, especially when it exploits the weakest and most vulnerable in our society for the benefit of the rich and powerful.
As an activist, whose priority is climate change, and a 28-year resident of Hell's Kitchen, Paulette is proud to be serving the HKDems. With a background in management, she is currently semi-retired and working on events as a freelancer. She campaigned for Obama in 2008 when she lived in LA and went to Las Vegas for the last push of the campaign and celebrated at Harrah's Hotel in the Presidential Suite with the Beverly Hill Democratic Club. In 2012, she was living in NYC and volunteered on the campaign, traveling to PA and West Palm Beach for the final push and celebrated at a party for Chris Murphy who ousted Alan West!! She was invited to the White House for a holiday party in 2013 and met the Obamas. Since this she has been very active along with great friends that she made working with OFA. She has two sons and two grandsons. Contact Paulette.
Director of Communications
Christopher is a 2nd generation native son of Hell’s Kitchen and grew up on 47th street between 8th and 9th Avenue. He proudly boast attending PS 51, PS 111, Senator Robert F Wagner Middle School, and The High School for Environmental Studies. Upon completion Christopher studied Comparative Literature, with minors in Sociology and Economics at CUNY Hunter College and Saint Louis University where he was a minority student rights activist, charter founder of his chapter fraternity, and student housing organizer. Chris is a member of the 47th Street 48th Street block association, President and Founder of the West 47th Street Tenants Association, and Member of the High School for Environmental Studies Alumni Board. Appointed on Manhattan Community Board 4 by Borough President Gale Brewer in 2016 Chris sits on the Hell's Kitchen Clinton Land Use and Zoning committee and the Waterfront Parks and Environment committee, and was appointed to represent MCB4 on First Lady McCray’s Mental Health Awareness Art Mural Steering Committee. He loves his mother and father very much and home-brews a mean chocolate porter.
Director of Membership and Outreach
Director of Political Affairs
Director of Programming and Events
A life-long resident of Hell’s Kitchen, Aleta has been serving her community since she was a child working beside her mother as a volunteer during the AIDS crisis. She became politically active in her teen years, campaigning for local and presidential candidates, as well as working with NARAL as a lobbyist for a woman’s right to choose. She marched on Washington against the Gulf War. Beyond our shores, her community service extended to the mountains of Costa Rica, where she traveled with other volunteers to help rebuild septic systems assist after the devastation of hurricane Cesar. She returned to community service in 2016, initially as Secretary of the Manhattan Plaza Tenants Association. The following year she put a slate together and was elected President. In December of 2017 she and her team were re-elected to serve the 3500 tenant body once again. Raising her four-year-old son, and serving her vibrant community are the joy and passion of her life.
Michael is a 17-year resident of Hell’s Kitchen and native of Staten Island. He is the full-time Senior Producer and Business Director at Overland Entertainment, a boutique event production company, where he produces nationwide large-scale festival productions, award shows, and red carpets. He holds a BFA from New York University with a major in Film Production and a minor in Medieval & Renaissance Studies. He is also a classical pianist, avid motorcyclist, video gamer, and amateur curler.
Member at Large
Carl is a resident of 48th Street and proud to have been a founder member of the Hell’s Kitchen Democrats. Carl served as the assistant campaign manager for Deborah Glick’s re-election campaign and was the Co-Manager for the 2017 Hell’s Kitchen District Leader Race which was successful in defeating candidates backed by the 100 year old McMannus club. Carl also works for Council Speaker Corey Johnson as the liaison to Community Board 4. As a lifelong Democrat, Carl is proud to help bring new and exciting grassroots change to the neighborhood!
John is a New Jersey native, living in New York City for the past 10 years and in Hell's Kitchen for the past 3. He joined Hell's Kitchen Democrats after the 2016 presidential election and was immediately drawn to the Politics Committee, where he helped in the on-the-ground work that was required to flip the State Senate and the House of Representatives. With a Master in Public Policy, he is passionate about developing effective policy solutions to many of the problems facing everyday New Yorkers, such as affordable housing, healthcare, and electoral reform. He is excited to serve as the Recording Secretary of HK Dems, and looks forward to ensuring that our legislators enact policy proposals consistent with our values.
Natalie has served as a special educator for eleven years, and is currently working in Manhattan as an elementary school Reading Specialist, teaching children with language-based learning disabilities. She holds a Bachelors of Science from Southern Illinois University Carbondale and a Master of Arts from Teachers College, Columbia University. Natalie was an Arthur Zankel Urban Fellowship recipient at Teachers College in 2011, and has taught there as an adjunct professor in the Reading Specialist program since the spring of 2018. Since her time working as a young college student in the AmeriCorps program in Illinois, Natalie has been driven by a desire to serve her community. A Hell’s Kitchen resident for four years, she has brought that desire to her new neighborhood. “In November, 2016, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. The shock of this diagnosis, compounded with the election of Donald Trump and the almost certain destruction of the Affordable Care Act, was the catalyst for my activism. I started an Indivisible group, organizing against the repeal of the Affordable Care Act, and joined the Hell’s Kitchen Democrats. Two years later, cancer free, and with the ACA still the law of the land, I continue this vital work in my community.”
Member at Large
Christine has lived in Hell’s Kitchen for more than 25 years and is passionate about health, education and community building. Currently a freelance medical writer, she has worked as a journalist and editor for TIME and Scientific American. She is also president of the West 55th Street Block Association, where—among other things—she created a college travel grant program for junior students at the nearby High School for Environmental Studies.
Member at Large
Elizabeth has her roots in theatre. Born in the Midwest she has lived in the Hell’s Kitchen community for 30 years. In a past life, she has appeared in numerous productions in and around NYC, mostly at American Globe Theatre, of which for 25 years she was also the Executive Director. Decades ago Ms. Keefe was a featured player on All My Children and has been seen in numerous commercials. She holds an MFA from FSU, Asolo Conservatory and studied abroad at the Webber Douglas Academy in London. For the past 3 years she has transferred all of her energy and theater skills into being a political activist. She is extremely proud to call this neighborhood home and is very invested in seeing that it remains a vibrant, environmentally clean and safe place to live and work.
Member at Large
Seth is an immigration attorney practicing in New York City and New Jersey, who prepares asylum cases for people fleeing their home countries due to gang violence, domestic abuse and political violence. Additionally, he files petitions for legal immigrants trying to bring over their families and loved ones to the United States. Seth also conducts community outreach workshops and seminars in immigrant neighborhoods across the state. He is passionate about neighborhood issues and local politics. One of his main goals is to start a pro bono legal clinic for members of the Hell’s Kitchen community.
Member at Large
As a recently elected Member-at-Large for The Hell’s Kitchen Democratic Club, as well as my many years teaching at the College level, Diane will bring her energy, knowledge and vision, as well as her long history of activism to learn, listen, address and participate in actions and activities that promote ideas, programs, outreach and quality of life issues to improve the lives of all members of a vibrant and diverse community. “It is a great time to live in Hell’s Kitchen and I am thrilled to be an active and strong participant in its success, and to encourage its commercial, economic, educational and social growth.”
MARTI ALLEN-CUMMINGS - Founding President
ADDITIONAL FOUNDING MEMBERS
Marti is a current board member of Community Board 9 as well as a member of the Mayor's Advisory Council on Nightlife. As a drag artist he is known for his political activism, concert tours, talk show, and television appearances. He has used his drag as a force to engage people to become active in politics.
Additional Founding Executive Committee Members
Female District Leader, Assembly District 75 - Part B
As the longest-serving head of the Manhattan Plaza Tenants Association and as a community leader, Marisa has fought against excessive development in Hell’s Kitchen, and to preserve the “community” preference at Manhattan Plaza. As a union activist and actor (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Sex and the City, and The Sopranos, among others) she was active in the merger of SAG and AFTRA. Marisa grew up in East Rochester, NY, and was the first in her family to attend college, graduating from Ithaca College with a BFA in Acting/Directing. She is a breast cancer survivor. Visit Marisa’s website.
Male District Leader, Assembly District 75 - Part B
Paul is a lifelong Democrat and long-time activist who has been fighting for progressive causes for most of his adult life. He has worked in over 20 states on Democratic campaigns from Dukakis for President to Corey Johnson for City Council. Besides being District Leader, he serves on Manhattan’s Community Board 4, organizes with Gays Against Guns, fundraises for MS Society, and is one of the earliest members of Hell’s Kitchen Democrats. Paul believes that the Democratic Party can and should be more representative of our neighborhood so will work to ensure voices from Hell’s Kitchen are heard by our local elected officials and at the Party.