The Sustainable Port Chester Alliance is a coalition of faith, civic, housing and labor organizations, and community members, committed to building the power to secure responsible development, affordable housing, and good jobs, and to safeguarding human and civil rights in Port Chester.
Who we are
Tom Kissner, President
Joan Grangenois-Thomas, Secretary
Perla Zuniga Arellano, Community Organizer
Perla Zuniga Arellano is 23 years old and has lived in Port Chester since she migrated from Mexico at the age of 3 with her family. She graduated Port Chester High School in 2013 and then attended Westchester Community College where she majored in Criminal Justice Law – Police. With a lot of effort, dedication and two scholarships she was able to graduate with Business Honors and as a member of the Alpha Beta Gamma society, in May 2018.
“I love the work I do with the Alliance in helping my community all I can. I got accepted to John Jay College of Criminal Justice which is a dream come true! I plan to keep studying to be able to educate myself and gain more experience that will benefit my community and me even more!“
Joan Grangenois-Thomas, Executive Director
Joan Grangenois-Thomas is a 30-year resident of Port Chester, otherwise known as a ‘newbie’ to the community! She owns a successful boutique public relations firm that specializes in working with nonprofit and social enterprise organizations. Joan has a long history working with a variety of causes and organizations, including Port Chester Cares (as founding co-chair), the Rye, Rye Brook & Port Chester League of Women Voters (board member), Port Chester/Rye NAACP (past president), Edison School PTA (a long time ago), as well as various Port Chester School Board Parents Committees. She and her husband, David, have two children who graduated from Port Chester schools. Joan is also a graduate of Leadership Westchester, a program of Volunteer-New York!
“The Alliance is unique in Port Chester. There has never been a group that works to empower all those who have been marginalized, individuals, business owners, young people, everyone. It is a huge challenge but it is also a huge opportunity and I’m excited to be a part of that.”