Susanna Blankley

Right to Counsel NYC Coalition
Coalition Coordinator

Key Topics: Community Organizing, Leadership Development (curriculum, training and support), Campaign Development, Policy Innovations, Tenants Rights, Affordable Housing, Coalition Building, Internal Development, Structural Change

Bio: Susanna Blankley is the Coalition Coordinator for the Right to Counsel NYC Coalition, which is made up of more than 100 tenant advocate groups, tenant organizing groups, faith based groups, academics, and legal services providers throughout the New York City. While the Director of CASA, Susanna helped form the coalition in 2014, launching a campaign to pass legislation making it a right for tenants to have an attorney when facing eviction. The legislation became law in August 2017. Her current work focuses on oversight and implementation of the new legislation, in turning a law into a basic right for all tenants. Susanna began her work as a Labor Organizer in Puerto Rico, and has been organizing for safe and affordable housing in New York City since 2009. She teaches community organizing at the City College of New York as well the Advanced Community Organizing Class through the Center for Neighborhood Leadership.

Susanna has worked to advance Women’s Rights in Ecuador, New York City and Kenya. She received her undergraduate degree from Columbia University and her Masters in Intercultural Service, Leadership and Management from the SIT Graduate Institute.

Selected Speaking Experience

  • Partnering for Impact: Innovative Collaborations for Effective Organizing Conference – Panel Speaker, “Grassroots Policymaking”.
  • The Center for Bronx Non Profits Forum: “The Promise of Affordability: The de Blasio Plan and the Challenge for the Bronx,” Panel Speaker.
  • “Housing Justice: A Public Forum on New Yorkers Right to Counsel in Eviction Proceedings.” Plenary and Closing Speaker.