District Leaders

Janice Oppenheimer

Janice Oppenheimer

67th Assembly District, Part C

As a longtime political activist, Janice has worked for the Democratic party both in Queens for 30 years and again on the Upper West Side with CFD for the past 3 years. She joined CFD in the early 1980s where she met her husband, Richard and after living and working in Queens and raising their daughter, Suzanne, they returned to Manhattan where they are both proud to be members of CFD again, as well as involved residents of Lincoln Towers.

As part of CFD she has worked in the campaigns of Assemblymember Linda B. Rosenthal, Congressman Jerrold Nadler as well as Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign. As the Vice President for programming of CFD, she put together some of the general meeting programs including one on immigration and New York City as a sanctuary city. She works on the fundraising committee.

Janice worked in public broadcasting and was a paralegal in the Queens District Attorney’s office. As a graduate of Antioch College she is a progressive and an activist.


Marc Landis

67th Assembly District, Part C

Marc Landis has an unparalleled record of accomplishment as a community leader and activist on the Upper West Side, committed to the struggle for economic and social justice, human rights and political reform.

Marc has led rallies in support of labor rights, organized human rights seminars and rallies opposing racism and gender bias, served as an international elections monitor, and led the fight for “clean money” campaign finance reform and for fair redistricting.

Marc has provided free legal advice to dozens of local and regional nonprofit organizations, and represented City Council Members and State Senators in the legal battle against the West Side Stadium.

Marc is an elected Democratic Party district leader, representing 40,000 Upper West Side residents, and chairperson of the Manhattan Democratic County Committee. In these posts, he works closely with elected officials and government agencies to address issues including tenants’ rights, residential real estate tax reform, and transportation issues, and organizes Democratic campaign activities in swing states. As a court-appointed fiduciary, Marc has sued Fannie Mae and other banks to require them to provide emergency repairs and other services for tenants. Marc previously served on Community Board 7/Manhattan for 10 years, where he was a tireless fighter to protect our community from overdevelopment and to preserve our quality of life, and worked to mediate community disputes.

Marc is a partner at the historic Phillips Nizer law firm, where his practice focuses on developing and preserving affordable housing and providing counseling to individuals, co-op and condo buildings, and small businesses.

Marc resides on the Upper West Side with his wife, Judy, a television producer, and coaches the West Side Soccer League teams of their children, Rachel and Barak. They are active members of Congregation Rodeph Sholom.

Joan Paylo

Joan paylo

69th Assembly District, Part B

Joan Paylo has contributed her creativity and versatile writing skills as CFD’s District Leader since 2003 and as a club officer and member for 37 years. Trained in the art of street campaigning by Jerry Nadler, as publicist for his historic 1976 Assembly campaign, she has supported CFD, its elected officials and the Upper West Side with her media, organizing and people skills ever since. An award-winning writer, public affairs executive and radio/video producer, Joan uses her experience as an issues-oriented communications strategist for government and non-profits to advise grassroots constituent groups.

She has worked at ABC-TV and WMCA and WOR talk radio, as agency spokesperson for the Cuomo and Koch administrations, and in management positions at Howard J. Rubenstein Associates, The ASPCA, Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services. She has counseled the Animal Medical Center, Marble Collegiate Church, Friends of West Park and many other non-profits. In a three-year Washington stint during the Clinton administration, she was a fulltime consultant to NPR and a pioneering Internet public affairs firm, founding the GunFreeKids.org web site.

Whether the issue is affordable housing, worker rights or keeping small businesses in our neighborhood, Joan connects people to achieve results. Proud of her blue-collar Midwestern roots, she was trained as a magna cum laude journalist at Northwestern University, and earned an MS in Broadcasting from Syracuse University and a certificate in Teaching ESL from Columbia University.

Email: CFDJoan@aol.com

Twitter: @westsidejoanie

Alec Barrett CFD

Alec barrett

69th Assembly District, Part B

An educator, organizer, and lifelong Democrat, Alexander (Alec) Barrett was first elected District Leader in 2017. The same year, he was named Young Democrat of the Year by the Manhattan Democratic Party at their annual Demmy Awards. Alec serves as Third Vice-Chair of the County Committee.

Alec was born and raised on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, and has family roots in the Hudson Valley.  He has volunteered on dozens of political campaigns, including for Barack Obama, Chuck Schumer, Kirsten Gillibrand, and Jerry Nadler.

As a Teach for America corps member, Alec taught math at a public high school in Jackson, Mississippi. He has a BA in government from Harvard, where he also earned a Master’s in Education with a focus on education policy and management.

A resident of Morningside Heights, Alec serves as co-chair of the Youth, Education, and Libraries Committee of Community Board 9. Professionally, he works as a web developer specializing in data visualization, and is passionate about civic innovation and open data.

Twitter: @alecbarrett