Board of Directors

LESPFCU’s Board of directors provides leadership, support and advice for our work.

Deyanira Del Rio, Chair

Deyanira Del Rio is Co-Director of New Economy Project, an economic justice organization in NYC where she has led policy advocacy, coalition-building, and community education in NYC and beyond on fair lending, immigrant financial justice, and community reinvestment issues. She has served on LESPFCU’s board since 2002. Dey also served for nine years on the board of directors of  the National Federation of Community Development Credit Unions, including three years as a board chair. She is a past Revson fellow and was selected for the Coro Immigrant Civic Leadership Program . In 2009 Dey received the Mujeres Destacadas (Outstanding Women) award from El Diario/La Prensa.

Eben Sheaffer, Treasurer

Eben Sheaffer is the Federation’s Chief Financial Officer and Chief Investment Officer.  From 2010 to 2013 Eben served as the President of Neighborhood Trust Federal Credit Union, a $9 million full-service credit union and Federation member located in New York, NY.  Eben also serves as the Board Treasurer for the Lower East Side People’s Federal Credit Union.  Eben began his career in the investment industry in 1999.  He has worked as a Quantitative Analyst at Aurarian Capital Management, as a Financial Modeling Consultant for Thomson Financial, and as the technical lead for a Risk Management group at Brown Brothers Harriman. Eben is a Chartered Financial Analyst and a Certified Financial Risk Manager.

Linda Levy

Linda Levy, CEO, Lower East Side People’s FCU (LESPFCU), has been involved in the credit union movement, and specifically the Lower East Side People’s FCU since 1986.  Ms. Levy held the position of Manager from the inception of the credit union through 1991.  She then worked as the Organizing Specialist for the National Federation of Community Development Credit Unions for several years while continuing to serve on the Board of Directors of LESPFCU.  In September 2005 she agreed to fill the position of CEO following the purchase and assumption of Homesteaders FCU.

Pintso Topgay

Pintso has been serving as a Deputy Director, for the Workforce1 Queens Career Center since January 2011. Prior to this role Pintso oversaw the delivery of business services, including financing, legal, licensing, procurement and business start-up assistance, to business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs in New York City, where Grant Associates Inc. operates two NYC Business Solutions Centers. Originally from Sikkim, India, Pintso holds a Masters in Public Administration from the City University of New York’s Baruch Graduate School of Public Affairs. During his studies, Pintso was chosen as the first Kauffman Fellow at the top-performing New York State North Brooklyn Empire Zone, administered by the East Williamsburg Valley Industrial Development Corporation (EWVIDCO).

Pia Longarini, Secretary

Pia is Manager of Business Services and Program Development at TruFund Financial Services, Inc. She is responsible for managing all of TruFund’s technical assistance services in New York City. She develops, markets, and conducts information sessions for small businesses and nonprofits, to assist them formalize their business practices. She has a history of collaboration with both staff and Board members of LESPFCU in small business lending. She became a member of the credit union in 2013.

Gina Rusch

Gina is the former president of the Board of Directors of Union Settlement Federal Credit Union where she served for 34 years. She is also the retired Associate Executive Director of Union Settlement Association (USA) and the current assistant secretary of the Board of Directors of USA.

Gonzalo Mercado 

Gonzalo Mercado, a native of Chile, is the executive director and founder of La Colmena Community Job Center and the New York coordinator of the National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON). Gonzalo has over ten years of experience working with low wage immigrant workers through grassroots organizing, leadership and workforce development.  He has also established the first transnational project with immigrant workers from Puebla, Mexico living in Staten Island, NY that has resulted in the reunification of over 20 families after over 20 years of separation and the creation of the NewYorkTlan Transnational Festival. Most recently he facilitated the incubation of the first worker owned cooperative on Staten Island. Gonzalo also serves on the board of the New York Immigration Coalition and the North Star Fund. He is a current M.I.T. Mel King Community Fellow.

Millard “Mitty” Owens
Credit Union member since 2007. Mitty has extensive experience with credit unions and philanthropies. He is founder and principal of Community Impact, a consulting practice which provides technical assistance to non-profits and foundations with a social justice mission.

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