Anat Gerstein, Founder and President, started her eponymously named firm in 2010 after years of seeing first-hand the support nonprofits need to effectively tell their story. Prior to starting the business, Anat served as chief of staff and press secretary to New York City Public Advocate Betsy Gotbaum; provided public relations services to top healthcare companies, including Eli Lilly and Cigna; developed effective communications materials for social service and other non-profits; and promoted political candidates at the state and local level. She began her career nearly 25 years ago in the advertising sector, working on consumer brands such as Vicks and Crest.
Anat is a graduate of New York University’s Stern School of Business and a Sabra (Israeli native). Anat served on The New York Community Trust Nonprofit Excellence Awards Selection Committee from 2013 to 2018.
Jeff Simmons, Managing Director, has more than three decades of experience in private and public sector communications, media, and journalism. Well-networked in New York City, Jeff – who oversees the firm’s Arts & Culture practice area – currently hosts two shows on politics and policy on WBAI 99.5 FM radio: Driving Forces on Thursdays at 5:00 PM and City Watch on Sundays at 8:00 AM. He also hosts the It’s in Queens podcast for the Queens Economic Development Corporation.
Accomplished at leading long- and short-term communication initiatives, Jeff has designed strategic public relations and constituent outreach campaigns, tackled crisis communications, and overseen free and paid media campaigns.
Jeff previously served as senior vice president for communications at the Alliance for Downtown New York, the country’s largest Business Improvement District, where he spearheaded the organization’s public relations and communications strategy to amplify the region’s recovery a decade after the September 11th attacks. Prior to that, he ran communications for New York City Comptroller William C. Thompson, Jr., and served as campaign advisor to Thompson in 2009 and as his reelection campaign manager in 2005.
A born and bred journalist, Jeff spent 17 years as a reporter, working at The (Bergen) Record of Hackensack, New York Post, New York Daily News, and New York 1 News. A New Yorker for nearly two decades, Jeff lives in Queens. You can follow him on Twitter and Instagram at @JackHite
Erin Clarke, Senior Account Executive, joined the anat. team in 2020 after working as a television news reporter for 12 years. Erin previously worked at the NBC affiliate in Pittsburgh, as the Bronx reporter at NY1, and at other stations throughout New York State. Erin is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in English Writing, and Syracuse University, where she earned a master’s degree in Broadcast Journalism. She lives in the Bronx.
Jaime Williams, Senior Account Executive, joined the anat. team in 2015. Previously, she was a reporter at The Bronx Times, covering local news in education, government, business, and nonprofits. She was a member of Nonprofit New York’s Nonprofit Excellence Awards Selection Committee from 2018-2021. In 2022, she was named one of PRSA-NY’s 15 Under 35.
Jaime is a graduate of the University of Missouri, where she earned a Bachelor of Journalism degree studying print and digital news. She lives in Queens.
Jake Oliver, Vice President, oversees the firm’s Advocacy practice area. Jake joined anat. in 2018, after working for over three years at The TASC Group, where he managed media relations and crisis communications campaigns for clients in the nonprofit, labor, financial services, and health care fields. Prior to that, he worked in New York City politics and government, where he served as chief of staff to a member of the New York City Council and as a communications aide on a number of successful campaigns that elected candidates for city, state, and federal offices.
Jake received his bachelor’s degree from Drew University and his master’s degree in urban policy analysis and management from The New School. He is a native New Yorker, and lives with his wife and daughter in Brooklyn.
Jessica Meditz, Account Associate, joined the Anat team in 2023. Previously, she covered all things Queens as a community editor and reporter at the Queens Ledger newspaper group. Jessica earned her Bachelor’s degree from the State University of New York at Fredonia in 2021, with a major in Communication/Journalism and a minor in English.
At SUNY Fredonia, she served as editor-in-chief of the campus newspaper, The Leader, and worked as an English writing tutor at the university’s Learning Center. A Queens native, Jessica attended Frank Sinatra School of the Arts High School in Astoria, where she majored in dance. She resides in her hometown of Ridgewood.
Joanna Gallai, Senior Account Executive, began her career at Shandwick Public Affairs (now Weber Shandwick) in Washington, D.C. where she worked on the team that supported the U.S. government and a client in a case at the World Trade Organization. She later moved to the New York office where she staffed and managed a variety of consumer goods and food accounts, including Ferrero USA, which makes Nutella, and Eastman Kodak Company. When she left full-time paid work to stay home with her children, she continued freelancing and spent seven years as the vice president of communications for PennNYC, the University of Pennsylvania’s Alumni Association. At PennNYC, she created content for and launched the organization’s website and crafted all communications materials.
Joanna joined anat. part-time in 2013, fulfilling a career goal of working with nonprofits exclusively. In her current role, she especially enjoys finding engaging, moving, and surprising client stories that attract press coverage and ultimately move people to take action—whether it is purchasing an exhibition ticket, making a donation, or tweeting in support of a cause. She is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania where she earned a bachelor’s degree in communications and art history. She lives in New York City with her family.
Karin Venegas, Associate Vice President, has been with the anat. team since 2019 and works primarily in the firm’s Arts & Culture practice area. She has experience helping clients develop strategic communications plans and thought leadership, produce exhibition previews and press conferences, and secure impactful press stories that drive audience attendance and influence policy.
Prior to joining the firm, she served as Director of Development & Communications at Exploring the Arts, an arts education nonprofit founded by legendary singer Tony Bennett. There, she led the organization’s external communications strategy and effectively fundraised to sustain programmatic expansion from 14 to 46 schools.
A native New Yorker, Karin’s career began as a child actor in the city’s off-off Broadway theatre scene.She attended LaGuardia High School of the Performing Arts and Mount Holyoke College, where she obtained her bachelors in Sociology and Spanish. A documentary film she directed, Unafraid: Voices from the Crime Victims Treatment Center, won various festival awards and is now distributed by Women Make Movies.
Karin brings a lifelong passion for the arts, language, and storytelling to her work with the firm’s clients. She now lives with her husband and daughter in Astoria.
Lauren Mannerberg, Account Executive, joined the anat. team in 2022. Prior to joining the firm, she worked in the executive chamber in New York state government, handling communications for the Governor’s office. Before that, she worked for Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul as Director of Operations. There she developed and cultivated relationships with constituents, local elected officials, government agencies, nonprofits, advocacy groups, and the media to promote New York State policies and initiatives.
Lauren began her career at the Civil Service Employees Association (CSEA) labor union in their Legislative and Political Action department advocating on behalf of a diverse spectrum of workers. Lauren graduated from the University at Albany, where she received her bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Journalism and her master’s degree in Public Administration from the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy.
Linnea Mumma, Account Associate, joined the anat team in 2022. A New Jersey native, she is a recent graduate of Kenyon College, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in both English and music. At Kenyon, she served as the Editor-in-Chief of the Kenyon Collegian for the 2021-22 academic year, working as a news reporter prior to that position. She also worked as an associate at the Kenyon Review, a marketing assistant for Chalmers Library, and a consultant and liaison at the Writing Center. She currently resides in Park Slope, Brooklyn.
Lynsey Billet, Associate Vice President, worked in nonprofit advocacy, lobbying, and research prior to joining the anat. team in 2016. In her current role, Lynsey specializes in the firm’s Health practice area and works with organizations that engage in advocacy work and those that provide health care and other social services. Before joining anat., Lynsey was a member of AARP’s national campaign communications team, where she worked on digital and social media campaigns that furthered advocacy efforts on behalf of seniors. Lynsey also interned with the PPL Corporation, a utilities company in Pennsylvania, where she served as a junior lobbyist. As an undergraduate, she was a research assistant in the Political Science Department at Kutztown University of Pennsylvania. Observer recognized Lynsey as a 2022 PR Rising Star.
Marina Hansen, Account Associate, joined anat. in 2021. Prior to joining the team, Marina interned for B/HI, an entertainment-oriented public relations firm. She graduated from Pace University in 2021, with a bachelor’s degree in communications and a minor in art. At Pace University, Marina worked with different organizations through the Women’s Leadership Initiative which advocated for diversity, inclusion and accessibility across campus. Her advocacy work in university and love for the arts is what inspired her to work with nonprofits. A native Texan and a New Yorker since 2017, she currently lives in Brooklyn.
Matt Sollars, Vice President, joined the anat. team in 2022, and oversees the firm’s Community Development practice area. Prior to joining the agency, Matt led media and public relations at the New York City Campaign Finance Board where he organized the city-sponsored debates for four citywide election cycles. Matt helped launch the NYC Votes campaign and organized the design competition to select New York City’s first “I Voted” sticker.
Before entering city government, Matt was a policy analyst at the Citizens Budget Commission and a journalist covering city and state politics at Crain’s New York Business and WNYC. He has a master’s degree in journalism from CUNY, a bachelor’s degree in Italian Literature from Columbia, and a certificate in culinary arts from the Institute of Culinary Education. He lives in Westchester with his wife and two children.
Nasreen Hussain, Account Executive, joined the anat. team in 2022. She has a background in both television production and higher education administration. Before coming to anat. she helped to bring local stories to viewers across the tri-state area with more than a decade of experience in broadcast journalism at organizations including News 12, FiOS1 News, Fox 5 NY, and CNBC. Additionally, she served as the Assistant Director for Student Success at Pace University.
Nasreen is a graduate of Rutgers University, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism and English, and a master’s degree in communications. She volunteers her time and expertise to several organizations including the Rutgers Club of New York City, Alpha Chi Omega Fraternity, and A Walk To Believe. She is a Jersey Girl who splits her time between the Garden State and New York, and spends her spare time baking, traveling, and attending concerts.
Reynaldo Muniz, Senior Account Executive, joined the anat. team in February 2023. Prior to joining the firm, Reynaldo worked for the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation where he managed a communications portfolio for state-operated sites, major capital projects, and nonprofit partners. Reynaldo led the development of the All In Centennial Accessibility Campaign and coordinated innovative grant programs for social service organizations in the region. He designed and led the government relations effort for the SUNY statewide Tele-counseling program in 2017. He has deep experience in advocacy and electoral communications campaigns, particularly on mental health, clean energy, and development.
Rey received his Bachelor’s Degree from the University at Albany, where he studied Political Science and Public Policy at Rockefeller College. A transplant from New York’s Capital Region, he lives with his family in Manhattan.
Sandra Tharas, Account Executive, began her public relations career working for the German National Tourist Office in New York, showing U.S. travel journalists her home country. Sandra graduated in 1999 with a master’s degree in social sciences from Friedrich-Alexander University in Nuremberg, Germany and moved to the United States a year later. She has been working with Anat since 2016 and loves sharing the stories of our nonprofits with local reporters highlighting the important work they do. She lives in Queens with her family.
Sophie Crumpacker, Senior Account Executive, joined anat. in 2017. Her clients include social service, health and advocacy nonprofits. Prior to joining the firm, she worked in communications and development at Partnership with Children, a nonprofit that provides counseling services to New York City public school students. She also interned at the Huntington Disease Society of America and worked as a research assistant in a psychology lab. Sophie graduated from Washington University in St. Louis, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology and public health. She lives in Portland, Oregon.
Stephanie Millian, Vice President, Social Services, joined the anat. team in September 2022 and oversees the firm’s Social Services practice area. She has an extensive background in crisis and corporate communications and most recently was a Strategic Communications Consultant at the American Red Cross, where she previously served for 18 years and managed national communications and media relations activities for large-scale disasters and the Biomedical Services division.
Stephanie also worked as Senior Director of Communications for SourceAmerica, an organization dedicated to creating jobs for people with disabilities. Prior to that, she led the Communications team at ZERO TO THREE, a nonprofit dedicated to improving the lives of infants, toddlers, and their families. She also spent several years as a News Producer for a CBS affiliate in Georgia and as an Adjunct Professor of Mass Communications in the Boston area.
Stephanie graduated from Binghamton University with a B.S. in business management and earned her M.S. in broadcast journalism from Boston University.
YiMing Tseng-Lee, Operations Manager, joined the anat. team in 2018. YiMing currently oversees the firm’s administrative and human resources work. Previously, she worked at financial and non-profit firms as a Network Engineer. She currently volunteers as the President of the Knickerbocker Figure Skating Club, and has volunteered at her children’s schools in various capacities. YiMing graduated from Brooklyn College and lives in Queens with her family.
Zac Roy, Vice President, has more than 15 years of experience in public relations and communications. Since joining anat. in 2011, Zac has developed and executed communications strategies for a wide variety of New York City nonprofits, including organizations that provide education and youth services, economic development, and social services. Crain’s New York Business named Zac a “Notable Leader in Advertising, Marketing, and PR” in 2023.
Previously, Zac was a part of the corporate communications team at magazine publisher Time Inc., where he specialized in media relations, corporate branding, social media, speechwriting, and internal communications. He began his career as a journalist, covering communities in Lower Manhattan for The Villager and Downtown Express newspapers.
Zac is a graduate of New York University, earning bachelor’s degrees in Journalism and History. He has also done graduate work in Strategic Communications at Columbia University. A native of St. Louis, Missouri, and a New Yorker since 2000, he lives with his wife and son in Westchester County.
Anat Gerstein, Inc. is a communications firm that supports a broad array of nonprofits in their work to benefit society. We help local and national nonprofits tell their stories and communicate with key audiences: donors and funders, elected officials, community members, and the general public. Our nonprofit clients assist people experiencing poverty, homelessness and mental health concerns; they provide education, arts programming, advocacy and civic engagement; and they support local businesses and communities. A full list of available positions is available here.